How to Become a Navy Boiler Technician

Working as a Navy Boiler Technician means literally keeping the United States Navy moving. This is because most every large ship in the fleet is based on steam power. Whether the engines are powered from electricity, gas or nuclear, the end result is steam which will turn the screws. You will be fulfilling a role which is essential to the operation of your ship and to the protection of the fleet.

Job Description

Working as a Navy Boiler Technician means working to maintain and repair all mechanisms related to the steam propulsion systems. You will have to test inventories and supplies of water and fuel. You will also have to maintain correct levels for all systems in order to regulate their proper function. You will be stationed on sea and on land to assure the proper function of machinery.

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Skills and Training

To be a good Navy Boiler Technician, you should be good at math and solving problems. You should also be

able to work with power tools. You should be good with your hands and have a proficiency working with mechanical systems.

After completing your basic training, you will undergo advanced training. The amount of time you will spend in training will depend on where you will be stationed and what kind of machinery you will be working with most often. You will also be trained in safety operations to keep you and the rest of your crew safe.

3 Responses to "How to Become a Navy Boiler Technician"

  1. Richard J. Kennedy  March 15, 2013 at 6:50 am

    A quote from above: “Whether the engines are powered from electricity, gas or nuclear, the end result is steam which will turn the screws.” Gas turbine engines (i.e.marine application jet engines) have NOTHING to do with steam.

    Also, there were, in the past ships in which steam was used to turn turbines which in turn turned generators which powered electric motors connected directly to the screws but the last time the Navy used that system was 90 years ago.

  2. BETT  April 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks to the navy for the good work and especially the boiler technician because am also a boiler technician .

  3. Norka  September 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Bett… Good to see some of us are still around. I too am a BT. Now that the BT and MM have merged there are many who are not familiar with our kind… Basically they are now both the same. So what are we now, Modern day retired MM’s… Grin…

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