Imagine the power needed to propel a 97,000-ton aircraft carrier through the Pacific or catapult a 70,000-pound aircraft into flight off a ship’s flight deck. The machines that create that type of force are supervised and maintained by Sailors in the energy and power field. A strong interest in the mathematics, physics, and mechanical fields could place you in the ranks of the Navy community responsible for keeping the fleet moving.
What Will You Do?
As a member of the energy and power field, you might be the key to repairing the ship’s propulsion system while on a patrol in the Indian Ocean. Or you could be in charge of inspecting and maintaining the ship’s alarm systems, which are vital to the health and welfare of the entire crew. Other duties include:
- Maintain and repair gas turbine engines
- Maintain and control steam generators
- Operate pumps, turning gear, air compressors, air dehydrators, and engineering and control systems
- Work with all facets of the Navy’s nuclear power generation machinery
Skills and Training
In addition to traditional power-generating systems, the Navy is the leader in the development and operation of shipboard nuclear power plants. If you are interested in a challenging and comprehensive technical education in a highly specialized field, the energy and power field could be for you. Intensive classroom training in mathematics, physics, and basic engineering, followed by training at a nuclear prototype plant, is yours if you choose nuclear power as your career path.
Your training may also prepare you for the following careers:
The Navy is always looking for intelligent individuals to work as part of the energy and power field. The opportunity for placement in both the nuclear and traditional areas of the energy and power field is excellent.
- Nuclear Power Plant Operator
Earn College Credits
The energy and power community provides advanced technical operating training, as well as continued college education and tuition assistance. Much of this training translates to credit hours at the bachelor’s and associate’s degree levels. Other incentives for qualified individuals might include a signing bonus of up to $60,000 or special-duty pay.
The need for energy and power in our increasingly high-tech world is growing at a phenomenal rate. Your knowledge of traditional and nuclear power will be an indispensable asset that will be in high demand, whether in the Navy or the civilian community.