Sailors in this occupational specialty keep ships, submarines, aircraft, and weapons systems operating safely and correctly. They are the key to every mission’s readiness and success. Their main objective is to keep the fleet operating at full capacity. Constantly working with million-dollar machinery and equipment can carry a great deal of pressure. But if you’re technically oriented, have strong trouble-shooting skills, and love to work with your hands, you might embrace the challenges presented in the mechanical and industrial career field.
What Will You Do?
If it’s a machine, vehicle, or electronic system used by the Navy, chances are that Sailors in the mechanical and industrial field fix, maintain, inspect, and/or operate it. You might inspect or repair mechanical evaporators that turn seawater into fresh water. Or maybe you’ll troubleshoot the systems on an F/A-18 Hornet jet. Whether specializing in systems in the areas of navigation, communication, or transportation, your skills are vital to the successful operation of the Navy. Some of your other duties might include:
Some of the jobs within the mechanical and industrial field might qualify you for duty as a member of the legendary “Fighting Seabees.” The Seabees are members of the Navy frontline construction battalion. They provide a vital link between land and sea by constructing buildings, ports, and other structures required for Navy ships, aircraft, support machinery, and personnel.
- Test, install, and maintain a wide range of aircraft instruments and electrical equipment, including generators, motors, and lighting systems
- Perform aircraft engine repair
- Maintain aircraft fuselages, wings, fixed and movable surfaces, airfoils, regular seats, wheels and tires, and controls and mechanisms
- Perform daily, preflight, postflight, and other periodic aircraft inspections
- Troubleshoot and repair numerous complex systems
- Build, maintain, and operate power production facilities and electrical distribution systems
- Repair and maintain heavy construction and automotive equipment
- Operate, service, and repair internal combustion engines
- Perform welding and cutting operations
- Install, operate, and repair heating, piping, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
- Maintain and repair gas turbine engines, and auxiliary and test equipment
- Maintain and control ship’s service steam generators
- Operate and maintain hydraulic power plants, hoists and cylinders, oxygen generators, atmosphere control equipment, refrigeration systems, diesel engines, and pressurized air systems
- Operate, service, and repair submarine auxiliary and weapon systems
- Perform chemical and quality-assurance tests on water and oil
- Control operation of turbogenerators used to produce electrical power
Skills and Training
Your training will consist of both on-the-job training and formal Navy schooling. The training you receive depends on the job you have. You might learn how to inspect, maintain, and repair your ship’s gas-turbine propulsion system. Or you might learn about the intricacies of the systems aboard an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter. Whatever job you receive training for in the mechanical and industrial field, you can be assured the training will be top-notch and taught by the best in the world.
Your extensive training might prepare you for future civilian careers such as a:
Advanced technical and operational training is available in this field during later stages of career development. Also, some jobs within this field offer accelerated promotions to higher pay grades.
- Airframe Mechanic
- Power Plant Mechanic
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Aircraft Mechanic
- Diesel Mechanic
- Refrigeration Mechanic
- Electronics Mechanic
- Hydroelectric Machinery Mechanic
- Electric Motor Repairer
Earn College Credits
The training you’ll receive in this field may count as credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. You may also receive an opportunity for continued education through various Navy college programs along with tuition assistance.
Anything with gears, electronics, wiring or other parts eventually breaks down. Your training in the Navy mechanical and industrial field will arm you with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed to prepare you for a successful career in any mechanical repair field, either in or out of the Navy.