Ship Electricians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Ship electricians operate and repair electrical systems on ships. They keep electrical power plants, wiring, and machinery in working order, maintain and repair shipboard elevator systems, and interpret electrical sketches, diagrams, and blueprints.

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Work Environment

Ship electricians usually work indoors, aboard ships or submarines. They also work in ship repair shops on land.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Rail Transportation
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Ship Electricians in the Military

10,489

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Salary

Average Salary

$47,107

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 44%
  • High school 27%
  • Some college 13%
  • Associate's degree 10%
  • Less than high school 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Ship electricians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice repairing electrical systems, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Electrical theoryTroubleshooting proceduresMaintenance and repair proceduresReading diagrams and calculating amperage, voltage, and resistance levelsElectrical circuit analysisMotor, generator, and transformer principles

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Production and Processing
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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