Every successful engineering career needs a solid foundation, and that’s exactly what you’ll get. Do your
job right, and you’ll build structures that will last for years to come—and a career that will take you
wherever you want to go.
ENGINEERING JOBS IN THE NAVY
HULL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
When things break on a Navy ship, duct tape won’t cut it. Hull Maintenance Technicians are the
experienced welders and metal workers who can forge or fabricate just about anything a ship
needs to repair everything from hull breaches to broken pipes—welding, brazing, plumbing,
sheet metal, wood work…the list goes on.
Whether you’re installing the latest electrical panels in the cockpit or troubleshooting the
electric breakers on a submarine, you are responsible for keeping the power flowing. If you’re
fascinated by complex circuits and schematics, a career as an EM might be your perfect match.
GAS TURBINE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN – ELECTRICAL
Few engines in the world are as powerful as a gas-turbine system on a Navy warship. We’ll teach
you everything you need to know, from operating electrical plants to repairing wiring and
circuitry. The strongest engines in the world need Sailors with the strength and skills to support
GAS TURBINE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN – MECHANICAL
If you like working with your hands, the Navy has plenty of jobs that fit the bill. But not all of
them get to operate one of the world’s most powerful engines. To do that, you need to be a Gas
Turbine Systems Technician – Mechanical. In addition to operating the turbines and propulsion
equipment that keep the ship moving, you’ll also develop broad knowledge of fuel systems,
steam systems and other systems related to propulsion.
Navy ships are constantly crossing the ocean, traveling hundreds of thousands of miles to the
shores of every continent on Earth. As a Machinist’s Mate, you help ensure your ship arrives
safely. Whether you’re repairing a steam turbine or adjusting an aircraft elevator, you can expect
to gain thorough working knowledge of all things mechanical on ships like cruisers and
Engineering Aides directly assist Construction Engineers in developing final construction plans.
They are responsible for performing the pre-construction prep work from blueprint planning to
land surveying that helps ensure the success of the project.
Damage Controlmen are the first responders who are critical to preventing accidents. Trained in
firefighting, ship stability and chemical, radiological and biological warfare defense, these Sailors
are masters of it all. They also provide training to ensure that all Sailors are prepared for an
emergency, since all engineers are trained as first responders and attend additional training
(BECC-Basic Engineering Common Core) on the first line of defense when it comes to fires,
flooding, and CBR attacks.
PAY AND BENEFITS
From the day you start, you’ll receive:
• Competitive salary
• Potential to earn a bonus upon enlistment
• Free health insurance
• Free housing
• A retirement plan
• Paid training
• College credit
• Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
• Post-9/11 GI Bill, up to 100% tuition
• Professional credentials and certifications
• College credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• U.S. citizen or equivalent
• High school graduate or equivalent
• 17 years of age or older
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve
served before or whether you’ve never served before.
You’ll construct and repair a variety of structures in just about every environment imaginable. You may
work at Navy bases or ports of call around the globe, and you may be deployed to help develop or
rebuild areas affected by natural disasters.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling
and training periods. During monthly drilling, Sailors in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location
close to their homes.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.