Job Description: As one of the Coast Guard’s largest ratings, Machinery Technician (MK) offers opportunities for assignment at every Coast Guard cutter, boat, and shore station. MKs are trained not only as technicians, but as managers and leaders — acquiring a breadth of knowledge in all areas of machinery operation and maintenance from internal combustion engines (gas/diesel gas turbines) to environmental support systems (heating/ventilations/air conditioning), hydraulics, basic electricity, and areas of hazardous material recovery and control. In addition, MKs will learn to work on the Coast Guard’s computers and computer-based programs. Many MKs are also called on to act as federal law enforcement officers.
- Branch: Coast Guard
- Average Rating:
- Designation: MK
- Average Salary: $41,657
- Entry Type: Enlisted
- Degree: High School
- Age: 17-31
- Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
- Category: Hull and Engineering
32 Average Age
4,029 Number Employed
9.0 YearsAverage Employment
Pros: Advancement Opportunities, Travel, Pay and Benifits
Cons: No time for self or family. Stressful deadlines.
Location: Honolulu, HI
I consider my self more than privileged having the opportunity to work and serve with some of the best mechanics in this country.
Pros: Knowledge and experience
Cons: Being away from loved ones
Location: Kittery, ME
During the first year of my Coast Guard career my duties were that of a boat crew member. Which typically entailed being apart of a team responsible of the routine maintenance all of the unit assets, conducting training, patrolling the local waters and responding to Search and Rescue cases. After “A” school my duties were that of a Machinery technician. I was fortunate to be stationed at a unit that gave me the opportunity to attend multiple technical schools for advanced training. At that unit, we were responsible for assisting Coast Guard cutter engineering departments with their maintenance big and small, from gauge calibration to overhauls on main diesel engines. I consider my self more than privileged having the opportunity to work and serve with some of the best mechanics in this country.