Marine electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining electrical systems and/or equipment on ships and boats. They typically work at sea or in docks and ports and must be able to troubleshoot and repair a variety of electrical problems. They must always ensure compliance with all shipyard safety procedures and guidelines, as well as environmental guidelines, and the ability to troubleshoot and repair electrical circuits and systems is also necessary.
Coordination with other employees is often necessary to complete assignments, and the equipment and instruments of marine electricians must be tested on a regular basis. Marine electricians must follow manufacturers’ manuals, work orders, and blueprints when using equipment such as hand and power tools, and they also make suggestions and generate comprehensive condition found reports (CFRs) on a regular basis. Compliance with ABS and Coast Guard regulations is necessary in this position, and marine electricians should also have computer skills and strong verbal and written communication skills.
They should be able to work with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment, and they must also read blueprints, be familiar with grounding and bonding, and identify cable requirements for projects.
A high school diploma and relevant prior experience are often minimum requirements for this position, and college education may be sufficient in place of prior experience for entry-level positions. Some marine electricians are also required to train or coach new marine electricians.
Marine Electrician Tasks
- Install, repair, inspect and replace electrical systems.
- Test voltage and insulation.
- Identify problems in the electrical systems along with causes and solutions.
- Work from blueprints and diagrams.