For the National Guard to successfully complete water missions, it needs vessels that function properly. As a Watercraft Engineer for the Army National Guard, you will be responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on Guard watercraft and auxiliary equipment on marine liners.
Your duties will include repairing or maintaining gasoline and diesel engines, refrigeration, and air conditioning equipment, electrical systems, or other mechanical equipment.
• Perform daily systems checks
• Troubleshoot and repair watercraft propulsion machinery
• Repair and service hoisting, lift machinery, and engine-related electrical systems
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Internal combustion engine theory
• Service and repair of fuel injection systems
• Welding and machine shop fabrication
• Interest in shop mechanics, fixing engines, and machinery
• Ability to use hand and power tools
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in the marine transportation, commercial fishing, oil exploration, facility maintenance, heating and air conditioning, or diesel engine maintenance/repair industry.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for a Watercraft Engineer consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
A monthly paycheck
Montgomery GI Bill
Federal and State tuition assistance
Retirement benefits for part-time service
Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
401(k)-type savings plan
Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
Health care benefits available
VA home loans
Bonuses, if applicable