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Ship Electricians

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Service Branches

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Work Environment

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

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  • Average Military Salary



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.

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 theory
  • Troubleshooting procedures
  • Maintenance and repair procedures
  • Reading diagrams and calculating amperage, voltage, and resistance levels
  • Electrical circuit analysis
  • Motor, generator, and transformer principles

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to use tools
  • Interest in electricity and how electrical devices operate
  • Interest in solving problems
  • Interest in electronics and communication devices

Related Civilian Careers

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  • Electric Motor, Power Tool and Related Repairers
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  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • Ship Engineers
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