Tasks and Duties
- Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, and timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.
- Adjust generators and replace faulty wiring, using hand tools and soldering irons.
- Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic's hand tools and gauges.
- Idle motors and observe thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.
- Inspect and repair or adjust propellers and propeller shafts.
- Repair engine mechanical equipment such as power-tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
- Repair or rework parts, using machine tools such as lathes, mills, drills, and grinders.
- Replace parts such as gears, magneto points, piston rings, and spark plugs, and reassemble engines.
- Set starter locks, and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, and wrenches.
- Start motors, and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning such as smoke, excessive vibration, and misfiring.
- Document inspection and test results, and work performed or to be performed.
- Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation.