Ship Electricians

Ship Electricians

Electrical systems supply power to operate ships and submarines. Lights, radar, weapons, and machinery all need electricity. Ship electricians operate and repair electrical systems on ships.

What They Do:

Ship electricians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Install wiring for lights and equipment
  • Troubleshoot electrical wiring and equipment using test meters
  • Inspect and maintain devices that distribute electricity throughout ships, such as circuits, transformers, and regulators
  • Monitor and maintain electrical devices connected to the ship's main engines or nuclear reactors

Training Provided:

Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice repairing electrical systems. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Electrical theory
  • Troubleshooting procedures
  • Maintenance and repair procedures
  • Reading diagrams and calculating amperage, voltage, and resistance levels

Work Environment:

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