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Outside Machinist


Job Description

An Outside Machinist must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform job operation/tasks on Military ships. The Outside Machinist must be assignable to any work center excluding nuclear and sub safe machinery. The following is a list of typical work that an Outside Machinist might be asked to perform:

  • Remove, repair, overhaul, install and align main propulsion machinery and associated equipment/components. Also remove, repair, overhaul, install and align equipment associated with auxiliary systems such as condensers, compressors, pumps, forced draft blowers, main feed pumps, various types of valves, cargo handling machinery, anchor handling gear, boat davits, cranes, elevators, conveyors, firefighting equipment, machine shop equipment, galley, and laundry equipment.

  • Install and repair foundations for operating machinery and principal structures/components of the ship’s armament.

  • Install, adjust, set, and repair or replaces various control/regulating or safety devices such as meters, gauges, valves, governors and automatic alarms. Test or assist in testing of shipboard machinery pier side or on sea trials to prove satisfactory operation and acceptance.

  • Use various portable and fixed machine tools such as boring bars, milling machines, facing machines and drill presses. Use precision measuring instruments such as height gages, depth gages, calipers, verniers, various types of micrometers, and assists in the use of optical equipment.

  • Coordinate and arrange for the work of several trades in connection with performing work from information received from technical work documents, blueprints, specifications, written and/or oral instructions.

  • Engineer, steam, machinist, installation, marine erector, marine machinist, outfitter, outside-installation machinist Installs ship machinery, for example propelling machinery, auxiliary motors, pumps, ventilating equipment, and steering gear, working from blueprints and using hand tools, calipers, and micrometers.

  • Lays out passage holes on bulkheads, decks, and other surfaces for connections, for example, shafting and steam lines.

  • Installs below-deck auxiliaries, for example, evaporators, stills, heaters, pumps, condensers, and boilers and connects them to steampipe systems.

  • Tests and inspects installed machinery and equipment during dock and sea trials.

  • May also set up and operate such machine shop tools as lathe, boring mill, planer, shaper, slotter, and milling machine to fabricate replacement parts.


Outside Machinist I - High School Diploma or GED plus 0 to 3 years of experience

$16.88 per hour - $21.88 per hour.

Outside Machinist II- High School Diploma or GED plus 3 to 6 years of experience

$19.69 per hour - $25.20 per hour.

Outside Machinist III- High School School Diploma or GED plus 6+ years of experience.

$24.31 per hour - $31.24 per hour.

Secret security clearance a plus

Passport a plus

May have to travel periodically.

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