88L Watercraft Engineer
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.
- Paid training
- 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
- Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
- Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
- Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.