A Navy enlisted Submarine Machinist Mate is a jack-of-all-trades for the Navy. There are a number of specialties that you can serve in as a Machinist Mate. Technical Machinist Mates also serve on the Navy’s Submarine Service, and receive in depth training on the most advanced systems in the Navy. You will receive training on refrigeration systems, pressurized air and fuel systems, plumbing systems and sub systems, weapons delivery and hydraulic power hoists. You will learn to deal with power plants, cylinders of compressed materials, and diesel engines. As a Navy Machinist mate you will be responsible for the routine care and operation of weapons systems, both auxiliary and primary, as well as damage control and firefighting equipment.
The Life Of A Submarine Machinist!
As a Navy machinist mate you will work to assist in the day-to-day operations aboard a Submarine. You will be trained in one of two different areas when you attend basic Submarine Enlisted crew school: Weapons Specialist- You are responsible for the shipping, unloading, loading and storage of missiles, weapons and torpedoes of all different types. You will work to coordinate and operate a variety of underwater weapons and weapons launch systems, up to and including hydraulic and compressed air launch systems. You will become expert on the different weapons systems that are deployed aboard a submarine.
Auxiliary System Specialist- You are the specialist that works to maintain and operate the different submarine mechanical systems, and non-nuclear related operations systems in air, refrigeration, hydraulic, atmosphere control, diesel and plumbing systems.
Serving in the US Navy as a Machinist Mate on a Submarine is a mechanically focused field. You will be responsible for storing and manufacturing oxygen, operating air scrubbers and machinery that removes waste from the air including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons. You will work alongside other Machinist Mate fellow crewmembers to perform preventative maintenance and testing, and adjustments on most of the mechanical systems on board submarine. This is a specialty that is closed to women, and requires a background check and clearance. You cannot have any history of drug abuse, and you have to type 40 words a minute. You cannot have any felony or misdemeanor conviction other than a minor traffic offense. You receive training through Navy technical school and submarine basic enlisted school training.