MOS 88L—Watercraft Engineer

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 88L, Watercraft Engineer:

PULHES: 222221
Physical Demands Rating: very heavy
Required ASVAB Score: MM: 99
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
AIT Length / Location: 8 weeks, 3 days at Ft Eustis, Virginia
Other Requirements

Watercraft Engineer (MOS 88L) Description / Major Duties:

The watercraft engineer supervises or performs unit, direct support (DS) and general support (GS) maintenance. Service Army watercraft, amphibians and auxiliary equipment on marine vessels.

Duties for MOS 88L at each skill level are:

MOSC 88L1O. Stands engine room and throttle watch while the vessel is underway. Stands anchor watch and ramp discharge watch during sea and anchor details and while the vessel is in port. Performs daily systems checks and posts all instrument and gage readings to the engineer log book. Positions fuel control racks and adjusts throttle controls to maximize engine efficiency. Inspects, troubleshoots, tests, services, adjusts, repairs and replaces batteries, electrical system components, fuel system elements, propellers and propeller shafts, pumping assemblies and parts and other marine engine equipment. Cleans, performs surface preparation and paints engineer space equipment.

MOSC 88L2O. Provide supervision and technical expertise for subordinates performing their duties. Prepare marine vessel equipment for operation. Starts, operates, troubleshoots and secures vessel engines. Inspects, services, adjusts, replaces, repairs and overhauls engine components, throttle controls, accessory drives, boiler and piping systems, vessel steering mechanisms, electrical and wiring assemblies, cooling and lubrication systems and vessel hulls for general upkeep. Computes fuel requirements and documents vessel fuel usage. Compiles and maintains the engine room records.

MOSC 88L30. Supervises fire fighting, damage control, sanitation and pollution control procedures aboard a vessel. Establishes and enforces engine department safety practices, supervises shipboard watches. Oversees, instructs and provides technical advice in the maintenance of engines, electrical systems, cooling systems, lubrication systems, refrigeration systems, fuel systems, pneumatic systems, power and drive trains, steering systems, boilers and piping, hydraulics and general vessel upkeep. Conducts crew or section drills and training. Prepares maintenance SOPs and organizes the work of the maintenance shop.

MOSC 88L40. Instruct and supervises marine engine department personnel in all systems maintenance. Oversee posting of vessel log books, forms and records. Assign personnel to duty positions. Schedules equipment for calibration. Establish maintenance priorities. Prepares and reviews shipyard specifications. Prepare marine vessel historical reports and records, preventive maintenance schedules and records, materiel readiness reports, equipment improvement recommendations and unsatisfactory/faulty equipment reports. Records required and completed modifications.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 88L:

(1) Uncorrected vision acuity of not more than 20/200 in each eye, that corrects with spectacle lenses to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in other eye.

(2) Normal color vision based on no more than four errors in reading the pseudoisochromatic plate test.

(3) MOSC qualification per AR 56 9, at each level of skill.

(4) MOS qualification may be attained by meeting the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) per paragraph (a) and (b) below.
(a) Have 2 years of experience or combination of formal training and experience totaling 2 years in operation and maintenance of such marine vessel items as generators, motors, electrical systems, ramp mechanisms, winches, pumps and vessel piping systems.
(b) Be certified by U.S. Army Marine Qualification Division (MQD). Guidance counselors will call the MQD at Fort Eustis, VA (DSN 927-4621 or COMM 804-878-4621) and provide applicant’s qualifications to a member of the MQD. The MQD will provide instructions for obtaining certification in accordance with AR 56-9.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 88L:

P5—Master Fitness Trainer.
2B—Air Assault (personnel only).
2S—Battle Staff Operations (SL 3 and above).
4A—Reclassification Training.
5W—Jumpmaster (personnel only).
6T—Military Auditor (Reserve Component personnel only).
8P—Competitive Parachutist (skill level 2-4 personnel only).

Article Last Modified: February 26, 2011

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