Get hands-on with high-tech Mechanical & Industrial Technology

Overhauling engines. Troubleshooting systems on an F/A-18 Hornet. Repairing mechanical evaporators that turn seawater into freshwater. It’s the job of those in the Mechanical & Industrial Technology field in America’s Navy to ensure that the Fleet remains operational on land, in the air and at sea. And you could be playing a hands-on role in that effort – serving part-time as a Navy Reservist.

Job Description

The Navy’s Mechanical and Industrial Technology specialists maintain, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated, multimillion-dollar equipment and systems, including all power-generating equipment and all Navy vehicles and machines.

Whenever there’s a machine, vehicle or system in need of setup or repair in the Navy, you’ll be the one called upon to keep everything safe and operational.

Whatever your specialty, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

Whether welding a ship component, servicing a submarine weapons system, or performing chemical and quality assurance tests on water and oil, your work will be critical to the Navy mission.

You’ll have the opportunity to take on a number of important roles and responsibilities. Specific jobs in this field include:

Boatswain’s Mate: Repair, maintain and stow equipment in preparation for and during underway operations.

Engineman: Operate, service and repair internal combustion engines (usually diesel) on ships and small craft. Also operate and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning systems, air compressors, desalinization plants and small auxiliary boilers.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician, Mechanical: Operate, repair and maintain mechanical components of gas turbine engines, main propulsion machinery and auxiliary propulsion control systems.

Gunner’s Mate: Operate and maintain guided missile launching systems, gun mounts and other ordnance equipment, as well as small arms and magazines.

Hull Maintenance Technician: Perform metal work to keep shipboard structures and surfaces in good condition. Also maintain shipboard plumbing and marine sanitation systems and repair small boats.

Machinery Repairman: Operate machine tools to make replacement parts for ship's engines and auxiliary systems. Also repair deck equipment including winches and hoists, condensers and heat exchange devices.

Machinist’s Mate: Operate and maintain steam turbines and gears for ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery. Also maintain electrohydraulic steering engines, refrigeration plants, air conditioning systems and desalinization plants.

Mineman: Assist in the detection and neutralization of underwater mines. Also test, assemble and maintain underwater explosive devices. And ensure proper repair and performance of the mine.


Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Mechanical and Industrial Technology professionals in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Enlisted military servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial recruit training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

During your service periods, you will receive extensive hands-on training in the operation, maintenance and repair of complicated computers, electronics, electrical systems, and some of the most technically advanced equipment and machinery in the world.

Advanced technical and operational training is available during the later stages of your career development. Also, some jobs within this field offer accelerated promotions to higher pay grades.

Career Advantages

Because of the variety of jobs and skills you can develop in the Mechanical & Industrial Technology field, your career potential is virtually limitless.

Some training may be counted toward semester credit hours for a vocational certificate as well as an associate or bachelor’s degree. What’s more, you could potentially get full tuition for college – plus money for books and living expenses – through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Your specialized training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

Your training may also prepare you to be or enhance your current career as a(n):

  • Aircraft electrician
  • Hydraulic tester
  • Metallurgical technician
  • Radiographer
  • Instrument repairer
  • Electromechanical technician
  • Construction inspector
  • Firefighter
  • Oxygen plant operator

Regardless of your role, the skills and experience you’ll acquire in the Navy Reserve will equip you for countless jobs and responsibilities in the mechanical repair field and high-tech industry.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Note that no degree is required to work in the field of Mechanical & Industrial Technology (minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required). But the training and hands-on experience you’ll receive is an education in its own right.

More Information

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Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.