Navy ships are constantly crossing the ocean, traveling hundreds of thousands of miles to the shores of every continent on Earth. As a Machinist’s Mate, you help ensure your ship arrives safely by maintaining the propulsion and auxiliary systems that get the crew in place for the mission. Your experience will include work across every inch of the ship, so whether you’re repairing a steam turbine or adjusting an aircraft elevator, you can expect to gain thorough working knowledge of all things mechanical on ships like cruisers and destroyers. APPLY HERE.
The mission of the Navy Reserve is to provide strategic depth and deliver operational capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps team and Joint forces, in times of peace or war. Navy Reserve Sailors seamlessly support and actively aid that mission, all while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Machinist’s Mates (MM) are responsible for operating and maintaining ship propulsion machinery, auxiliary equipment and outside machinery. Specifically, your job responsibilities as an MM may include:
- Aligning piping systems for oil, water, air and steam
- Operating ship boilers and steam turbines used for ship propulsion
- Operating turbo generators used to produce electrical power
- Cleaning, adjusting, testing and maintaining boilers, engines, generators
- Maintaining auxiliary machinery including steering engines, elevators, winches, pumps and valves
- Operating and maintaining water desalination plants
- Maintaining refrigeration plants, air conditioning systems and galley equipment
- Repairing valves, pumps, heat exchangers, compressors, steam turbines and hydraulic and pneumatic devices
- Creating and analyzing machinery operating reports and records
PAY & BENEFITS
When you serve your country, you become a part of something truly important – and you deserve to be rewarded accordingly. Navy Reserve Sailors enjoy a comprehensive range of benefits, from state-of-the-art training to extensive educational assistance, VA benefits and more.
In return for your service and dedication, the Navy Reserve provides you with the benefits to succeed in both your military and civilian lives:
- Receive 4 days of basic pay for only 2 days worked (16 hours) each drill weekend
- Opportunities to acquire new skills and sharpen existing ones, enhancing your civilian career
- Educational assistance
- Tax-free, worldwide Navy Exchange and commissary privileges for you and your family
- VA guaranteed home loans
- Low-cost insurance options, including up to $400,000 in life insurance
- Travel opportunities
- Earn points toward retirement benefits every time you drill
- Retirement after 20 qualifying years
Navy Reserve Sailors continue to hold educational opportunities through Tuition Assistance, DANTES, and their post 9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill. Further education opportunities are also available through the US Naval War College and Senior Enlisted Academy, as well as certifications and licenses available through the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL).
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
- U.S. citizen or equivalent
- High school graduate or equivalent
- 17 years of age or older
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Sailors in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.