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MKs are responsible for systems, including internal combustion engines, heating and ventilation, hydraulics, and basic electricity. With their intimate knowledge of ships systems, many MKs train to conduct law enforcement boardings. At smaller units, an MK is often the Engineering Petty Officer, who is responsible for the engineering department and equipment. MKs can be found at nearly every unit.

  • A hands-on person?
  • A problem solver?
  • Able to understand mechanics and schematics?
  • Drawn to practical mechanical experiences?

Machinery operations and maintenance
Management and leadership
Work organization and planning

  • MKs receive a 13-week rating course in Yorktown, VA, with instruction in basic mechanical and electrical theory and operation, as well as introduction to engine overhaul and maintenance.
  • Specific diesel engine and outboard engine training, as well as training in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, hydraulics, law enforcement, leadership, and management.
  • Specifically, the Engineering Technology program is available to the MK rating.

  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Specialist
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Supervisor of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • Power Plant Operator