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  • Navy Hull Technician (HT)

    HTs do the metal work necessary to keep all types of shipboard structures and surfaces in good condition. They also maintain shipboard plumbing and marine sanitation systems, repair small boats, operate and maintain ballast control systems, and manage the Quality Assurance Program.

    The duties performed by HTs include:

    installing, maintaining and repairing valves, piping, plumbing system fittings and fixtures, and marine sanitation systems.
    repairing decks, structures and hulls by welding, brazing, riveting and caulking;
    examining, testing welds and various shipboard structures; using radiological, ultrasonic and magnetic particle testing equipment.
    fabricating with light and heavy gauge metal such as aluminum, stainless steel, sheet copper and brass, steel, sheet and corrugated iron;
    heat treating, hot and cold forming of metals;
    pipe cutting, threading and assembly;
    repairing installed ventilation ducting;
    repairing metal, wood and fiberglass boats;
    installing and repairing insulation and lagging;
    operating marine sanitation systems
    Working Environment

    Hull Technicians work in a variety of situations at sea and ashore. Sometimes their work is performed indoors in a shop environment. Other times it may be performed outdoors, frequently at sea and in all kinds of climates and weather conditions. They may work in noisy environments on some assignments. USN HT's are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, Full Time Support (FTS) HT's are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations

    A-School (Job School) Information

    Great Lakes, IL -- 8 weeks

    ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR + MK + AS = 200 or MK + AS + AO = 150

    Security Clearance Requirement: Secret

    Other Requirements

    Must have normal color perception
    Must have normal hearing (see below)
    Must be a U.S. Citizen
    Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.

    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    First Sea Tour: 54 months
    First Shore Tour: 36 months
    Second Sea Tour: 54 months
    Second Shore Tour: 36 months
    Third Sea Tour: 36 months
    Third Shore Tour: 36 months
    Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
    Forth Shore Tour: 36 months
    Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

    Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

  • #2
    Any current or former HTs out there? How do you like/how did you like your job?


    • #3
      The HT1 on my ship seems pretty happy. Real cool dude. He's in charge of tons of things dealing with DC as well.. DC Academy and he's on the DC Training Team. Welding and fighting fires like a mofo!