Small Craft Maintenance Technician Lead – Secret


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Small Craft Maintenance Technician Lead (for MSOFS NAVSCIATTS)

Spathe Systems is seeking a Small Craft Maintenance Technician Lead for a NAVSPECWARCOM customer.

Spathe Systems is a rapidly growing SOF led, 8(a) defense contractor headquartered in Tampa, FL with offices in Fayetteville, NC and strategic partner locations in Virginia Beach and Coronado. As a small business with a tight nit family feel, Spathe empowers its employees to solve problems and make decisions.

Clearance: Secret

Job Description:

Performs organizational- and intermediate-level maintenance and Depot Level overhaul on all types of internal combustion engines; performs preventive maintenance on auxiliary equipment and on small craft diesel engines, clutches, transmissions, and drive shafts for operational and logistical requirements for Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical School (NAVSCIATTS). Performs tracking of maintenance schedules and workload. Review technical manuals, instructions, and specifications, providing recommendations for additions, deletions, and revisions. Provide timely input to specifications for any commercial maintenance or repair packages to ensure that all required repairs are accurately described.



  • Ensure that all repairs are in accordance with specifications.
  • If repairs are conducted that do not meet specifications, assist with generation and submittal of the required paperwork requesting permission from Naval Special Warfare Command (WARCOM) to operate the craft with these repairs in place until permanent repairs can be executed.
  • Performs mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, preventive and corrective maintenance, and engine power head and lower unit overhauls on 2 and 4-stroke outboard engines ranging in size from 30 to 350 horsepower and 470 horsepower diesel engines, along with equipment trailers.
  • Fabricates and fits tubing and flexible hose assemblies; monitor electrical charging and regulating systems; operate and maintain hydraulic equipment; control or minimize the effects of oil and fuel spills; and complete maintenance data system forms.
  • Conducts preventive maintenance and repair 25 foot aluminum defender class Safe craft, 25 foot Fiberglass Boston Whaler, 11m RHIB, 38 foot aluminum defender class Safe craft, and aluminum hulled mud boat to include repairs and maintenance on gauges, navigation equipment, and communication equipment that is specially designed for Special Operation Commands.
  • Performs organizational and intermediate level maintenance and overhauls on all types of internal combustion engines. Start and operate all types of internal combustion engines.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on auxiliary equipment, 7.5 KW generators, and on small craft diesel engines, clutches, transmissions, and drive shafts.
  • Overhauls internal combustion engines; adjust valves, injectors, control racks, governor, and governor-control linkages on diesel engines; check oil clearance in bearings; adjust and test diesel and gasoline engines; and operate and troubleshoot internal combustion engine blowers and turbochargers.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and repairs on different kinds of small craft and manage and schedule preventive maintenance workload.
  • Conducts training in troubleshooting and preventive maintenance of craft.
  • Tracks hours, fuel, and maintenance costs as well as training, for civilians and active duty military, for each craft assigned to NAVSCIATTS.
  • In coordination with the assigned Government representative, liaison between outboard engine, hulls, and trailer manufactures.
  • Research and track repair parts for small craft.
  • In coordination with the assigned Government representative, monitors warranties and submit claims for reimbursement of parts used on small craft from different manufactures.
  • In coordination with the assigned Government representative, assist with maintaining a shop with all necessary tools and equipment and safety gear to perform maintenance and repair on small craft.
  • Reviews all recurring engineering logs and records to identify potential trends and develop corrective action plans.
  • Conducts periodic craft and engine inspections and ensure that all discrepancies are documented and repaired.


  • Eight (8) years’ experience in preventive and corrective maintenance, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, fiberglass hull repairs, and welding repair of a variety of small maritime craft ranging from 25 to 50 feet.
  • Three (3) years’ experience using the Navy’s Maintenance and Material Management System (3-M) Program to include the Navy tag-out procedures.
  • Shall be certified through factory trained schools to conduct warranty repairs for Evinrude, Caterpillar and Mercury Marine engines, to include ordering, inspecting, and returning defective parts back to the manufacturer.
  • Five (5) years’ collective experience in steel and aluminum welding, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), silver brazing techniques, and as a skilled fabricator working extensively from blueprints on a broad range of projects.
  • Five (5) years’ experience using maritime specialty tools. Examples of relevant tools are torque wrenches, timing and fuel rack adjustment tools, feeler gauges, depth gauges, and snap gauges as part of the routine maintenance and equipment diagnostics processes.
  • Five (5) years’ collective experience using factory technical manuals, instructions, and publications to ensure repair procedures are in accordance with specifications.

Work Location:

  • Stennis Space Center, MS


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time off
  • 10 Federal Holidays




  • Monday to Friday with flexible work hours (may require additional weeknights and/or weekends).
  • General core hours 0700-1800 hrs.


  • Personnel may be required to travel CONUS or OCONUS for up to 4 weeks per trip.
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