The modern warships used by the United States Navy are able to cross seas in a shorter amount of time than ever in history. They also have the ability to stay out of port longer than ever. This is due in large part to the fact that the ships are powered with nuclear energy which needs to be maintained by the right people. The nuclear trained machinist mate is integral in making sure that the power plants operate correctly at all times.
What You Will Do
You will be responsible for making sure that the nuclear power plants are operating properly at all times. You will also work closely with the specialists in the engineering, technology and nuclear fields to make sure that you are doing your job properly and that you are not causing any damage to the systems that you are supposed to be working on. To get this rating, you will need to be eligible to receive a Secret security clearance.
Get the Training
The work that you will be doing will be of a highly technical and highly advanced nature. For this reason, your training will go far beyond the basic training of the average enlisted personnel member. You will also go through 3 months of training at the MM Rating A School in Charleston, SC, 6 months of training at the Nuke Power School in Charleston, SC and 6 months of training at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballson Spa in either NY or in Charleston.