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Thunderbolt Marine, Thunderbolt GA

Hydraulics Technician

Job Description

The Hydraulics Technician is an experienced and self-motivated individual who is looking for a challenging and diverse work environment. The position requires relocation to Savannah, Georgia and is a Monday thru Friday – 5x8 work week. Responsibilities include the troubleshooting and repair/overhaul of marine hydraulic system components, operating related test equipment and returning the component back to service and to standard(s). Quality workmanship and attention to detail is imperative. The hydraulics technician should be highly familiar with most yacht and ship systems and take great pride in delivering first class quality and customer service. To be successful, you must have a strong mechanical aptitude and be able to repair a wide range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps, motors and hoses. Candidates with marine stabilizer, gyro, davit, winch, steering system and auxiliary propulsion experience are encouraged to apply. Individuals will be expected to furnish their own tools and be capable of operating industry associated equipment commonly used to effect repairs. The ability to take direction and work with minimal supervision is required for this position.

Primary Responsibilites

  • Interpret technical documents and detailed schematics, prints and drawings for assigned tasks.
  • Disassemble and assemble hydraulic components as required to affect repairs to acceptable quality standards and/or other marine classification society standards provided prior to work commencement.
  • Troubleshoot, advise of failure and recommended process to repair with the desired result being the ability to resolve each issue in a timely manner.
  • Run performance tests for pumps, motors, valves, winches, davits, steering systems.
  • Tear down and inspect components including cylinders, pumps, motors, winches, davits.
  • Provide basic troubleshooting for electro-hydraulic controls when required.
  • Safely work in a shop environment and follow all company safety guidelines.
  • Read and understand service materials.
  • Clean and maintain the workshop and work areas.
  • Collaborate with other departments on estimate preparation / bids.

Technical Skills

  • Five or more years’ experience with the assessment, installation, testing and maintenance of marine hydraulics and ancillary systems such davits, cranes, capstans, hydraulic ramps, controllable pitch propeller hydraulics, cable reels, PLC controls, electric/electronic controls, detection, alarm sensing, indicating, and monitoring systems and equipment.
  • Excellent general understanding of marine hydraulic components, machinery, electrical and other systems and their components.
  • Working knowledge of open and closed loop marine hydraulic systems.
  • Proven experience as a marine hydraulics technician or lead mechanical technician.
  • Aptitude in using various hand tools (screwdrivers, hammers etc.) and precision measurement tools (e.g. calipers, micrometers).
  • Intermediate to advanced skills are needed in the areas of electrical wiring and mechanical experience.
  • Ability to utilize computers including the Microsoft Office Suite for compiling information for reports, developing history files and transfer digital pictures from camera to computer, editing & enhancing these as required for reporting purposes.
  • Good troubleshooting skills and ability to diagnose and resolve hydraulic related problems.
  • Ability to recommend alternative engineering solutions for repeated equipment failures is a plus.
  • Ability to read & comprehend hydraulic schematics with an excellent understanding of symbols therein.


  • College Degree, High School or general equivalency degree (GED) and English speaking is required.
  • Course work from accredited trade school, college or university with emphasis in mechanics, hydraulics, and automotive electronics is desirable. Completion of apprenticeship is a definite plus.
  • Basic computer skills and ability to read, write and perform math calculations.
  • Must have a strong work ethic, self-motivated and possess a positive attitude.
  • Can work well without supervision and function effectively as part of a team.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good physical strength and stamina.
  • Must maintain a high standard of workmanship at all times.
  • An excellent attitude toward safety and demonstrated commitment to a safe work environment.
  • Ability to meet schedule and budget for projects, inclusive of working overtime when necessary.
  • Must possess the ability to periodically board vessels in and out of the water, work steadily in a variety of weather conditions, climb, lift and move canvas, cushions, tools and supplies as necessary.
  • Ability to stoop, crouch, pull, push, reach, hear, near vision, kneel, talk, stand, grasp, lift up to 50 lbs. and be able to walk quickly to and from job locations up to 500 yards in distance are required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employers.

Interpersonal & Service Skills

  • Teamwork - the ability to work as one across our organization for the benefit of our customers.
  • Excellence - strives to be the best, continuously improving our customers’ experience and the solutions we provide.
  • Sense of Urgency - responds quickly to customer needs and holds oneself accountable for results.
  • Problem Sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Tendency to display endurance and capacity for a fast pace.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
  • Follows policies, accepts external controls and supervision while working within the rules.
  • Possess a positive attitude regarding people and outcomes.
  • Tendency to be friendly, cooperative, agreeable and conduct oneself as a team player.
  • Ability to easily adapt to changes in organizational and departmental priorities.
  • Knows limitations and when to ask for assistance.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time or without notice.

Physical Requirements

Applicants may be subject to environmental conditions such as cold, heat, exposure to noise, hazards, and confined spaces/close quarters. Applicants must be aware of the work environment at all times. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, use hands and fingers, handle tools or controls, and talk.


Industry leading compensation. Compensation will largely be dependent upon candidate experience. Benefits after 30 days. 401K and Profit sharing after 12 months of employment. Standard work week is 40 hours / week


  • 401K
  • Profit Sharing
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays / Vacation Days
  • Relocation Assistance for highly qualified candidates.


Monday to Friday Overtime & Weekends as necessary

Position Type

Full Time / Hourly

EEO Statement

Thunderbolt Marine, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be provided equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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