Jobs aboard a carrier are highly diversified
Descriptions will be posted as received. Those listed below are just a few.
One is a signalman, and this page describes it well. Use your browser's Back feature to return to the America web site.
Our own page here has more.
Click here for a short video of a A-6 landing on a carrier at sea. This will open in a new window.

BT - Boiler Technician DC - Damage Controlman EM - Electrician's Mate EN - Engineman

GS - Gas Turbine System Technician* HT - Hull Maintenance Technician IC - Interior Communications Electrician IM - Instrumentman

ML - Molder MM - Machinist's Mate MR - Machinery Repairman OM - Opticalman
PM - Patternmaker Notes
*Note: "Gas Turbine System Technician" is used at paygrade E-9 only.
Leading to GS:
GSE (Gas Turbine System Technician - Electrical)
and GSM (Gas Turbine System Technician -

BU - Builder (1) CE - Construction Electrician (2) CM - Construction Mechanic (3) EA - Engineering Aide (1)
EO - Equipment Operator (3) SW - Steelworker (1) UT - Utilitiesman (2) -
(1) BU, EA, and SW become CUCM at pay grade E-9,
(2) CE and UT become UCCM at pay grade E-9,
(3) CM and EO become EQCM at pay grade E-9

Here is an excellent link showing ratings and patches.

Enlisted paygrades follow.

  • E-1 - Seaman Recruit (SR)
  • E-2 - Seaman Apprentice (SA)
  • E-3 - Seaman (SN)
  • E-4 - Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)
  • E-5 - Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)
  • E-6 - Petty Officer First Class (PO1)
  • E-7 - Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
  • E-8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)
  • E-9 - Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)
  • Some Engine room terminology..!
    COLD IRON WATCH= engine room space watch when the plant is off line Lite off= light off and bring on line all 4 1200lb steam plants and 2 Auxillary room evaporator plants
    Stern tube/shaft alley watch= check alleys for leaks, pump bilges check, shafts, spring bearings and stern tube bearing.
    messenger watch= takes all readings though out the engine room equipment on the hour, coffee maker, runner and the most important catches hell waking up the next watch