Navy Fireman (FN)
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Navy Fireman (FN): Career Details

Navy Fireman (FN) are responsible for standing engineering watches and performing minor maintenance repairs.

This rating is part of an apprenticeship opportunity that leads to training in various ratings in propulsion and precision welding/fabrication/plumbing.

Enlistees enter into this career path as Fireman Recruits and complete on-the-job training or technical schooling to enter into an available specialty career for which they both desire and qualify for.

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Qualifications and Training

To enter into this rating individuals must be able to speak clearly, get along with others, have a good memory, physical strength, manual dexterity and the ability to perform repetitive tasks.

This rating requires a high school diploma.

Individuals mus have normal hearing and normal color perception.

Recruits will start by taking the ASVAB test.

After completing entry level testing and passing all physical/medical requirements, recruits will go to Boot Camp.

Navy Boot Camp is at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois.

After completing Boot Camp, individuals will go to a three-week Engineering Common Core course.

This course teaches basic shipboard engineering operation and evolution theory.

When the Fireman is completed with training, they will be assigned to shipboard duties wherever the Navy needs them.

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What Does A Navy Fireman Do?

Navy Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman
Navy Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman installing a safety rail. Image: wikimedia

The Navy Fireman (FN) rating allows individuals to seek on-the-job training in a rating they are striking.

Despite the name, this rating is not just about fighting fires.

This path is for individuals who will be striking for other positions.

Part of the job functions include rescue, but the career path is also geared towards engineering.

As with other lower grade ratings, individuals will complete cleaning and painting duties.

Fireman will stand underway engineering watches.

They will also stand power plant and ship security watches both while in port and underway.

While performing watches they will ensure all safety standards are being met with any associated engineering machinery.

Fireman will operate analog, digital and plasmatic display units.

They are responsible for working with engineering equipment.

The Fireman preserve, maintain, and repair the engineering equipment and any other associated equipment to prepare for underway operations.

In addition to performing maintenance on the equipment, they will also operate electrical and sound-powered communication systems.

When working on engineering equipment they will use different hand and power tools and test equipment.

Part of this role is spent serving as a member of damage control, emergency, and rescue and assistance teams.

The teams assist with underway replenishment including transferring fuel and supplies.

They are required to keep accurate records of maintenance and operation activities plus record accurate readings of gauges.

This includes electronic and written records.

Individuals will find qualified personnel who can help provide on-the-job training geared towards a rating they are interested in.

Ratings that are available in the Fireman Professional Apprenticeship Career Track Program include:

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What Does A Navy Fireman Get Paid?

Those who enlist as a Navy Fireman will start as an E-1 Fireman Recruit.

They will advance to E-2 Fireman Apprentice after nine months of successful service.

After an additional nine months of successful service, individuals may advance to E-3 Fireman.

Those with no prior military experience can expect to be paid just over $1700 a month.

The base pay table for enlisted members can be found below.

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2020 Minimum Monthly Pay
N/AE-1Seaman RecruitSR$1,733
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$1,943
e-3 navy seamanE-3SeamanSN$2,043
petty officer third classE-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,263
petty officer second classE-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,468
petty officer first classE-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$2,694
chief petty officerE-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$3,114
senior chief petty officerE-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPO$4,480
master chief petty officerE-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPO$5,473
command master chief petty officerE-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMDCM$5,473
master chief petty officer of the navyE-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The NavyMCPON$5,473

Benefits

Base pay is not all that the Navy provides.

Depending on the needs of the Navy, individuals can receive a bonus up to $40,000 for in-demand ratings.

The Navy provides health insurance and full coverage at military hospitals.

They also provide dental, low-cost life insurance, retirement, travel opportunities and vacation.

Job Reviews

Reviews on this position depend on the career path and where you are located.

Most reviews are very positive, but can change based on influential factors such as leadership, location and available opportunities.

Common topics discussed in reviews include a team-work atmosphere and the opportunity to learn life skills.

The reviews below provide positive aspects of the position.

Navy Fireman
Image: Indeed

The two reviews below provide pros and cons of the position.

Navy FN
Image: Indeed

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Civilian Career Opportunities

The civilian career opportunities available to those in this rating depend on the career path that they choose.

The skills learned as Fireman relate to mechanic positions, electrical system repair and entry-level emergency positions.

Once individuals advance into the ratings they are striking for other civilian opportunities will be available to them.

These opportunities include gas turbine repair technicians, electricians and fabrication welders.

The Navy provides opportunities to earn Department of Labor nationally recognized apprenticeships through USMAP.

They also provide additional credentialing opportunities and career advancement assistance through Navy COOL.

Summary

Navy Machinist Mate Fireman
Navy Machinist Mate Fireman steering the USS Toledo. Image: wikimedia

Navy Fireman (FN) are responsible for completing engineering watches, operating electrical equipment and completing repairs.

The Fireman Professional Career Track (PACT) training allows individuals to complete on-the-job training towards several careers from Engineman to Damage Controlman.

This rating is open to those with a high school diploma, requires recruit training and an Engineering Common Core course.

Reviews on this rating vary based on the career path chosen.

Most reviews are positive, and discuss the team atmosphere.

After working as a Navy Fireman, individuals will have skills related to mechanics, electrical, engineering and emergency response.

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References

Navy COOL PACT

Navy Fireman Apprenticeship

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