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Machinist's Mate (MM)

MM Community Overview

MM Career Path

General Description
Machinist's Mate (Surface) (MM) Machinist's Mates operate and maintain steam turbines and reduction gears used for ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery such as turbogenerators, pumps and oil purifiers. They also maintain auxiliary machinery outside of main machinery spaces, such as electrohydraulic steering engines and elevators, refrigeration plants, air conditioning systems and desalinization plants. They may also operate and maintain compressed gas producing plants.

Notes from the Surface Engineering Detailing Team


  • Contact the CMS/ID Help Desk 10 months prior your PRD to have your account enabled.  After 30 days of no activity, your CMS/ID account will be disabled.
  • Update your contact information on CMSID.  Updating your contact information will enable your Detailer to communicate more effectively with you while negotiating for orders.
  • You may submit up to 5 applications while in your negotiation window (9-7 months prior to your PRD).  You CAN apply for billets one paygrade up or one down of your current grade.
  • Please note that NAVADMIN 226/12 requires Detailers to fill requisitions with qualified Sailors, even if it is during a Sailor’s first month of negotiations. 

Shore Special Program

  • Qualified female Engineers are needed as Recruit Division Commanders (RDC)!
  • Recruiting duty and service as a RDC offer great opportunities for top performing surface engineers.  Benefits include extra pay, command advancement opportunities and college attendance while in uniform during working hours.
  • Contact your detailer 12 months out from your PRD to negotiate for shore Special Programs billets, including recruiting, RDC, SAPR, EO, SERE Instructor and MEP Stations.
  • You MUST be released to Shore Special Programs by your rating detailer.

Other Topics

  • A secret security clearance is required for all special program assignments (sea and shore).  Start yours today!!
  • Top Snipes are needed aboard all surface ships.  Top Snipe opportunities are available for select and top-performing E6-E9 EN, MM, GSE, GSM, GS and EM personnel!  Click the Top Snipe link for more information or call your detailer.
  • Overseas screening must be completed promptly.  Sailors are allowed 30 days, while family members have 60 days, to complete screening requirements.  Refer to NAVADMIN 203-14.
  • Spouse Collocation does not guarantee a specific geographic area.  Refer to MILPERSMAN 1306-1000 in verifying your eligibility.
  • Increased Distribution Authority guidance is discussed in NAVADMIN 058/14.
  • When leaving a phone message for your detailer, speak clearly and slowly, and don’t forget to leave a contact number!
  • Use your Career Counselors for assistance.  If there are questions they cannot answer, call your detailer.
  • We are a mobile force!  The Navy needs flexible sailors to tackle unique challenges throughout the world.  Plan on moving and changing geographical locations during your career!
  • Contact your detailer!  We are here to help and guide you through your career.  For more information, click the Contact Us link.

MM Detailing Tips

  • If interested in applying for billets with NEC 4283 O2N2 Productions Systems Technician, line score requirements are AR + WK = 105. 
  • Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) qualification is required for surface engineers that are assigned to ATG and SWOSCOLCOM MM E7 billets.

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