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Gas Turbine Systems Technician


Gas Turbine Systems Technician

These specially trained sailors operate, repair and perform organizational and intermediate maintenance on mechanical components of gas turbine engines, main propulsion machinery including gears, shafts and controllable pitch propellers.

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GSM (gas turbine systems technician)

Started by Paige Scheidler. Last reply by LarryG Dec 20, 2011. 6 Replies

I am going to become a GSM in a couple months. I have been trying to find a GSM to talk to just to find something out about this job. I'm afraid I won't like it or get bored with it. I'm a small girl…Continue

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Comment by Larry F on July 24, 2010 at 1:20pm

Do you know if the GS's are grad n go?
Comment by Joseph E McCray on July 24, 2010 at 12:40am
Just thought i would give a shout and let you folks know that one can look up NEC's and get a fair idea of what is happening in the GSE's/GSM's area. Believe may have NEC listings

Comment by Joseph E McCray on July 20, 2010 at 12:14am
My son told me that he had turned down MA to take GSM because he was once interested in wind turbines. Then he said he changed his mind again and i am glad he did. There appears to be plenty of jobs out there after a Navy career. And good paying ones too. Glad my son did not listen to his father for once. PIR the 30 July 2010
Like most, grad and go! Beautiful place Great Lakes, lots to do AFTER STUDYING and a beautiful Nunn Beach if the water isn't screwed up.
Comment by Laron on July 19, 2010 at 9:40pm
Thanks for the information. It looks as if my daughter made a good choice, in choosing this rate. She wanted to work on jet engines and wanted something that could be used in the civilian world as well.
Comment by Joseph E McCray on July 18, 2010 at 9:45pm
The GS school is just inside the old 22nd Street gate and just south of NEX,maybe three blocks The stacks on the school for the turbines. are visible from the highway. It is north of the Quarterdeck entrance about six blocks. Maybe five blocks, with shortcut from the Visitors Center. The turbine (Navy uses the General Electric LM 2500 in destroyers, cruisers and LCAC's) was brought in on a barge and crawled to the present location where it was lifted by crane and lowered into the building. GS (E's/ M's )barracks are only a short distance away. Long walk to the theatre,maybe nine blocks. Navy hospital is a good mile south. South and east of old Camp Barry. Abt five blocks east to Mickey D's and the galley.
I am proud that my son will soon be a SNIPE. ( See history of John Snipes) "Old snipes never die. They just go to H---and regroup."
My middle son is Navy e-5 and daughter, e-5 is a LS, former PC. Oldest son was Ar-- MP,gunner, e-6 with 16 months in Iraq, 3 months at ABIU GRAIB, after FIASCO there. Proud to be a military dad
Comment by Larry F on July 18, 2010 at 8:39pm
I was a GSM from 80-85. My son just went to boot camp. He wanted to be a GS, but the rating is very difficult to get into unless you are female right now. He will be an AC and is excited about it, but I suspect he would change if given the opportunity.

GS's work in the engine rooms onboard:

Ticonderoga Class Cruisers
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers
Oliver Hazard Perry Frigates (what's left of them)
Possibly the Littoral Combat Ships in the future.

GSM is mechanical and GSE is electrical.

General Electric LM2500 gas turbines propel the ships and Allison 501's are the electrical generators on the destroyers and cruisers.
GS's operate and maintain all of the equipment in the engine rooms and generator rooms. The work environment is very noisy and hot.

Shore duty can be either an instructor at Great Lakes or repair engines at a shore facility. Much has changed since I got out, so the choices are probably broader.

Once you get out of the Navy, you can get a very good job at gas turbine power plants or work for companies like GE that do repair work.

I have been working in San Diego for the same power company for the last 24 years.
Comment by Charles Stephen Wharton on July 18, 2010 at 11:45am
A school for this is at GL just across base nera VA hospital at the Quarter dech gate.
Comment by Laron on July 18, 2010 at 11:27am
Have not heard from her since the "call home" from boot camp on Wednesday to say that she made it and all is ok. Will be expecting the "box" in a couple of weeks.
Corinne was able to find someone that was a GSE, so talked a bit with him and learned that she would not be on a carrier during deployments. Which was something that she thought was a plus. The ship would be smaller therefor there would be fewer people onboard which in turn would mean more of a family atmosphere. Also she was told that the smaller ships get to see different ports when deployed because of their size they can go places the larger ones can't. I don't know if this is necessarily true, but sounds good.. :) She was also told that most of the time during deployment is spent on guard because there isn't much to do while the ship is cruising along from place to place. ie can't work on it while it's running.. And that she would most likely have to be back to the ship earlier than most because of the duties required in starting back up before moving on to another port. As for what she will be doing after A school and when not deployed.. that is where we haven't really any idea.
Comment by Charles Stephen Wharton on July 18, 2010 at 11:22am
Glad to see another member of this group. Josh had his PIR on 6-25-10
and was in indoc for A school for a about two weeks. He started school on 7-9-10. Talked to him yesterday, says he should be done on sept 28. Ihope more join this group, maybe even active duty or vets to help us. I will comment as often as possible as I try to learn more. good luke to Corinne through her journey through BC.
Comment by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin on July 18, 2010 at 10:43am
Charles emailed me about this rate, so I started the group hoping others would join. Like you Jim, didn't think we had many in this rate on the site.

Laron like I told Charles but "now you both" will be the ginny pigs! LOL of this group. Seriously, Navy Dads we really rely on you both to be the leaders of this group. As you each learn info, keep posting in the group so that the fathers that follow behind you will benefit from your experience. What you both learn about this rate will help fathers for years to come. As of now I believe you two are the only one's with Sailors in this rate.

We will help in anyway we can but really depend on you both to showcase this rate. Laron wouldn't you have loved a group filled with knowledge about this rate while your daughter was in DEP?
So I guess I'm asking for you guys to make that possible for the next dad.

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