The UT Rating

The Utilitiesman rating was established in 1948; originally, a majority of the personnel used to fill this rating came from the Water Tender rating that was first established in 1884.

The Navy's computerized personnel system associates the rating name with an alphanumeric Navy Occupational Specialty (NOS) code. For UT, the NOS is H190.

Utilitiesman work with plumbing, heating, steam, compressed air, fuel storage, and distribution systems. Their work also includes water treatment and distribution systems, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and sewage collecting and disposal facilities at Navy shore installations around the world.

Utilitiesman class "A" school is approximately 13 weeks in duration. The school is located Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The UT rating requires a minimum of a 5 year enlistment obligation.

Utilitiesman (NOS H190)

Navy Utilitiesmen plan, supervise, and perform tasks involved in installation, maintenance, and repair of plumbing, heating, steam, compressed air, fuel storage and distribution systems, water treatment and distribution systems, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and septic systems, as prescribed by drawings and specifications. UTs schedule and evaluate installation and operational tasks, maintain individual combat readiness, and perform tasks required in combat and disaster preparedness or recovery operations.

Utilitiesmen identify and carry out procedures to limit or minimize the adverse effects of environmental pollution. They read and interpret blueprints and prepare sketches for projects, and make estimates of material, labor, and equipment requirements.

Career Sea - Shore Rotation Chart

Utilitiesman Rating's Sea (SEA) Shore (SH) Rotation (months)
RatingSEA1SEA2SEA3SEA4SEA/SH
UT 5242 363636/36
SH1SH2SH3SH4
36363636

Sea tours and shore tours for Sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 ashore until retirement.

Qualifications, Interests, and Working Environment

The Utilitiesman rating requires manual dexterity in the use of tools, equipment and machines. UTs should be able to do repetitive tasks, detailed work, record keeping and function smoothly as team members. Also helpful are, knowledge of algebra, speaking and writing skills, resourcefulness, curiosity, good memory and good physical condition.

Normal color perception is not required. Members of this rating are not required to be citizens of the United States.

UTs may work in a variety of conditions, independently or as members of a large team. Their many different duties may be performed in climates ranging from tropical to arctic. UT ASVAB Test requirement.

Opportunities to enter the Utilitiesman rating are excellent for highly qualified applicants. About 750 men and women work as Utilitiesman in the Navy.

Personnel in the Utilitiesman rating are paid allowances (BAH, BAS, etc. if eligible) and basic enlisted military pay based on years of service and paygrade.

Credit Recommendations

The American Council on Education recommends the following semester hour credits in the associate and vocational degree programs, 6 semester hours for both plumbing and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration and 1 semester hour in electricty.

An AA in Construction Technology can be earned from Coastline Community College.

Date Page Updated: October 26, 2018.