The waves, the breeze, the sun, the wildlife! Our area is such a natural resource for aquatic activities, not just the fishing, diving, and water sports, but also the great times with family and friends on the water. The restaurant rendezvous, the quiet beaches, the sunsets! Become a marine technologies expert and get involved in boating by demonstrating your expertise in keeping the most technologically advanced marine propulsion units working while helping educate boaters and offering opportunities to experience the fun and togetherness of being on a watercraft. Each year nearly 70 million people in the U.S. enjoy boating, the recreational activity that connects like no other. Life is better on the water! Live the boating lifestyle and become part of this high-paying, high-demand industry. Students are prepared to earn the following certifications: Yamaha Marine Maintenance Certifications: Portable, Mid-Range, Inline, V-Engine; Mercury Marine Fundamentals; and OSHA Forklift Training.
Classroom and laboratory experiences in the Marine Service Technologies program include – theory and operation of the 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, electrical ignition systems, and the safe and efficient work practices in the exploration of all functions of marine power plants. Students will have an opportunity for hands-on laboratory experiences including troubleshooting and repair of power heads, fuel systems, ignition and electrical systems, and accessories.
The following table illustrates the program structure:
Outboard Engine Technician
Outboard Engine Diagnostics Technician
Inboard Gas Engine Technician
Drive Train Technician
Inboard Diesel Technician
Approximately 12 months
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What You’ll Learn
- Introduction to Marine Mechanics & Safety
- Tools and Fastenings
- Fundamentals of Marine Mechanics
- Power Heads (2-cycle)
- Exhaust Housings (Mid Section) Outboard
- Lower Units Outboard
- Inboard/Outboard (4-cycle)
- Intermediate Housings
- Outdrive Units-I/O
- Boat Trailers
- Dealer Preparation
- Boat Repair
- Employability Skills
Career Ready Skills
- Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
- Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
- Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
- Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
- Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
- Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
- Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
- Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
- Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
- Use technology to enhance productivity.
- Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.
Students who complete this course can expect to earn a starting salary of $13+ per hour in the following industries (Actual wages vary according to education, experience, and certifications.)
According to O’Net Online, jobs for motorboat mechanics and service technicians in Florida will grow 19% between 2014 – 2024.
Steps to Enroll
- Attend a Virtual Information Session
- Take the T.A.B.E. test, if applicable
- Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
- Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
- Provide appropriate residency documents
- Complete application packet
- Pay application fee
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