Marine Technology and Aviation

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Marine Technology and Aviation


Program Description

The marine service program will prepare students to pursue a variety of career paths in the marine industry, such as marine mechanic, marine electrician, marine equipment and/or underwater welder, boat captain, ship builder, fiberglass repair technician, boat refinisher and many more. Initially, students are taught the fundamentals of engine operation which includes operating procedures on gasoline internal combustion engines, such as general maintenance, fuel system diagnostics and repair. They will also learn basic electrical theory and engine cooling principals. Students will be taught how to use the common hand and power tools necessary to repair marine equipment as well as obtaining knowledge of the different types of hardware used in the industry.

Students will learn about boat construction and the different materials required to perform such skills, while mastering the appropriate language and terminology used throughout the marine industry. Students will be taught the communication skills necessary to engage customers and vendors in addition to completing thorough service request forms, repair estimates and the necessary procedure(s) for sourcing parts. Students will also learn how to perform general maintenance and proper winterizing and spring conditioning techniques. When the fundamental skills have been mastered, students will be taught advanced engine building techniques including the following: diesels, electrical and electronic repair, plumbing, HVAC, hydraulics, welding, diagnostics and navigation. 

Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to obtain their SCUBA certification, AWS (American Welding Society) welding certification, OSHA 10-Hour certificate as well as work towards their ABYC certifications. All curriculum is in accordance with the nationally recognized American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) regulations.

The curriculum will be delivered using a multimodal approach which includes both hands-on learning and classroom theory instruction. Hands-on instruction will be delivered in the school and throughout the community at a variety of marine shops etc., as a part of our placement/co-operative education program.  Students will also complete courses in ABYC Electrical theory, ABYC Marine Systems, ABYC Marine Corrosion, Advanced Marine electrical systems, ABYC Gasoline Engines, ABYC Diesel Engines, ABYC Composite Boat Builder and ABYC air conditioning and refrigeration.





Michael McConnell

Academy Administrator

Steve Walker

Career Opportunities

  • Facilities Management for Shipyards, Marina and Aviation
  • Marine Mechanice
  • Marine Carpenter
  • Marine Electrician
  • Shop Builder
  • Boat and Trailer Repair Technician and Refinisher
  • Boat Captain
  • FiberGlass Repair Technician 
  • Underwater Welder
  • Upholstery and interior shops
  • Mobile repair businesses
  • Charter Fishing Industry
  • Off Shore Wind Industry