These two schools offer some of the best academic programs for aspiring marine mechanics in the nation. Both colleges have been ranked by Washington Monthly among the best community colleges in the U.S. A number of certificate programs are available through one school, while the other features an associate's degree program that trains students to work on all small motors, not just marine equipment.
1. Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA
|School Highlight: All faculty in Skagit Valley College's Marine Maintenance Technology program have either worked in the industry or are currently working in the industry.|
Skagit Valley College was ranked 19th on Washington Monthly's list of the best 50 community colleges in 2010. Classes in the school's Marine Maintenance Technology program cover topics such as marine electrical systems, marine engine systems, marine electronics, and marine plumbing and sanitation systems.
Skagit Valley College allows students to prepare themselves for a variety of marine trades by teaching them how to work with engine equipment, how to repair damaged inboard drivetrain components, and perform basic maintenance on outboard engines, vessels' electrical systems, outdrive propulsion systems, and inboard engines.
2. Alexandria Technical and Community College in Minnesota
|School Highlight:Alexandria Technical and Community College was the first two-year college in Minnesota to accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.|
In 2010, Washington Monthly ranked Alexandria Technical and Community College 8th on its list of 50 best community colleges. The school offers a 72-credit program that confers an associate's degree in marine and small engine mechanics. In addition to work on marine engines, students study the repair of snowmobiles and motorcycles.
Coursework includes an examination of marine drive systems, marine engine systems, marine fuel systems, marine electrical systems, outdoor power equipment, and technical math.
List of Top Marine Mechanic Schools
|Cape Fear Community College||Offers certificate and associate's degree programs in marine and diesel mechanics||Wilmington, NC|
|CUNY Kingsborough||Offers a 1-year undergraduate marine mechanic certificate program||Brooklyn, NY|
|Hennepin Technical College||The school hosts tool vendors on campus to help students save money when buying their tools for the program||Brooklyn Park, MN|
|Honolulu Community College||School facilities include the Marine Education Training Center||Honolulu, HI|
|Iowa Lakes Community College||Marine service technology students can pursue a business management or marine emphasis in their second year of this A.A.S. program||Estherville, IA|
|National Park Community College||Includes a course on boat maintenance for the off-season||Hot Springs, AR|
|New England Institute of Technology||Associate's degree students can continue on to bachelor's degree study||Warwick, RI|
|North Georgia Technical College||Offers a diploma program in marine engine technology||Clarkesville, GA|
|Olympic College||Offers industrial trade technician programs that culminate with a certificate or associate's degree in marine machinery mechanics (among other options)||Bremerton, WA|
|University of Alaska Southeast||Offers 1-year occupational endorsement, 2-year associate's degree, and apprenticeship programs||Juneau, AK|