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Boat Engine and Motor Repair Schools: How to Choose

Boat engine mechanics and marine motor repair technicians diagnose, repair and install nautical machinery. Marine mechanics can find practical training in various types of boat engines and watercraft, including diploma and associate's degree programs.

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Various 2-year schools offer boat mechanic courses and programs. Associate's degree programs take up to two years to complete, and students usually take general education courses, in addition to studying marine mechanic, while certificate and diploma programs are shorter and don't usually include as many, if any, general education courses.

Schools with Marine Engine Technology Programs

These schools offer undergraduate marine engine technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition and Fees 2015-2016**
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $5,338
Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma $3,951 in-state, $7,474 out-of-state
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 2-year, Public Diploma $5,685*
Lakes Region Community College Laconia, NH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $6,642 in-state, $14,802 out-of-state
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's $2,654 in-state, $8,798 out-of-state
Cedar Valley College Lancaster, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,200 in-state, $4,700 out-of-state
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, IA 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $5,676 in-state, $6,028 out-of-state
Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA 2-year, Public Certificate $4,488 in-state, $9,432 out-of-state

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should keep these considerations in mind when choosing a school:

  • Prospective boat engine and motor repair technicians might look for technical schools that provide hands-on experience with tools and equipment.
  • Candidates may seek a school that is affiliated with a marina or boatyard and that provides internship or apprenticeship opportunities.
  • For students looking for education in a specific brand of engine, some boat engine manufacturers offer additional model-specific courses and certifications.
  • Students should consider program length when choosing a school, since associate's degrees usually take longer to complete than certificate and diploma programs.

Marine Service Technology Training Program

Some technical schools offer 1-2 year training programs in marine service technology. In such programs, students become familiar with the equipment and tools used in boat motor repair. Students may also be given a foundation in electricity and welding, as well as in boating safety.

Marine and Small Engine Mechanic Diploma

Students in a combined marine and small engine mechanic diploma program might be required to undertake an internship at a repair shop or dealership. Depending on the program, students might receive additional education in the repair of snowmobiles, motorcycles and lawnmowers.

Associate's Degree in Marine Engine Technology

Prospective boat engine mechanics can complete an associate's degree program in marine engine technology or marine and small engine technology. Programs typically have labs or machine shops where students gain hands-on experience.

Associate of Applied Science in Marine and Small Engine Technology

Small engine repair programs teach students how to service marine and other outdoor power equipment. Knowledge of various types of engines can be useful, especially in areas where boat engine technician jobs may be seasonal.

Prospective boat engine mechanics and marine motor repair technicians should look for schools that offer hands-on experience and internships. Other considerations may include program length and model-specific courses and certifications.

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