Marine Diesel Mechanics Schools and Colleges

Dec 04, 2019

A marine diesel mechanic works to repair, service and adjust different components of diesel engines that are designed to function in fresh- or saltwater environments. Some professionals working in the field have the minimum of a high school diploma and have gained skills through on-the-job training. Most employers, however, typically prefer to hire mechanics with some formal training and who have earned a certificate or associate's degree.

Programs in marine diesel mechanics can be found at community and technical colleges. This is typically an undergraduate field of study leading to a certificate or associate's degree.

10 Schools with Marine Diesel Technology Programs

This table identifies some schools offering marine diesel technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)**
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,748; Out-of-state $8,892
Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,966; Out-of-state $7,489
Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $5,561; Out-of-state $11,489
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,200; Out-of-state $4,700
Hawaii Community College Hilo, HI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,144; Out-of-state $8,280
College of Alameda Alameda, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,254; Out-of-state $7,806
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,830; Out-of-state $8,952
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 2-year, Public Diploma In-state $4,063; Out-of-state $15,727
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,252; Out-of-state $8,132
Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $4,824; Out-of-state $9,768

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

School Selection Criteria

When selecting a marine diesel mechanic school there are some important considerations.

  • Students should look for training programs designed to offer both classroom and hands-on learning.
  • Prospective diesel mechanics will receive the best training in a program that requires students to apply new skills in assembling, troubleshooting, repairing and working with diesel engines.
  • Schools that offer a choice in degree paths should be given consideration; an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Marine Technology, a Certificate of Training and a Certificate of Competency are common offerings in the marine diesel mechanic industry.
  • Some programs are for general diesel mechanical training, and are not limited to marine diesel technology; students may prefer a course that includes a wide range of diesel mechanical training, or may wish to choose a college with a specific focus on marine diesel technology.

Marine Diesel Mechanic Certificate Programs

Earning a completion certificate from a marine diesel mechanics program generally takes students about one year. Certificate programs do not generally include formalized internships, but often have co-op arrangements with local businesses that allow students additional training before entering the workforce. Programs like this typically offer a Certificate of Applied Science or a Certificate of Completion in Diesel Technology.

Marine Diesel Mechanic Associate's Degree Programs

An A.A.S. in Marine Diesel Technology may better equip aspiring mechanics for a career in the field. These programs usually take two years to complete and include traditional general education requirements in addition to formalized study of marine diesel mechanics. Diagnostic procedures and repair are also emphasized heavily. Some programs also cover preventative maintenance for marine diesel engines and offer students the opportunity to specialize in heavy equipment and transport technology.

To prepare for a career as a marine diesel mechanic it is possible to complete a certificate, diploma or associate's degree program. Several colleges offer marine diesel technology courses or general diesel technology courses that encompass a range of diesel engines.

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