Online Schools for Marine Mechanic & Technician: How to Choose

Jul 18, 2018

Learn about important considerations when selecting an online marine mechanic and technician school. Read more to get an overview of the program options, delivery methods, and common topics offered for the field of study.

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Selecting an Online School

It's important to research online programs for certification as a marine mechanic or technician before beginning a program, since the award level and delivery options vary. Whether you're looking for certification as a marine mechanic or technician, you'll want to check out a couple of schools before signing up.

There are several key points when considering an online marine mechanic and technician school. Marine technicians and mechanics help keep ships afloat by installing, maintaining, and repairing all the electrical or mechanical equipment and systems found on a ship, including the engines. There are very few online certificate programs available in marine technology due to the hands-on nature of the instruction. Online automotive mechanics and small engine repair programs can provide a similar education. Students must then weigh the award level with the type of program and online program delivery.

Award Level

Distance education students can earn certificates of completion and advanced certificates in marine technology. Some programs and courses are offered jointly with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). The ABYC also offers the Marine Technician Certification Program. Students can earn the ABYC Certified Technician or Master Technician credential.

Type of Program

Many schools and technical institutes offer online courses in automotive mechanics and small engine repair. Since ships use internal combustion engines, an aspiring marine mechanic may find these courses useful preparation for a marine technology career.

Online Program Delivery

Distance education programs in marine technology are available online or, in some cases, through the mail. Typically, students access lessons through a school's website and contact instructors by e-mail. Online and distance courses usually allow students to study at their own pace, completing one instruction module at a time. Students may be required to purchase software or other materials in addition to tuition for the course. Other requirements typically include a computer with Internet access and a valid e-mail account.

List of Online Programs

Online Certificate of Completion in Marine Technology

Through this online certificate program, students learn the basic marine safety, but not how to repair or maintain systems. Specific courses include:

  • Introduction to marine technology
  • Marine crew wellness
  • Logistics and transportation management
  • Decompression chamber and forklift operations
  • Mixed gas diving

Online Auto Repair Technician Program

Online auto repair technician programs are available for students who want to study the internal combustion engine. This program covers different types of engines, including how they operate and perform under different conditions. Topics include:

  • Lubrication
  • Electrical and ignition systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Advanced auto computer systems
  • Troubleshooting and repair of engine problems

Schools With Online Programs

Although it's possible to receive training in marine technology online, these programs are more rare than auto mechanic programs.

Lloyd's Maritime Academy offers a certificate in ship technology program delivered via tutored distance learning. The program lasts for 14 weeks and covers topics such as engineering and the technical and operational aspects of ships. There is a 10 percent discount for early applications.

The Penn Foster Career School has an online program for auto repair technicians that takes six months to complete. It trains students in things like engine repair and transmissions.

It is possible to get certified in marine technology online or via correspondence, but the hands-on nature of marine mechanics requires students to appear in person. As an alternative, students can train in auto or small engine repair online to get started in this field.

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