The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies outboard motor repairers as part of a wider group of technicians known as small engine mechanics (www.bls.gov). Community, technical and vocational schools across the country offer certificate and associate's degree programs in areas like maritime technology, maritime services, and marine and small engine mechanics.
10 Schools with Outboard Mechanic Programs
The following schools offer outboard mechanic programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville, North Carolina||2-year, Public||Continuing Education Course|| $2,334 In-state
|Tidewater Community College||Norfolk, Virginia||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $5,171 In-state
|Skagit Valley College||Mount Vernon, Washington||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,200 In-state
|Massasoit Community College||Brockton, Massachusetts||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $4,488 In-state
|Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn, New York||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $5,202 In-state
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,753 In-state
|Carteret Community College||Morehead City, North Carolina||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,704 In-state
|Minnesota State Community and Technical College||Fergus Falls, Minnesota||2-year, Public|| Diploma
|Chattanooga State Community College||Chattanooga, Tennessee||2-year, Public||Diploma||$5,685**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School Website
School Selection Criteria
These programs often include the repair of other types of vehicles, such as snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, along with 2-cycle engines, which are used in lawn and garden equipment. Considerations for students include:
- Faculty members should have basic engineering expertise, familiarity with manufacturing and work experience in small engine design and repair.
- Facilities should have spacious, clean laboratories for hands-on student work with modern tools and diagnostic equipment.
- Student-teacher ratios should be low with sufficient faculty office hours.
Certificate in Maritime and Small Engine Repair
Admission to career certificate programs usually requires a high school diploma or GED. Certificate programs usually require students to take classes in technical math, reading and writing, in addition to engine repair courses.
Associate's Degree in Maritime and Small Engine Repair
Associate's degree programs usually have more robust general education requirements than career certificates. Students take courses in the electrical, fuel and drive systems of small engines, along with power trains and diagnostics. These are applied to both 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines, including marine craft engines, motorcycles and ATVs, as well as lawn and garden equipment.
Outboard mechanics training programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs typically emphasize topics such as electrical systems, fuel systems, power trains and troubleshooting.