Personal Watercraft Repair Schools: How to Choose

Dec 13, 2019

A personal watercraft technician maintains and repairs small boats and watercraft. Undergraduate programs that prepare students for this line of work are widely available. Read on to learn more about watercraft repair programs, and find out what to look for when choosing a school.

Students looking for training in watercraft repair will find certificate and associate's degree programs listed under marine mechanic and technician training or small engine maintenance and repair. These programs are often available at community colleges, career academies and technical institutes.

10 Personal Watercraft Repair Schools

This list of colleges identifies some schools offering personal watercraft programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,200; Out-of-state $4,700
Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $5,561; Out-of-state $11,489
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $5,252; Out-of-state $8,132
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $2,748; Out-of-state $8,892
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,830; Out-of-state $8,952
Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $4,824; Out-of-state $9,768
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC 2-year, Public Courses In-state $2,462; Out-of-state $8,606
Lakes Region Community College Laconia, NH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $7,168; Out-of-state $15,968
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,248; Out-of-state $14,400
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TX 2-year, Public Diploma In-state $4,063; Out-of-state $15,727

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are some key factors to consider when selecting a personal watercraft repair program.

  • While the standard curriculum of a program includes boat repair and maintenance, students may also want programs that teach marine welding repair for small commercial and recreational watercraft.
  • The length of time in school varies, with career certificates often taking from 12-18 months to complete, while associate degree programs usually last two years.
  • Lab facilities should offer workstations with adequate space, proper diagnostic instruments, demonstration equipment and hand tools.
  • Internship opportunities enable students to gain hands-on experience while earning academic credit.

Marine Maintenance Career Certificate Program

Marine maintenance certificate programs train students to diagnose and repair common problems. Some programs also teach fiberglass molding and hull repair techniques. Other programs expect students to demonstrate work skill proficiency in the field or require an internship before the certificate is conferred.

Associate Degree in Maritime Technology

An associate degree in boat repair and maintenance will prepare students for entry-level positions inspecting, repairing, and performing routine maintenance to gasoline or diesel-powered boats. Graduates of these programs may find employment with boat dealerships, marinas, parks and recreational areas, law enforcement and commercial touring boats.

Several colleges officer certificates and associate's degrees in marine maintenance. Earning one of these credentials can prepare graduates to enter the watercraft repair field.

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