Top School to Become a Boat Technician - Orlando, FL

School and Ranking Information

There is just one for-profit technical institute in the city of Orlando, FL, that offers programs in marine maintenance and ship repair technology. However, students who are interested in becoming boat technicians can choose from among an additional seven public and private, not-for-profit schools, all of which are located within 135 miles of Orlando. The closest of the six public schools was chosen as the top training option for boat technicians based upon its program availability and opportunities for professional certifications.

  • Winner: Marchman Technical Education Center (MTEC) is a 2-year school located a little less than 85 miles from Orlando in New Port Richey, FL, which is right on the Gulf of Mexico. At MTEC, students can enroll in a Marine Service Technology Program for new and experienced boat technicians that can help them enter or advance in careers in outboard motor or watercraft engine mechanics.

School Info Chart

Category Marchman Technical Education Center
Location New Port Richey, FL
School Type 2-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) $1,585 per 450-hour term, including tuition, fees and books (Marine Service Technology Program)**
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Awards Offered Certificate
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2013 1-<2-year certificate (2 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 92%*
Noteworthy Marine Service Technology Program prepares students for the Bombardier Levels 1-4, Function and Service Levels 1-4 and Essentials Outboard System certifications

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Marchman Technical Education Center.

Marchman Technical Education Center

  • Low-student faculty ratio of 10:1
  • Marine service technology instructor has more than 30 years of field-related experience
  • 24 program credits may be transferable to an Associate of Science in Industrial Management Technology at Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey

Marchman Technical Education Center is a suburban school that enrolls approximately 160 students annually. During the 2012-2013 school year, the center awarded a little over 90 certificates in mechanic and repair technologies, construction and personal services, among other occupational areas. Applicants to the certificate programs must be at least 18 years old or have satisfied the school's General Educational Development (GED) prerequisite; a satisfactory score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam is also required. Students enrolled in the Marine Service Technology Program wear safety glasses, shoes and uniforms that meet district, state and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements.

The 1,350-hour marine service technology curriculum consists of six courses and includes topics in inboard diesel and gas technology, marine rigging, outboard engine technology and stern drive technology. Students also complete the requirements for the Bombardier 1 and 2 certifications; Bombardier certifications levels 3 and 4 are optional. High school graduates who complete the program can apply for entry-level jobs as boat riggers or marine engine mechanics. Those with two years of college or job-related training may have the knowledge and skills they need to start their own business or obtain more advanced positions as parts associates, service writers or supervisors.

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