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Top Schools for Marine Watercraft Repair and Maintenance

Find out which top schools can help students acquire the training they need to work in watercraft repair and maintenance. Read brief summaries of the program options at three leading institutions, and get an idea of what other schools in the U.S. train watercraft repair and maintenance technicians.

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Programs in watercraft repair and maintenance teach students how to identify and repair the engines and bodies of all types of watercraft. These programs usually confer undergraduate certificates and/or degrees.

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School Overview

The four schools featured below include a maritime academy, a community college and two technology institutes that offer training in watercraft repair and maintenance. Each of these schools provides comprehensive training in the field and has been accredited by at least one relevant industry organization.

California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA

School Highlight: Marine Engineering Technology programs at this academy offer experience on training and military ships.

The California Maritime Academy (CMA), an extension of the California State University system, offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marine Engineering Technology (MET). The program is designed to prepare students for employment aboard commercial or military vessels and includes three practical training sessions that last 60 days each. During two of the training sessions, students spend time at sea on the Golden Bear, CMU's training vessel. The third session is spent aboard a commercial or military ship. The program has been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

University of Hawaii - Honolulu Community College, HI

School Highlight: This school's version of a marine watercraft repair and maintenance program strictly follows the guidelines of the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Honolulu Community College (HCC), an extension of the University of Hawaii system, offers an Associate in Applied Science in Small Vessel Fabrication and Repair. Once enrolled, students take classes at the state-of-the-art Marine Education and Training Center. Courses include topics in tooling, vessel refinishing and fabricating; students also learn how to repair and maintain composite sails. HCC is a founding member of the Marine League of Schools, through which students can pursue American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certification programs.

New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, RI

School Highlight: This school's marine repair and maintenance program teaches students how to follow along with EPA guidelines, according to the dictates of working in salt and fresh water.

The New England Institute of Technology offers an Associate in Science in Marine Technology. In general, the program can be completed within 18 months through day or night classes. All of the faculty members in the program are factory-certified by the ABYC, Mercury Marine and Volvo. NEIT's Marine Technology program is one of six in the Marine League of Schools approved by the ABYC.

Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, MN

School Highlight: Programs at this school include an A.A.S. and a Diploma in Marine and Motor Sports Technician and an Outboard Technician and Power Equipment Technician Certificate.

The associate's degree and diploma programs available through Hennepin involve classroom-based coursework and hands-on lab training. While most of the coursework in both programs is focused on career training for technicians, the associate's degree program also requires students to take general education courses. Students may also complete an internship prior to graduation. The program is accredited by the Engine and Equipment Training Council.

Top Marine Watercraft Repair and Maintenance Schools

These colleges also provide strong programs for students who want to learn about marine watercraft repair and maintenance:

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, MN, is home to the Mercury Marine Regional Factory Training Center.
  • Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA, offers an Associate in Technical Arts in Marine Maintenance Technology and a 1-year Marine Technician Certificate.
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake, WI, has a 6,000-square foot lab near Lake Superior.

There are many two-year schools that provide technical training in the maintenance and repair of watercrafts. Interested students can find the best programs at schools that have been accredited or certified by relevant industry groups.

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