Despite its proximity to the ocean, California is not home to many boat maintenance and repair training options. Although there are no specific degree programs in the field, there are two colleges where students can find undergraduate degrees in related subjects. A third college also offers individual courses in topics like electrical systems and outboard maintenance repair. Students can choose between them based on their educational and career goals.
The California Maritime Academy
At Cal Maritime in Vallejo, California, there are several Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees that are relevant to boat repair and maintenance. Interested students can choose between BS degrees in marine engineering technology, marine transportation and mechanical engineering. These programs combine general education courses with marine-specific coursework, some of which is relevant to boat maintenance. For instance, as part of the marine transportation curriculum, students may take courses in ship structure and ship stability. In marine engineering technology programs, students can find courses in material strength, diesel engineering and electronics, all of which can be helpful for future boat repairers and engineers.
Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College is located in Costa Mesa. Students interested in boat repair and maintenance might want to consider some classes offered through the college's School of Sailing and Seamanship. The course offerings vary and may change throughout the year. One example is a fiberglass repair and maintenance course where students learn to maintain and fix fiberglass parts of vessels. There is also a class for those who want to learn to diagnose and fix problems with the outboard. A third option is the marine electrical systems course that covers the many types of electrical systems, including charging, wiring, and marine corrosion.
While Shasta College in Redding does not offer a program specifically in boat maintenance and repair, it does provide a two-year associate's degree program in diesel technology for aspiring heavy duty diesel technicians. Students learn about diesel engine and electrical repair, power training and brake rebuilding, and the skills they learn can be applied to a wide range of automotive technologies, including boats. Upon completion, graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs in the field.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Boat Maintenance and Repair Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Orange Coast College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Varies; course options may include:
Fiberclass Repair and Maintenance Course,
Outboard Maintenance and Troubleshooting Course,
Marine Electrical Systems Course
|$165 (Fiberglass, Paint and Varnish Workshops); $145 (Outboard Maintenance and Troubleshooting)**|
|The California Maritime Academy||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Transportation, Mechanical Engineering||$7,056 in-state, $18,936 out-of-state*|
|Shasta College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate's Degree in Diesel Technology||$1,185 in-state, $6,801 out-of-state*|
Sources: NCES College Navigator, **Orange Coast College.