Potential boat mechanics can earn a diploma, certificate or associate degree to enter this profession. Marine mechanic, marine and small engine mechanic, marine engineering, marine propulsion and marine specialist programs can all qualify boat mechanics to work on small personal craft and commercial vessels.
Boat mechanic classes typically include instruction in the inspection, repair and maintenance of marine engines, electrical systems, transmissions and fuel systems. Hands-on training is required in most boat mechanic classes.
Here are some common concepts taught in boat mechanic courses:
- Marine engine mechanics
- Engine winterization
- Fuel system upkeep
- Working with electrical schematics
- Marine transmission repair and replacement
List of Boat Mechanic Classes
Outboard Engines Course
With a focus on inspection, diagnostics, maintenance and repair of 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, students in this required class for boat mechanics attend lectures and perform hands-on engine repair work. Students are introduced to major marine engine systems like electrical, fuel, charging and ignition. They disassemble and reassemble outboard engines and learn winterizing procedures.
Inboard Engines Course
This required boat mechanic course combines classroom and lab learning. Students study the parts and major systems of 4-stroke gas and diesel engines commonly used on pleasure boats and small commercial boats. Manufacturers' manuals guide prescribed maintenance, adjustment and repair work on fuel, starting, ignition and charging systems. Lab work includes handling crank shaft gears, timing covers, bearings, pistons and belts plus reconditioning and rebuilding inboard engines.
Marine Ignition and Fuel Systems Course
Students perform in-depth work on ignition and fuel systems components in this required class. They visually inspect these systems and learn how to use diagnostic tools to troubleshoot problems. In the lab, hands-on practice includes tune up, repair and replacement of the fuel pump, carburetor, fuel tanks, fuel filters or fuel injection systems.
Marine Electrics Course
Another required class, this course emphasizes safety while working with electricity. Students learn to understand and work to an electrical schematic. They become familiar with electrical systems and repairs common to boats. Lab exercises focus on circuits, wiring, electric starters and chargers. Students test electrical systems and analyze malfunctions using diagnostic tools.
Marine Transmissions Course
Students take apart marine transmissions and put them back together again in this required course for boat mechanics. Coursework includes identification of major transmission parts as well as overall transmission repair, adjustment and replacement. With classroom and lab work, students are prepared to work on multiple types of inboard engine transmissions.