Marine mechanic training programs are available at a relatively small number of colleges and private schools, including community colleges, technical schools and universities. These are usually located on the waterfront, so student relocation may be necessary.
10 Marine Mechanic Schools
The following schools offer marine mechanic training programs at various levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Cape Fear Community College||Wilmington, NC||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state: $2,654 Out-of-state: $8,798|
|CUNY Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn, NY||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $5,202 Out-of-state: $8,082|
|Hennepin Technical College||Brooklyn Park, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate||$5,159|
|Honolulu Community College||Honolulu, HI||2-year, Public||Associate||In-state: $2,910 Out-of-state: $7,902|
|Iowa Lakes Community College||Estherville, IA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate||In-state: $5,676 Out-of-state: $6,028|
|National Park Community College||Hot Springs, AR||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district: $3,200 In-state: $3,500 Out-of-state: $4,580|
|New England Institute of Technology||East Greenwich, RI||4-year, Private non-profit||Associate||$23,031|
|North Georgia Technical College||Clarkesville, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $2,724 Out-of-state: $4,860|
|Olympic College||Bremerton, WA||4-year primarily associate, Public||Associate||$3,837|
|University of Alaska Southeast||Juneau, AK||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $6,132 Out-of-state: $17,306|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Before choosing a school, students should consider the following:
- Some programs may allow students to only take specific courses in areas in which they are unfamiliar or a block of courses related to marine technologies.
- Look for schools that offer hands-on experience opportunities and workshops that allow students to practice mechanical and marine electronics skills.
- Consider job placement rates for the program, as some schools may have better industry connections or placement programs.
Certificate Programs in Marine Technology
Similar programs award certificates of completion in marine technology. A one- to two-year curriculum covers many areas of boat technology, including engine repair, welding, marine electronics and transmissions.
Associate of Applied Science in Marine Technology
An associate's degree program takes two to three years to complete and usually requires general education courses in addition to courses in mechanics. Upon completion of an associate's degree program, graduates should be able to find work repairing fishing vessels, personal watercraft, charter vessels, boat engines, marine transmissions and other related vehicles and devices.
Programs for aspiring marine mechanics are usually found as certificates or diplomas, though associate's degrees do exist. These prepare graduates for entry-level positions working on ships or in marine repair businesses.