Boat Mechanic School and College Program Information

A marine mechanic is responsible for providing preventive maintenance and repair on boats and other marine vehicles. Although most boat mechanics receive on-the-job training, some certificate, degree and training programs are available in the field.

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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.

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