According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, boat mechanics can also be referred to as small engine mechanics. However, small engine mechanics fix a large array of mechanical devices besides boats, so not all small engine mechanic degree or certificate programs provide sufficient training for someone hoping to become a boat mechanic. There are currently three public colleges in North Carolina that offer a program specifically related to the boat mechanic career field. Read on to learn more about these community colleges.
Carteret Community College
Located in Morehead City, Carteret Community College offers a certificate program in marine propulsion systems. Students can learn to become boat mechanics, also known as marine technicians, by making repairs and adjustments to actual boats. The program features courses that cover outboard motor systems, powerhead systems and lower unit systems.
In addition to the certificate courses, the school also offers a series of continuing education courses that provide training in marine engine systems. Possible course topics for students include marine diesel and marine outboard engine repair.
Cape Fear Community College
CFCC, located in Wilmington, offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree program in marine technology that is intended to provide a solid academic background that will prepare graduates for relevant employment. The program's curriculum develops both practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the field of marine scientific support. Students will learn through classroom lectures and discussion, then supplement this new knowledge with practical, hands-on experience aboard an actual ship. The program also trains students to use complicated equipment such as chemical measuring instruments, sampling devices, and electronic navigation devices.
Coastal Carolina Community College
Though CCCC does not offer any degree programs related to boat mechanics, the Jacksonville-based school offers a pair of continuing education courses that provide instruction in related fields. The Small Engine Maintenance & Repair course teaches students how to service and repair different kinds of small engines, while the Marine Engine & Outboard Motor Repair class examines ignition systems, rebuild procedures, and carburetion systems.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Marine Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Carteret Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Marine Propulsion Systems Certificate, //Continuing education courses||$2,704 (in-state), $7,312 (out-of-state)*|
|Cape Fear Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||AAS in Marine Technology||$2,654 (in-state), $8,798 (out-of-state)*|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||2-year, public; small city||Continuing education courses||$180 per course**|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, ** School website.