Students in North Carolina can choose from two schools that have programs in marine mechanics. These schools offer degree, diploma, and certificate programs that provide students with training in marine mechanics. Degree programs include general education courses in addition to the classroom instruction and hands-on lab training in marine mechanics on which the certificate and diploma programs focus.
Below is an overview of program options available at these two schools, including a comparison chart showing tuition at a glance.
Cape Fear Community College
This Wilmington school is one of the largest community colleges in the state. It offers a marine and diesel mechanics program that can result in a certificate, diploma or Associate in Applied Science degree. The programs prepare students to work as technicians and mechanics who work on boats and other marine equipment. The coursework includes topics in marine engines, marine electricity, hydraulics and welding. The AAS program takes two years and requires 67 semester credits and includes general education courses. The 3-semester diploma program requires 41 credits and the 15-credit certificate program can be completed in one semester.
The college also offers a 1-year diploma program in boat manufacturing and service. Students in this program learn how to perform work on boat engine, electrical and plumbing systems. The program also teaches students how to apply fiberglass techniques in designing boats. Cape Fear Community College also offers an Associate in Applied Science in Marine Technology. The program primarily prepares students for entry-level lab and scientific positions related to marine science; however, it also includes a few classes related to marine engine maintenance and troubleshooting.
Carteret Community College
Located in Morehead City, this school is part of the North Carolina Community College System. Students at this school have one program to learn about marine mechanics. The college offers one diploma program focused on composite boat manufacturing. The diploma programs cover marine mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. This program can prepare students for positions at service yards, dealerships and boat building companies.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Marine Mechanics Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Cape Fear Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Certificate in Marine and Diesel Mechanics,
Diploma in Marine and Diesel Mechanics,
Diploma in Boat Manufacture and Service,
AAS in Marine and Diesel Mechanics,
AAS in Marine Technology
|$2,748 in-state; $8,892 out-of-state*|
|Carteret Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Diploma in Boat Manufacture and Service Technology-Composite boat manufacturing||$2,696 in-state; $9,224 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator