Marine Service


The Marine Service Technology program offers many opportunities for students to find their interests in one or more skill sets in the field. The course is designed to teach the necessary theoretical and practical skills to prepare and educate individuals to become competent marine technicians with career readiness skills and an aptitude for the industry. Students will gain the ability to diagnose, repair, install and rebuild multiple marine systems, inboard and outboard engines, diesel engines, AC & DC electrical, marine electronics and composite boat building and repair. Partnerships with local boatyards provide students with valuable hands-on experience in the industry. Each section of the program includes a large portion of shop time in order to strengthen the student’s hands-on skills. All Certification tests are optional and not graded as part of the curriculum. Students who complete the program can further their education or enter into the workforce as a boatyard technician, boat builder, small engine mechanic and more.


Year I: Small Engine

Shop safety, tools & measurements, fasteners & sealants, engine construction, theory & operation of 2-stroke & 4-stroke engine, small engine maintenance, troubleshooting, repairs, rebuilding, carburetion, ignition systems, lubrication systems, cooling systems, customer service skills, basic DC electrical theory & installation, battery systems, introduction to marine composites & coatings.

Year II: Marine Systems

Customer service skills, introduction to boat handling, navigation, & safety, outboard & inboard engine maintenance, troubleshooting & repair. Advanced DC electrical theory, troubleshooting & installation. Fuel injection systems. Marine diesel & support systems. Marine electronics installation & troubleshooting. Advanced marine composite repairs & coatings. Seasonal maintenance & shrink wrapping.


Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology

Small Gas Engine

Diesel Engine Technology

USCG Navigation Rules & Regulations Handbook

National Standards:

American Boat and Yacht Council

National Electrical Code

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

United States Coast Guard- Code of Federal Regulations


ABYC: American Boat and Yacht Council

NMEA: National Marine Electronics Association

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour Safety

SP2: Valvoline Oil


College Credit:

Washington County Community College

MET 170- Small Engine Repair and Tune-Up (3 credits)

Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Career Prep



Is This Program A Fit?

I enjoy...

‣ Solving technical problems

‣ Working with boats

‣ Working with my hands

I am able to...

‣ Maintain Physical Dexterity- move around a vehicle and into small spaces

‣ Pay Attention to Detail- having a good eye for detail to get a boat looking like new

‣ Perform Technical Skills- using a wide range of tools and dangerous equipment safely

‣ Work Collaboratively- work cooperatively and professionally with classmates

I am comfortable with...

‣ Reading- interacting with technical documents

‣ Math- arithmetic skills including multiplication and division

‣ STEM- science, technology, engineering, mathematic