Marine Service



Mike Smith








The Marine Service 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 practice 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. 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.

National Standards:

ABYC: American Boat and Yacht Council

NEC: National Electrical Code

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

United States Coast Guard- Code of Federal Regulations


ABYC: American Boat and Yacht Council


NMEA: National Marine Electronics Association

Valvoline Oil


College Credit:

Washington County Community College

Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Career Prep





Ability to interact with text at a 9th grade reading level (including technical documents).

Ability to use and perform basic arithmetic skills including: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Commitment to safe behavior in the shop.

Possess manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination.

Ability to be self directed and maintain attention to detail.

Ability to communicate and work cooperatively with others.

Ability to work safely around and with dangerous equipment including: power equipment, electrical, and chemicals.

Ability to actively participate on the shop floor including sustained periods of mobility and ability to physically maneuver around and under boats.