Marine Maintenance Technology (MT) prepares students for employment in the marine trades with a focus on two major disciplines: marine mechanics and marine electrical systems. The MT program offers one-year certificates in each of these high demand areas and a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for those who complete coursework in both fields.
Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s maritime industry, the MT program has close affiliations with various marine manufacturers and service companies. Affordably priced, with out-of-state tuition waivers available, the program provides students with a unique opportunity to successfully begin a new career or expand upon existing skills.
Ongoing growth in the marine manufacturing and service industry within the pleasure, military, and commercial sectors is driving strong demand for skilled marine technicians. In response to this demand, Skagit Valley College is a member of the Marine League of Schools, a national consortium of marine technology educators providing industry standards-based training and education. In the MT program, students divide their time between the classroom and well-equipped lab facilities. Through on-site testing and preparation, students have an excellent opportunity to earn credentials with the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as forklift certification and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specific training.
Marine Mechanical training provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, maintain, and repair modern marine engines and propulsion systems. Students learn the fundamentals of fuel, cooling, exhaust, ignition, lubrication, electrical, hydraulic, and control systems for gasoline and diesel engines. An emphasis is put on developing acute troubleshooting skills while adhering to industry best practices and techniques. Hands-on training covers how to install and repair inboard diesel and gasoline engines, sterndrives, and outboard motors to manufacturer’s specifications.
Marine Electrical system training teaches students how to install, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot modern boat systems using established industry standards and best practices. Systems course work includes learning about AC and DC electrical systems, plumbing, rigging, electronics, sanitation, refrigeration, communication, HVAC, and navigation systems. Certified instructors have direct industry experience and prepare students to apply their skills to virtually any professional scenario involving troubleshooting, repair, upgrading, and integrating modern marine systems on board vessels of all types.
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