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2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marine Maintenance Technology, Marine Technician, AAS

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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.

Sample Career Options

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admissions to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Management (BASAM) degree  and in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

99 credits

First Year

Fall Quarter

Total Credits: 17

Winter Quarter

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 17

Second Year

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