Marine Technology

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate’s Degree in Marine Technology Program offers theory and practical training in marine mechanics, marine engine service and repair, marine business concepts, marine electricity and marine systems installation, repair and service. Hands-on practical skills in installation, service, and repairs to mechanical, electrical, electronic, and hydraulic systems utilized by both recreational and commercial vessels are stressed throughout the curriculum. In addition, marine business procedures are taught using computerized learning methods with marine specific software.

Faculty members in Marine Technology are factory-certified by ABYC, Volvo and Mercury Marine. The Marine Technology Department is the New England training site for Volvo Penta Marine with advanced training available for qualified students. Students completing the Marine Technology program may also qualify to become certified Volvo Penta Technicians.

Students can earn their Associate’s Degree in Marine Technology in as little as 18 months, days or evenings.

Graduates of the associate’s degree program are skilled marine technicians ready for entry level careers in such areas as marina/boatyard operations, vessel manufacturing, engine repair, support services for commercial vessels, engine room staff aboard commercial vessels, marine electronics installation, and marine wholesale/retail product sales.

After completing some prerequisites, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Service Management Technology or in Business Management Technology.

Program Mission, Goals and Outcome

Program Mission:
The mission of the Marine Technology program (MT) is to train entry-level technicians for employment in the marine field as well-rounded electrical and mechanical diagnostic technicians. Through the use of practical lab exercises and classroom experiences the student will gain knowledge in electrical theory, outboard engine repair, marine gas and diesel inboard repair, transmissions and navigation. Students will be well versed in ABYC standards through the use and reference to the standards manual throughout their program. Through participation in both lab and classroom experiences the successful student will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to be awarded an Associate in Science degree.

Program Goals:
1. The MT program will provide the students with the necessary experiences to become employed in a marine repair and/or manufacturing facility.
2. The MT program will provide the students with an exposure to the ABYC standards employed in the field of marine vessel construction and repair.
3. The MT program will strive to instill in the students a professional work ethic.
4. The MT program will provide the students with the knowledge of workplace hazards and safe working practices to be used when working around the waterfront or in the presence of travel-lifts and other hoisting equipment.

Program Outcomes:
Students successfully completing the Marine Technology program will be able to:
• Perform basic outboard engine diagnosis, tune-up and repair.
• Perform basic diesel engine maintenance and filter changes.
• Perform electrical troubleshooting on starters, charging systems and ignition systems.
• Properly block and support a vessel according to ABYC standards.
• Properly wire pumps, motors and switches, both AC and DC, to ABYC standards.
• Properly remove, service and reinstall a sterndrive unit.
• Properly wire and operate marine electronic devices to ABYC standards.
• Properly remove, service and reinstall a marine transmission.
• Properly align a marine inboard engine.
• Properly shrinkwrap a vessel and demonstrate an understanding of the proper disposal of used shrinkwrap material.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental issues associate with working on or around fresh and salt water according to the EPA.

Courses Offered

Associate in Science Degree

TT 105 Introduction to Transportation Technology
TT 110 Basic Engine Theory
TT 111 Basic Engine Theory Lab
TT 112 Basic Electricity Fundamentals
TT 113 Basic Electricity Fundamentals Lab
MT 121 Advanced Marine Electricity
MT 125 Marine Electronics Installation
MT 127 Marine Gas Engine Maintenance
MT 131 Outboard Engine Maintenance and Troubleshooting I
MT 135 Outboard Engine Maintenance and Troubleshooting II
MT 137 Outboard Engine Overhaul
TT 114 Oxy and Electric Welding and Cutting
MT 212 Fuel Systems Theory and Service
MT 214 Fuel Systems Theory and Service Lab
MT 241 Sterndrive Theory and Service
MT 243 Inboard Drive Theory and Service
MT 247 Diesel Engine Service and Maintenance
MT 249 Marine and RV Systems Service and Maintenance
MT 251 Marine Gas Fuel Injection Applications
MT 253 Marina and Boatyard Management
MT 255 Marine Industry Externship
MT 257 Elements of Marine Surveying
MT 261 Fiberglass Fabrication and Repair
AUB 137 Fundamentals of Paint and Refinishing Equipment
AUB 138 Fundamentals of Paint and Refinishing Equipment Lab
MGT 113 Introduction to Computers (ASM Students)
MGT 127 Accounting I (ASM Students)