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Marine Technology Associate Degree Program

Marine Technology Associate Degree

Program Overview

In the associate degree program in Marine Technology, you will develop hands-on skills in the installation, service, and repair of mechanical, electrical, electronic, and hydraulic systems used by both recreational and commercial boats and ships. Prepare for entry-level positions in boatyard operations, boat and shop manufacturing, engine repair, marine electronics installation, and more.


Career Possibilities

  • Marine Mechanic
  • Outboard Engine Technician
  • Marine Systems Installer

Associate in Science Degree

The Marine Technology program offers an associate degree in Marine Technology. Theory and practical training in boat and ship mechanics, marine focused business concepts, marine electrical, and marine systems installation, repair and service are the thrust of the program. Hands-on practical skills in installation, service, and repairs to mechanical, electrical, electronic, and hydraulic systems utilized by both recreational and commercial boats and shops are stressed throughout the curriculum to reinforce the in-depth theory classes. In addition, marine business procedures are taught using computerized learning methods with marine-specific software.

The Advanced Marine Technology degree program offers an additional term of study in some of the more advanced electronics and computer controls common in the industry today.

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

Graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management to further their credentials.

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.

Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

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:

  1. Perform basic marine engine Installation, diagnostics, tune ups, and repairs using the appropriate industry required service literature.
  2. Properly perform electrical installations, and troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair electrical devices according to ABYC standards and Industry related service literature.
  3. Properly remove service, reinstall, align, and adjust marine drive systems and controls.
  4. Properly create repair estimates, repair orders, and marina service records required for the successful operation of a marine business.
  5. Demonstrate and understand environmental laws, Clean Marina protocols and EPA requirements associated with working in the marine industry for both fresh and salt water areas.

Associate in Science Degree

  • MT 105 Introduction to Marine Technology
  • MT 114 Marine Welding and Cutting
  • MT 116 Introduction to Engine Theory
  • MT 117 Introduction to Engine Lab
  • MT 118 Introduction to  Electricity Fundamentals
  • MT 119 Introduction to Electricity Fundamentals Lab
  • MT 120 Advanced Marine Electricity and Electronics Installation
  • MT 127 Marine Engine Applications
  • MT 138 Outboard Engine Overhaul and Systems Diagnosis
  • MT 215 Fuel Systems Theory and Introduction to EFI Applications
  • MT 216 Marine Drive Systems Theory and Service
  • MT 217 Diesel Engine Service and Maintenance
  • MT 218 Marine Systems
  • MT 258 Elements of Marine Surveying
  • MT 260 OSHA Maritime Industry Safety (Ship Yard)
  • MT 261 Fiberglass Fabrication and Repair
  • MT 263 Forklift Safety & Operations
  • BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 200 Workplace Communications
  • MA 110 Introduction to College Math
  • MA 200 Applied Math for Business
  • PHY 126 Applied Physics & Lab
  • Choose one: MT 255 Marine Industry Externship or MT 262 Advanced Composites and Fabrication
  • Choose one: MT 254 Marina and Boatyard Management or IT 111 Introduction to Information Technology or MGM 130 Accounting Fundamentals

Advanced Marine Technology (Additional Quarter)

  • MT 272 Advanced Marine Diesel Service and Maintenance
  • MT 275 Advanced Marine Propulsion Systems
  • MT 277 Advanced Marine Gasoline and EFI Emissions