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Ever thought about becoming a marine mechanic? The marine industry is full of exciting opportunities for those who have a passion for boats and dream of a life on the water. Skilled technicians are in
demand, and now is a great time to start training for a career you love.
If you’re considering a career as a marine technician, you’ve come to the right place. Here are answers to 5 commonly asked questions about the industry:
Becoming a marine mechanic requires a specific training process. If you’ve always dreamed about a life on the water, you will most likely need to advance your education to get there.
After receiving your high school diploma or GED, consider enrolling in a specialized program such as Marine Mechanics Institute’s (MMI) 51-week Marine Technician Specialist training program.
Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, MMI students learn everything from basic engine theory to more technical aspects of marine product service, troubleshooting and repair.
In addition to the core curriculum, MMI’s program includes 3-week, manufacturer-specific courses designed to provide you with technical and hands-on training specific to leading brands. You will learn the design and operation unique to five manufacturers,
As a student, you’ll graduate with a diploma and the opportunity to earn additional certifications. MMI grads have the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience that today’s manufacturers need!1
Boats cruise the waterways of the United States every day. Just like cars on the road require service, boats need service and repair, too. This requires the help of a marine mechanic — a professional trained to work on watercraft of all shapes and
Marine mechanics are experts in the maintenance and repair of the important systems that keep boats running.
Whether it’s a stuck fuel rack or an overheating problem, marine mechanics have the ability to figure out what the problem is, how to solve it and execute the repair. From old fishing boats to shiny new yachts, it’s the job of a marine mechanic
to keep boats afloat.
Some day-to-day responsibilities of a marine mechanic include:
At Marine Mechanics Institute, you can prepare to become a marine technician in less than a year. MMI’s 51-week program emphasizes the real-world skills needed by marine dealerships
and independent repair shops nationwide, so you can graduate quickly with the skills you need for a career doing what you love.
Through a combination of classroom instruction, demonstrations and hands-on work in the lab, you’ll have the opportunity to work with leading marine brands and current technology.
Along with the core marine training, students gain specialized training on Honda Marine, Mercury Marine and Suzuki Marine, and complete online training credentials from Volvo Penta and Yamaha Marine. In addition, MMI is the only school that offers the
opportunity to earn Provisional Mercury Outboard Certification while you train.
Each manufacturer-specific course is designed to provide the knowledge and experience required to work in marinas, boatyards, marine dealers or wherever your life on the water may take you.
Marine diesel mechanics have a wide variety of career paths to choose from. Whether you want to spend your days working on the dock or repairing vessels, your knowledge and skills can be applied in many different
In MMI’s Marine Technician program, you’ll receive 9 weeks of diesel specific training, which includes Diesel 1 & 2 classes as well as Volvo Penta training. Some of the most common industries marine diesel mechanics go into include:
In addition to being able to work in different types of environments, marine mechanics can take on a variety of different roles in the workplace, depending on their skill set.
For example, mechanics with leadership skills may excel as a team lead or supervisor, and those with an entrepreneurial spirit may even open their own sales and service yards. Other roles for marine technicians may include:
Salary is an important factor to consider when choosing a profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for motorboat mechanics and service technicians
was $43,320 in May 2020.31 This means half of marine technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
When it comes to advancing in the field, employers look for those with passion, drive and hands-on experience. Having specialized training such as an education at MMI can help give you a competitive advantage and open the door to exciting new opportunities.
As the complexity of boat design increases, so will the need for technicians trained on the latest tools and technology. If you’re debating when you should start your training, there’s no better time than now!
Want to learn more about training for a career at Marine Mechanics Institute? Check out our Marine Technician Specialist training program page and request more information today. Our team is here to help!
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the Marine Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
1) MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
31) Estimated annual median salary for Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. MMI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. Entry-level salaries may be lower. MMI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as marine technicians. Some MMI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a technician, such as equipment maintenance, inspector and parts associate. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians (49-3051) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $30,740 to $41,331 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2019 data, viewed June 2, 2021, https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). North Carolina salary information: The U.S. Department of Labor estimate of hourly earnings of the middle 50% for skilled marine technician in North Carolina, published May 2021, is $18.61. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $15.18 and $12.87, respectively. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians, viewed June 2, 2021.)
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