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A Day in the Life of a Marine Technician: Duties, Salary & More

For those who have a passion for the water, a job as a marine technician is something that could be right up their alley.

Before pursuing any new career path, it helps to know what a typical day is like, including information about salary and what steps to take to become qualified to apply. Keep reading our guide to get your questions answered!

What Is a Marine Technician?

Marine technicians, also known as marine mechanics, are trained to maintain and repair boats of all shapes and sizes.

Marine technicians help keep important systems in boats operational and are able to figure out how to solve various problems. They play a crucial role in keeping everything from small boats to large ships afloat.

Marine Technician Job Description

The daily duties of a marine technician can vary, but common responsibilities often include:

  • Repairing faulty hydraulic and steering systems
  • Making oil and other fluid changes
  • Performing preventative maintenance on vessels
  • Driving and docking different vessels
  • Performing plumbing and intake repairs
  • Testing various boat equipment
  • Repairing functions, including engine and electrical work
  • Maintaining knowledge of current marine diagnostic technology
  • Following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocols
  • Documenting and communicating repairs to customers

Time management is essential when working as a marine mechanic, since there are a range of daily tasks that could be assigned to them. The work is fast-paced and detail-oriented.

Marine technicians may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Yacht centers
  • Independent repair shops
  • Marinas
  • Boatyards
  • Dealerships
  • Outdoor department stores

It’s important that marine technicians be able to communicate effectively, not only with other team members but with the customers who own the vessels. Having a good work ethic and positive attitude can help marine technicians go a long way in the role!

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How to Become a Marine Technician

It’s important when pursuing a career as a marine technician to gain hands-on experience and training. Technology is always advancing, and employers are looking for qualified professionals to fill roles.

The Marine Technician Training program offered at Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) is designed to train students for entry-level careers in the industry.1 It was developed to teach the foundations of marine product service, repair and troubleshooting.

The program also features five manufacturer-specific courses that help students become familiar with the leading industry brands. These include:

Getting OEM training working with these brands after completing the core curriculum is a great way to gain valuable experience.

Marine Technician Salary & Job Outlook

Knowing the average marine technician salary and the outlook for jobs in the industry can be helpful to ensure that the career path is right for you and your goals for the future!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for motorboat mechanics and service technicians in the United States 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.

Technology is always advancing, which requires marine technicians to be up to date on the latest trends in the industry. There are many different vessels on the water that will need repairs and maintenance.

And when you’re ready to advance in the field and pursue different opportunities, having the right education behind you can help. The Marine Technology program at UTI could help you reach your career goals. There are a lot of possibilities for those who work hard and have passion!

Start Your Marine Repair Training at MMI

The Marine Technician Specialist program is offered at our MMI campus in Orlando, Florida. Classes begin every six weeks, and you can graduate in less than a year with the experience you need to apply for entry-level positions in the industry.

Explore the program page further to get more of your questions answered. We’re happy to help!

Want to Learn More About the Marine Technician Training Program?

Ready to take the next steps toward an education in marine technology? Click the link below for more information, or connect with an Admissions Representative by calling (800) 834-7308.