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