This stackable program allows students several possibilities, with options for two certificates and two degree pathways. The Marine Maintenance certificate is for those who are looking for basic maintenance training in order to enter the workforce as soon as possible. The Marine Diagnostic and Repair certificate is for those who seek the career of a marine technician. It includes all of the marine maintenance courses as well as the diagnostic and repair courses.

For those seeking a degree, LRCC offers two options.  The Marine Business degree is for those seeking a technical education accompanied by a business perspective. This pathway is best suited for an individual looking for a management position or possible ownership of a marina. The Marine Technical degree is for those who want the most concentrated marine engine repair training available. These students will earn both certificates, a degree and become factory-certified with Mercury Marine through our Advanced Marine Systems course.

In addition to the mechanical aspects, students learn basic marina operations, safety management, uses of marine products, customer relations, and communications.

Industry reports show an annual growth of 5% in this trade, with a shrinking supply of qualified technicians.  Job opportunities are more abundant than ever!  Job opportunities for marine technicians can be found in coastal and lakeside communities.  Graduates will find employment as inboard drive, or outboard technicians. Many other opportunities in the recreational off-road marketing, such as motorcycle and snowmobile technician, are also available.

Candidates for Marine Technology must:

  • Have command of the English language;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Be able to purchase the minimum required tools;
  • Be able to work in a marine service environment;
  • Be able to work in confined spaces;
  • Be able to complete requirements for college level classes;
  • Be able to understand and follow both written and oral instructions;
  • Have sufficient vision to distinguish colors, read gauges, scopes, diagnostic equipment, and information from a computer screen (adaptive equipment acceptable);
  • Have reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and comprehend service literature;
  • Have communication skills sufficient to prepare required reports;
  • Have sufficient hearing to distinguish various sounds and noises (adaptive equipment acceptable);
  • Have the ability to stand for extended periods of time and the physical strength to lift components and equipment;
  • Have sufficient dexterity to perform manual skills related to marine service

The Marine Maintenance certificate is for those who are looking to enter the workforce as soon as possible. Skill such as tune-ups, oil changes and winterizing procedures will be accompanied by basic electrical systems training.

  • Offered in the fall semester
  • 3 core courses
  • Completed in 4 months
  • Stackable, add the Marine Diagnostics and Repair Certificate in the spring

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