Marine Technician

350-hour program In partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association MMTA - logo

*Students must meet the following criteria prior to enrollment in the Marine Technician program:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Basic mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to lift 50-70 lbs.
  • Commitment to taking all three courses in the Certificate Program.
  • Commitment to working in the Marine Industry part or full-time.  
  • Must attend a program information session.
  • Program acceptance required prior to registration.

PLEASE NOTE: All three modules must be completed successfully to receive the industry-recognized Marine Technician Certificate.

Since 1998, Massasoit Community College has partnered with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) in training recreational marine technicians. At times, recreational boaters wait five to six weeks for boat service during the height of the season. The aging of the current workforce and associated new technology will create future demand for more highly skilled workers. The Association projects a need for technical personnel, as well as openings in related marine occupations.

Massasoit Community College is offering the three courses required for a 350-hour Marine Technician Certificate. This certificate was developed by the College in conjunction with the MMTA. An industry-recognized Marine Technician Certificate, is jointly issued to those successfully completing all three courses.

Together, Massasoit Community College and Massachusetts Marine Trades Association hope to bring more qualified workers to the many interesting and rewarding future employment opportunities available in the recreational marine industry. 

Marine Technician Fundamentals 
(140 hours)
This is the first of three modules required to earn the Marine Technician 350-hour Certificate, a program approved by and offered in partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA). This course provides an overview of the marine industry and working environment for technicians, marine tools and equipment, and safety training. Introduced are the basic principles of:

  • Internal combustion engines
  • Engine systems
  • Basic electricity
  • Theory of power generation

In addition, fuel, water, steering, electrical, lubrication, ventilation, ignition and instrumentation systems are presented, as well as basic trouble-shooting for each system. Also covered are Spring preparation and repair, Fall lay-up, trailering, yard equipment, and basic boat moving and handling. Instruction includes both lecture and hands-on training.

CRN: 15464 / Course: CSTT205 F3
Dates: September 6 - December 20, 2017
Days: Wednesdays & Thursdays 
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
(Additional 5 Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Location: TBD
Cost: $969

Marine Technician Outboard Engines 

(96 hours)
This is the second of three modules required to earn the Marine Technician 350-hour Certificate. Participants learn the various parts and processes involved in installation, repair, and maintenance of outboard engines. Included is instruction on fuel, electrical, lubrication, and cooling systems of two and four stroke outboards, both carbureted and injected engines. Also covered are lower units and propulsion, power tilt/trim, tune-up, trouble-shooting, winterization and preventative maintenance of outboards. Marine Technician Fundamentals is a prerequisite for this course. 

Coming spring 2018!

Marine Technician Inboard Engines 

(114 hours)
This is the third of three modules required to earn the Marine Technician 350-hour Certificate. Participants learn theory, design, operation, controls, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting skills for marine inboard, inboard/outboard, stern drive, and diesel engines. The design differences among the engines, as well as their various cooling, lubrication, exhaust, gearing, propulsion, transmission, and hydraulic systems are presented. Instruction includes both lecture and hands-on training. Marine Technician Fundamentals and Marine Technician Outboard Engines are prerequisites for this course. 

Coming spring 2018!

For information session schedule, call 508-588-9100 x1310

Withdrawal, Refund & Cancellation Information

You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

For more information contact Kelley Tilden at 508-588-9100 x1310 or at

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