350 Hour Program

marina.jpgMarine Technician Fundamentals (140 Hours)
This course is the first of three modules required to earn the 350-hour Marine Technician Certificate. Beginning with a brief overview of the marine industry and working environment for technicians, marine tools and equipment, and safety training, the course will introduce the basic principles of internal combustion engines, engine systems, basic electricity, plus the theory of power generation.
Cost - $837 / Course #: CSTT205 / Canton Campus

outboards.jpgMarine Technician Outboard Engines (96 Hours)This course is the second of three modules required to earn the 350-hour Marine Technician 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.
Cost - $707 / Course #: CSTT206 / Canton Campus


inboard.jpgMarine Technician Inboard Engines (114 Hours)
This course is the third of three modules required to earn the 350-hour Marine Technician Certificate. Participants learn theory, design, operation, controls, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting skills for marine inboard, inboard/outboard, stern drive, and diesel engines.
Cost - $717 / Course #: CSTT207 / Canton Campus

Criteria for Enrollment in the 350-hour Marine Technician Certificate

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • A basic aptitude for working with tools and 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 upon completion of the program. (Since we are in partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, we are helping them fill an industry demand for workers. Therefore, we are not looking for individuals who simply would like to know how to repair their own engines, or who are taking the course for personal instead of career reasons.)

Screened on the above and OK'd by Rose Paquette 508-588-9100 x1307 or rpaquette@massasoit.mass.edu.

Industry Career & Wage Information Regarding 350-hour Marine Technican Certificate Program

Most individuals who choose marine technician careers, do so because they prefer working with their hands, love the boating environment, and love the water. Those considering these careers should meet the criteria (click here) and be willing to work hard, showing employers true commitment to their chosen career field.

Students who graduate from Massasoit’s Marine Technician Program usually go to work for marinas as junior technicians who still need more on-the-job supervision and training. If upon graduation, a student has only the Massasoit/MMTA Certificate, entry level technician wages start at an average of $12-13/hour. If a student also carries additional mechanical experience and/or supporting certifications such as a CDL license or ASE certification, the entry-level wage averages $14-16/hour.

Once a technician is hired by a marine business and shows a good aptitude for the work, he/she becomes eligible for manufacturer training. The employer can send employees to further training to gain certification on specific engines, such as Volvo/Penta, Yamaha, etc. Once employees start gaining these certifications, their wages increase. In addition to the basic wage, during peak marine season, most employees are expected to work some over-time hours, thus adding to their wages.