Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) about the Marine Trades Program

Q. What is the difference between the 45-hour and 350-hour Marine Technician courses?
A. The difference is the 45-hour is an overivew of all aspects relating to a career in Recreational Marine Trades while the 350-hour is an indepth program designed for people interested in becoming a marine techinican.

Q. Can I take the 350-hour Marine Technician courses out of sequence?
A. Unfortunately, even individuals with experience in the marine trades need to take the fundamentals course first. It contains the theories that form the basis of all training. Everyone must take all three courses in order to receive the 350-hour Marine Technician Certificate.

Q. Is financial aid available for the Marine courses?
A. The Marine Trade courses are non-credit offerings and traditional financial aid is not available. However, the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) offers a few scholarships for eligible candidates. (Link to MMTA scholarship page: (http://www.boatma.com/pdf2/grant_scholarship_application_forms_oct_2006.pdf)

Q. What are Marine employers looking for?
A. Beyond some basic mechanical ability, marine employers continue to stress the importance of a strong work ethic. Employees are expected to arrive on time, stay busy all day, show initiative and continue to learn on the job. In addition during peak season, employees may be
expected to work overtime on a regular basis.

Q. I am currently working as a marine technician. What additional training is offered at Massasoit?
A. Advanced recreational marine trades courses such as Recreational Marine Diesel Engines and Recreational Marine Electrical Systems are periodically offered. Additional advanced courses may be developed and offered in the future.

Q. How can I get experience working in the Marine Trades?
A. Aspiring marine technicians can gain experience through paid or unpaid voluntary experience. This is a hands-on opportunity to gain insight into the role of marine technicians while learning. Contact your local marina for more infomormation.