This program prepares students for marine trades employment in three major areas: marine propulsion, marine vessel systems, and marine composites. The propulsion curriculum covers repair and maintenance for marine gasoline, diesel, and outboard engines. Propulsion also includes marine reduction gears, alignment, shafts, rudders, and controls for these applications. The systems curriculum covers equipment found aboard modern cruising and commercial vessels like electronics, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, and power generation. The marine composites curriculum prepares students by teaching the theory and practical application of a wide variety of composite materials and resins, starting with the foundation in core processes and techniques, moving to advanced composites knowledge and skills. Students will study and learn wet layup, and closed-molding, tool fabrication, light resin transfer molding (RTM); developing hands-on practical skills in addition to learning the theory behind the processes.
Skagit Valley College is a member of the Marine League of Schools, and is the only program in Washington State where students can learn and sit for the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certification exams. In addition, the Marine Maintenance Technology program is affiliated with the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the American Composites Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA). In addition to the core program, students may sit for the following certification exams onsite: