Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Inboard Drivetrains

 Title Abbreviation:   INBRD DRVTRA/STERN/SAIL

 Department:    MT

 Course #:    161

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Theory and hands-on experience in marine inboard engine drive systems with emphasis on transmissions, running gear, controls, and steering systems. Gain proficiency with maintenance, repair, installation, and troubleshooting techniques, and cultivate an understanding of industry standards and recommended practices.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of marine drivetrain components, operation, and service by passing the final exam with a competency of at least 70%.
  2. Identify and perform maintenance procedures on various marine transmission types according to manufacturer recommendations.
  3. Perform industry standard maintenance and repair procedures on marine drivetrain components, including propeller shaft inspection, shaft seal service, shaft bearing replacement, propeller removal/installation, coupling removal/installation, and engine mount replacement.
  4. Align an engine/transmission assembly with the propeller shaft to within 0.001� per inch of coupling diameter.
  5. Service mechanical and hydraulic steering systems in accordance with manufacturer and industry standards.
  6. Install and adjust cable throttle and shift controls according to manufacturer specifications.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to access and interpret technical information, using service manuals and online sources, for use in drivetrain installation, repair, and service.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Marine drivetrain design, operation, service procedures, and safety.
  2. Marine transmission theory, identification, service, and repair.
  3. Propeller shaft types, removal, inspection, and installation.
  4. Shaft coupling inspection, removal, and installation.
  5. Traditional and modern shaft seal installation, repair, and maintenance.
  6. Shaft bearing removal and installation techniques.
  7. Propeller theory, types, removal, and installation.
  8. Engine and shaft alignment procedures and techniques.
  9. Steering system types, maintenance, and repair.
  10. Control system design, installation, adjustment, and repair.