Skagit Valley College

Marine Maintenance Technology

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Learn the skills and receive the training you need to launch your career in the recreational boat, ship repair, and maintenance industries. Training with a faculty of industry experts, you'll work and learn in a purpose-built professional facility, preparing you to work as a technician on recreational and commercial vessels in this high demand industry.

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    This program prepares students for marine trades employment in three major areas: marine propulsion, marine vessel systems, and marine composites. Your coursework will include a blend of classroom study, hands-on experience, and certification preparation. The marine trades offers many career pathways graduates can take upon concluding the program. This industry provides many jobs for those who enjoy working in the marine environment, installing and repairing specialty equipment and the challenges of troubleshooting and diagnosing common problems on recreational and commercial vessels.

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  • Outcomes

    Graduates of the Marine Technician program will be able to:

    • Use a digital volt/ohm/amp meter to test AC circuits including shore power cords, supplied voltage, voltage drop, continuity of a wire run, operation of a switch, fuse, bulb or appliance.
    • Install and wire typical vessel DC electrical system components such as batteries, pumps, lights, switches and navigational gear to American Boat and Yacht Council and National Fire Protection Association guidelines and recommended practices.
    • Plan and install charging systems in accordance with ABYC guidelines.
    • Understand problems related to marine galvanic corrosion, and able to complete a galvanic corrosion survey on a vessel and rec­ommend corrective or maintenance items necessary for control.
    • Understand marine electronic navigational systems and able to provide routine maintenance services for marine electronic devices.
    • Understand and apply regional and national laws regarding ma­rine sanitation devices (MSD) and overboard discharge of gray and black water. Make appropriate decisions about tankage issues based on USCG requirements and ABYC standards H-24, H-25, and H-33 as they apply to fuel tanks.
    • Identify various marine pump systems, and understand factors that affect pump ratings for flow, lift, and pressure. Disassemble and repair various types of marine pumps.
    • Understand and apply applicable standards in system design, in­stallation and repair of A-7 liquid and solid fueled boat heating systems; H-32 ventilation of boats using diesel fuel; H-33 diesel fuel systems; A-26 LPG and CNG fueled appliances.
    • Have a working knowledge of ABYC standard A-24 carbon mon­oxide detection systems and standard A-1 marine liquefied petro­leum gas systems.
    • Diagnose and repair common starting problems of marine engines; perform typical tune-up procedures on conventional breaker point ignition systems.
    • Diagnose cooling system problems, and perform mechanical pre­ventative maintenance on the cooling system.
    • Repair damaged inboard drivetrain components by replacing components, including transmissions, motor mounts, propel­ler shafts, shaft couplings, propellers, struts, and shaft bearings.
    • Perform basic tune-up procedures on outboard motors, including compression testing, spark testing and fuel delivery tests.
    • Perform cooling system service including removing and replacing water pump impellers.
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Mike Beemer
Department Chair

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Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology
1606 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA  98221

NW Center of Excellence