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Marine Maintenance Technology

At Skagit Valley College, you'll learn the skills and receive the training you need to launch your career in boat and shipbuilding and repair-refit industries. Training with a faculty of industry experts, you'll work in a state-of-the art professional facility, independently and in teams. As part of your training you can earn professional credentials in addition to the one year Marine Technician Certificate and the Associate of Technical Arts degree in Marine Technology through our one and two year program options. Your training takes place at our purpose built facility in Anacortes, located in the heart of boat and shipbuilding in Washington State.

Skagit Valley College prepares you for positions in the industry such as:

  • Marine Electronics Installer
  • Marine Electrician
  • Composite Technician
  • Marine Propulsion Technician – Gasoline and Diesel
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Marine Systems Technician
  • Marine Corrosion Technician
  • HVAC Technician

The marine industry requires problem solvers and critical thinkers – people who know both how and why boat and ships work the way they do.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Marine Technician program will

  • 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 marine computer selection and able to implement computer security measures.
  • 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.

Why Skagit Valley College?

At Skagit Valley College, students are immersed in an environment where creativity, teamwork and a first rate faculty produce professionals who can work at the highest levels of the boat and shipbuilding industries. As you weigh your career options, consider these points:

  • Comprehensive coursework – Skagit Valley College is a charter member of the Marine League of Schools, a national of consortium of marine technology education providers dedicated to rigorous, standards based curriculum and coursework. As a student, you may work toward several nationally and internationally recognized certificates with American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and American Composites Manufacturer's Association (ACMA). You may also select a one-year Marine Technician track or two year degree program, culminating in an Associates of Technical Arts degree.
  • Outstanding instructors. Our instructors have either been in industry or are currently in the industry – they bring a breadth of experience in both the theory and practice of what they teach. This experience comes alive in the classroom, lab, production floor and yard.
  • Anacortes campus. Located in the heart of the industry in the Pacific Northwest, students have access to boat and shipbuilders, marinas, yards, and specialty companies. The boat and shipbuilding heritage of the region and state is rich and diverse, offering an array of employment options and experiences.

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