Marine Maintenance Technology

Power up your career in the marine trades

Marine Maintenance Technology

Power up your career in the marine trades

Marine Maintenance Technology

Power up your career in the marine trades

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.

Program Options

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.

Degree Paths

Marine Maintenance Technology - Marine Technician Emphasis, AAS
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Certificate Options

Marine Technician Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
MT 102 - Marine Applied Mathematics

MT 102 - Marine Applied Mathematics

(5)
Practical course in mathematics involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, and basic geometric constructions. Introduction to applied algebra and basic trigonometric functions. Includes practical blueprint reading. None.

MT 105 - Safety, Tools, and Fastenings

MT 105 - Safety, Tools, and Fastenings

(6)
Shop safety including use of tools, fastening, and maintenance practices. None

MT 106 - Rigging

MT 106 - Rigging

(4)
Includes types of rigs, conversion or modifications of rigging. Proper tuning of rigging as well as selection of materials and approved installation methods for standing and running rigging. Includes how to rig, lift, and secure marine equipment for installation and removal. None

MT 119 - OSHA 10 Training and Forklift Certification

MT 119 - OSHA 10 Training and Forklift Certification

(2)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training program for maritime industry training workers regarding their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards. Included is the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries forklift certification program. Forklift training is required for all operators of a forklift which is commonly used in the marine industry. None

MT 132 - Marine Electrical Systems I

MT 132 - Marine Electrical Systems I

(5)
Basic AC and DC electrical systems as found on recreational and small commercial vessels. Installation and troubleshooting of engine operation systems for charging and starting, DC house systems for lights, pumps, and multi-state voltage regulation. Includes proper multi-meter use and electrical safety. None

MT 133 - Marine Electrical Systems II

MT 133 - Marine Electrical Systems II

(5)
Marine AC electrical systems, sizing of battery banks, inverter systems, wind and solar charging systems, gen-sets and galvanic corrosion. Preparation for ABYC Marine Electrical Technician Certification. Prerequisite: MT 132 or instructor permission.

MT 134 - Marine Electrical Systems III

MT 134 - Marine Electrical Systems III

(5)
Advanced electrical systems including marine corrosion, advanced battery technologies, hybrid boat power systems, distributed power systems, and modern electrical control systems. Preparation for ABYC corrosion certificate. Prerequisite: MT 133 or instructor permission.

MT 136 - Marine Sanitation Systems, Plumbing and Pumps

MT 136 - Marine Sanitation Systems, Plumbing and Pumps

(5)
Covers marine specialized toilets, holding tanks, treatment systems, pumps, and discharge systems. Includes installation of marine pumps in new or retrofit vessels, tank sizing, plumbing, and applicable USCG and ABYC standards. None

MT 160 - Marine Engine Systems

MT 160 - Marine Engine Systems

(7)
Operation, service, troubleshooting and general maintenance of inboard gas and diesel engines in recreational and small commercial vessels. Tune-up procedures for gas ignition systems. Routine service and maintenance of these systems. Includes starting, charging, fuel, cooling, lubrication and winterization of engines. None

MT 161 - Inboard Drivetrain/Sterndrives and Saildrives

MT 161 - Inboard Drivetrain/Sterndrives and Saildrives

(5)
Theory and hands-on experience in marine inboard engine drive systems with emphasis on shafts, couplings, alignment, stuffing boxes, underwater running gear, rudders, engine throttle and shift controls, repairs and alignments, steering systems, and remote control systems for engine and transmission. Covers operation and maintenance of sterndrives and saildrive types of marine drivetrains emphasizing preventative maintenance and service procedures. Prerequisite: MT 160 or instructor permission.

MT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

MT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

(1-4)
Supervised work experience in the field. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

MT 204 - Advanced Marine Systems

MT 204 - Advanced Marine Systems

(5)
Advanced marine systems as found on recreational and small commercial vessels. Installation, design, and troubleshooting of modern marine systems such as water makers, fire suppression, propane, refrigeration, active stabilization, and advanced monitoring. Preparation for the ABYC Marine Systems certification exam. Prerequisite: MT132

MT 216 - Marine Outdrives

MT 216 - Marine Outdrives

(3)
Study of sterndrive propulsion systems. Includes common service procedures, model identification, vertical drive rebuilding procedures, trim/tilt functions, shift adjustments, utilizing service manuals and parts information for problem solving. None

MT 230 - Marine Electronics

MT 230 - Marine Electronics

(3)
Includes National Marine Manufactures Association guidelines and familiarization with actual equipment operation of electronic devices for navigation and communication with installation interfacing and operation. Preparation for NMEA Basic Marine Installer certification. None

MT 231 - Marine Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

MT 231 - Marine Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

(5)
Includes selection, installation and service of marine hot air and hydronic heating systems. Covers operation, selection, installation and testing of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Covers fuel gas systems complying with standards from ABYC, NFPA, and Natural Gas Association adjustment of these systems. Prerequisite: MT 132 or instructor permission.

MT 236 - Marine Electronics II

MT 236 - Marine Electronics II

(3)
Covers National Marine Manufacturers Association guidelines. Includes familiarization with equipment operation of electronic devices for navigation and communication with installation interfacing and operation. Preparation for NMEA 2000 certification. Prerequisite: MT 230 or instructor permission.

MT 240 - Outboard Motor Operation and Service

MT 240 - Outboard Motor Operation and Service

(3)
Introduction to outboard motors as the world’s most common marine propulsion system. Operation and maintenance of outboard motors, specifically portable units under 20 horsepower. Covers ignition, fuel, cooling, lower units, tune-up procedures, winterizations. None

MT 252 - Independent Study

MT 252 - Independent Study

(2)
Special project as approved by instructor and department chair. None

MT 270 - Marine Hydraulic Systems

MT 270 - Marine Hydraulic Systems

(5)
Installation, design, and troubleshooting of hydraulic systems found on recreational and commercial vessels. These systems are used for stabilization, davits, lifting cranes, steering, and accessory drive equipment. Prerequisite: MT 132.

Courses List

 

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.
Program Costs

Program cost information available for Certificate Options only

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