At our Marine Mechanic School in Warminster, students have the opportunity to enroll in our Marine Service Technology program, where you’ll receive hands-on training and experience. This training and experience comes from working on inboard and outboard engines manufactured by top industry names like Honda, Yamaha, and Mercury Marine.
Why limit yourself to a career on land when you can enroll in the marine program and spend your career on the water? Continue reading to learn more about our course offerings, and what life at Automotive Training Center (ATC) is like when you’re enrolled in our program.
Marine Electrical and Air Conditioning Systems
Learn the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, basic electrical circuits, and ignition protection in this Marine Service Technology course. Students will learn how to properly ground wires and keep them dry. They will also have the opportunity to test and troubleshoot onboard electrical equipment like the sonar and radio.
This course also tackles marine batteries. You’ll learn more about the different types you could encounter and get hands-on experience with them in the shop. Students will explore alternators, starters, charging systems, and other components that connect to the battery. Marine safety equipment will be explored, too.
Additionally, this course teaches students about:
- AC electrical basics
- AC generators
- Circuit protection
- Shore power installations
Students taking this course will learn how to create and read wiring diagrams. These diagrams act as maps that lay out each electrical connection on a boat. They help streamline future service and scheduled maintenance.
Marine Mechanical Systems
In this course, you’ll be taught the basics of marine terminology, as you become familiar with some of the key terms and facts you need to know about watercraft. Basic seamanship and line handling help you understand what other boaters may run into when out on the water.
An understanding of fuel systems will get you prepared to handle basic vessel repair. You will also get experience with strut, shaft, and rudder repair, so you can keep boaters moving in the right direction. Students will work on rigging as well, so they can service sail boats.
The appearance of a water vessel certainly matters, too. That’s why we teach students about:
- Basic fiberglass and cosmetic gelcoat repair
- Custom modifications and refinishing
- Boat trailer maintenance
Exterior boat repair can be intensive, and with the hands-on experience you gain in our Marine Service Technology courses, you’ll have the knowledge needed to tackle every job with confidence. Whether the repair is above or below the waterline, our instructors guide students through how to cut away damage, replace the fiberglass, and apply resin for a strong repair.
Marine Engine Performance
In this course, you will have the chance to work with fully realized inboard, inboard-outboard, and outboard engines. In the classroom you will learn how to identify different engine models and distinguish between their preventative maintenance schedules. In the shop, you will get hands-on experience with repairs and performance optimization.
The engines you will get to work on in this Marine Service Technology course are manufactured by some of the top names in the industry, including:
- Mercury Marine
- Honda Marine
- Yamaha Marine
It’s all about engines in this course. You’ll get to tackle exhaust systems, materials, design considerations, and testing. Drive systems include theory and operation of transmissions, propeller shafts, sterndrives, and propellers.
Once you take a deep dive into the components of marine engines, you’ll have the know-how needed to build, repair, and optimize both diesel and gas motors. You will be able to keep them burning cleanly and efficiently, so boaters can enjoy top-notch performance.
Receive Credit for Future Endeavors
We know that you may be thinking about your future when enrolling in the Marine Service Technology program here at ATC. To that end, marine students seeking to obtain employment with a Mercury/MerCrusier dealership can receive credit for Mercury Marine’s Marine Technician Fundamentals Course (MTF). This is a baseline requirement for becoming a certified Mercury technician.
Students at ATC also have access to Yamaha Marine University, an online training portal that features courses and materials specific to YMU’s “Introduction to Outboard Systems.” Credit for any successfully completed training course can be transferred to a technician’s account if they are employed by a Yamaha dealership.
The review and study of ABYC Standards, along with the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate, is also worked into the Marine Service Technology program, incorporated into the day-to-day in both lab work and classroom time.
We aim to put our students one step ahead of the game. We focus on real-world applications that help set them up for success. No matter where your career path may lead, you will be a more valuable asset to employers with the experience gained in our Marine Service Technology program.
Where Can the Marine Service Technology Program Take You?
Students who complete our Marine Service Technology courses and earn their diplomas are qualified to apply for a number of entry-level positions in the field. Some of them include:
- Marine Service Technician
- Marine Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
- Marine Electrician
- Gelcoat and Fiberglass Technician
- Personal Watercraft Technician
If you choose to take the career path of a marine electrician, you will get to install conduits and thread wires based on wiring diagrams. You will also get to provide power to radios, radar, and other electronic systems.
After years of experience in the field, you may choose to work your way up to the position of a Service and Parts Manager or a Technical Instructor. That will give you the opportunity to lead your own team and pass on your knowledge and expertise.
If you want the reward of working with your hands and thinking on your toes, a career in marine technology might be for you. One day you may be building an engine in the shop and the next you may be out on the water making a repair.
Seek a Career in a High-Demand Industry
The marine field is in need of knowledgeable, high-quality technicians. Our Marine Mechanic School provides the skills and knowledge you will need to build a successful career. Learn all about the latest equipment and technology being used in the industry while preparing for your career–right here at ATC.
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