The daily life of a marine mechanic can be challenging, exciting, and most of all, rewarding. If you’ve long had a passion for boats and have dreamt of a career spent on the water, the life of a marine mechanic may be intriguing to you.
Our Automotive Training Center staff has put together this guide, taking an in-depth look at everything you’ve always wanted to know about the lifestyle of a marine mechanic.
Lifestyle of a Marine Mechanic
Each day, marine mechanics will have the opportunity to work on inboard engines, which may power sport fishing boats, motorboats, sailboats, and yachts. As you’ll be working on a range of boats of all shapes and sizes, you’ll need to be fully prepared for what each workday will bring.
Knowing about marine technology and the engine is critical, but you’ll also need to understand the support systems and sub-systems, including air conditioning, heating, electrical, and plumbing. Routine maintenance is a common task, and preparing boats to head out on the water in the spring and summer will take up a good chunk of your time.
Maintenance also includes winterizing. This process prepares a boat to survive through the cold winter months, until spring has sprung and it’s time to bring it back to life.
Love the Outdoors? This Is the Career for You
If you’ve found yourself over the years working on your car, or perhaps a boat of your own, you may have that craving to become a marine technician. Those who often work with their hands are well-prepared to become knowledgeable technicians.
Love the outdoors and everything that comes with it? It’s essentially a job requirement when it comes to the career of a marine mechanic, as you’ll be spending plenty of time on the water and at marinas, working most of your hours outdoors.
Technicians should also be strong communicators. You’ll need to have that requisite mechanical knowledge to perform your job each day. However, you’ll want to be able to explain complex mechanical concepts in laymen’s terms, and pay close attention to the needs of clients and customers.
Explore Our Program
Our marine service technology program is offered exclusively at our Warminster campus. We’ve become a test site and training location for well-known industry names such as Mercury Marine and Yamaha Outboard.
Our marine-dedicated shops have eight large water tanks, where you’ll be able to get a feel for inboard, sterndrive, and outboard engines. While plenty of time will be spent in the classroom, this is always meant to be a truly hands-on experience, and you’ll spend a lot of time working on engines to gain valuable experience for a career as a marine technician.
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Get to know our staff and curriculum a little better with a campus tour. Schedule yours today, and you’ll have the opportunity to walk the campus with our staff and ask questions. Get in touch with Automotive Training Center today to learn how you can become a marine mechanic.