Marine Repair Technician

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Marine Repair Technician

Unique in the State

Technical Diploma

42 Credits | 1.5 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible


Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

The Marine Repair Technician program is a three-semester program to prepare you for a career in the marine service and repair business. Begin your training at a time that meets your needs. This program accepts new students in either the fall or spring. You can graduate with the tools and knowledge to begin your career repairing marine engines and boat systems for the recreational boating industry.  

Program Overview

Students will be prepared for a career in the marina and marine service and repair business. This three-semester program includes instruction in marine engine service, service in marine propulsion systems, operation, diagnosis, repair, equipment installation, maintenance, and rigging new boats. Students will work on two-and four-cycle gasoline engines, drive systems, transmissions, electrical systems, and consumer-supplied products.

Program Outcomes

Marine Repair Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Service marine engines
  • Service marine propulsion systems
  • Service diesel engines
  • Demonstrate welding and metalworking skills
  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices
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This is the only program devoted solely to watercraft in Wisconsin. Because it is a three-semester program, you will quickly learn what you need to know to start your career. Start in either the spring or fall at your convenience. 

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Hands-on program.

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Unique in the state of Wisconsin.

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Three-semester program. 


Marine Repair Technician is available at the Ashland campus and is offered face-to-face.   

Industry Connected

Members of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and Wisconsin Marine Association (WMA) and Association of Marine Technicians (AMTECH).

Train on Current Engines

In the advanced semesters, you will have hands-on training with engines equipped with EFI, DFI, CanBus and computerized diagnostic systems.  

6,000 Square Foot Lab

The Marine Repair program has a large lab with state-of-the-art equipment.  

Required Courses

The program is three semesters long. Following an introductory semester, you will progress to more in depth and complex marine engine and boat system topics.  

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Featured Marine Repair Technician Courses

| 5 CR
This course provides an introduction to the marine industry. Students will learn how to work safely in a shop environment and use service tools and information. Students will learn the theory of how two-and four-stroke outboard motors operate. This course will teach students how to repair, maintain, and rebuild two-stroke and four-stroke outboard motors. Also, students will learn about fuel, ignition, manual and electric starting systems, and charging systems. Small gearcase operation and repair are also covered.
| 2 CR
Inboard straight shaft transmissions are covered in this course. Velvet Drive transmissions will be the main training project. Hurth and Paragon transmissions will be covered to a lesser degree. Related components such as engine alignment, shafts, couplers, stuffing boxes, struts, strut bearing replacement, etc., will be examined also. PREREQUISITE: 31461314 Outboard Motors.
| 1 CR
This course provides a basic working knowledge of marine diesel engines and their systems. Marine diesel theory, fuel and air delivery, and lubrication and cooling systems will be covered. Bleeding of fuel systems, adjustment of valve trains and injector pumps, and other maintenance issues will also be studied. COREQUISITE: 31461314 Outboard Motors

Marine Repair Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Marine Repair Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

This certificate is embedded in the Marine Repair Technician program.

Marine Repair Essentials

Pathway Certificate
14 Credits / 1 Semester Full Time
Potential Careers
Outboard Motor Technician, Marine Service Technician, Marine Mechanic, Small Engine Technician, Dock Attendant/Dock Hand, Marine Fuel Dock Attendant
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Technical Diploma
42 Credits / 3 Semesters Full Time
Potential Careers
Inboard Engine Technician, Outboard Motor Technician, Boat Rigging Technician, Electronic Equipment Installation Technician, Marine Sales Representative, Marine Service Technician, Marine Service Supervisor
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Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Marine Repair Technician 

42 Credits | 1.5 Years


$4,350 for tools, supplies and uniforms

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Marine Repair Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Marine Repair Essentials certificate and a Marine Repair Technician technical diploma. 

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