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Marine systems technology: Marine System Technology




The Marine Systems program teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to install, maintain and repair today’s increasingly complex boat systems using established industry standards. The curriculum also serves as an effective preparation for those students seeking American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) marine systems certification. The curriculum prepares graduates to find employment as entry level marine systems technicians for manufacturers, service yards, custom builders and yacht owners. Examples of alternative career paths That our Graduates have taken include auto repair, HVAC technician, systems design, boat crew member, and technical sales.


Students in the Marine Systems program learn to install, maintain and repair marine electrical and mechanical systems through formal lectures, labs, field trips and hands-on work on actual vessels and vessel systems. The curriculum begins with the basics of mechanical fastenings and the use of hand tools. The student’s ability to assemble and disassemble equipment grows as their hand skills develop. Instruction continues with lectures and labs designed to create a comprehensive understanding of gasoline and diesel engines, basic composite construction and repair, electrical theory, wiring, pumps and plumbing. Students learn about bilge and sanitary systems, electrical systems, propulsion systems, sailboat rigging, steering and controls, refrigeration and air-conditioning, and how these systems are integrated. Students gain confidence that they will be able to troubleshoot, service, and install all of the equipment common in a modern yacht. The Marine Systems Program simulates a work environment in a real world boat shop with an emphasis on developing a professional work ethic.

Semester #1

MST 110 Introduction to Marine Systems Shop Methods and Materials

MST 120 Propulsion I     

MST 130 Propulsion II 

MST 140 Physics in the Marine Industry - Electricity and Magnetism (GN)

MST 150 Applied DC and AC Electrical Systems   MST

MST 160 Fundamentals of Composite Construction and Repair

Semester #2

MST 210 Marine Plumbing

MST 220 Marine Special Topics - Electrical

MST 230 Marine Special Topics - Mechanical

MST 240 Project Boat Capstone Planning and Management

MST 250 Project Boat Capstone Lab

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