Shop Safety and Tool Use

Students learn safety standards and safe operating procedures for stationary and portable hand and power tools as well as appropriate Federal and State standards, personal protective equipment, machine tool safety, hazardous waste and fire prevention procedures.

Electrical Fundamentals and Basic Installation

This course instructs fundamental principles for circuit and electrical equipment design including use of electrical meters and test equipment to troubleshoot common electrical circuit problems and component fault identification.

Advanced Electrical Installation and Troubleshooting

An extension of Electrical Fundamentals and Basic Installation, this course covers circuit layout and design, equipment installations in accordance with the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and more advanced topics covered in the applicable American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Electrical Standards.

Electrical Practicum

This course is designed to advance installation skills, knowledge and techniques for onboard AC and DC circuitry systems through project exercises.

Piping and Plumbing / Potable Water Systems

This course teaches the installation techniques of various onboard plumbing systems, including standard maintenance, winterizing and re-commissioning, seacocks, thru-hull installation and connections, hose and fitting types, drain plugs and potable water systems.

On Board Tankage (Fuel, Potable Water, Waste)

This course covers the standards and industry practices that apply to tankage systems, design and installation requirements.

Marine Sanitation Devices (MSD)

MSD covers the Federal and local regulations for waste water systems and specific characteristics of the three general types of sanitation systems. Course work includes commissioning and decommissioning, maintenance, troubleshooting, diagnostics and repair.

Marine Pumps

Primary pump types are studied. Categories including include impeller, centrifugal, displacement and diaphragm. Course work includes determining the most appropriate pump type for a given application, pump performance and effective service life, design and installation of various pump systems and manufacturer specific recommendations.

Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas Systems (CNG)

This course covers the installation and service of on-board gas systems used for cooking, water heating and cabin heat as well as fuel storage, system design and appliance selection.

Fire Protection Systems: United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements for onboard fire extinguishing equipment for recreational boats are examined. Course work covers portable, fixed, manually actuated, and automatic systems, fire classifications, differences in extinguishing agents, manufacturer specific recommendations, and system capacity calculations and design.

Fuel Systems – Gas & Diesel

Students learn the design, installation and maintenance procedures for fuel systems as dictated by both the CFR and ABYC Standards. The course outlines the requirements for tank design, location and installation as well as proper plumbing for fuel fill and vent systems.

Steering Systems

This course covers a variety of steering system types for both power and sailing craft. Course work covers selection, installation, and service of marine steering systems, both mechanical and hydraulic. Since many of the systems are proprietary in design, lessons will follow specific recommendations from vendors such as Edson, Teleflex and Vetus.

Diesel Engines 1

In this course, students master the fundamental principles and operational needs of marine diesel engines. Course work includes the primary needs of a diesel engine; routine maintenance tasks such as commissioning and decommissioning; fuel and lubrication system service, cooling system maintenance and service, and troubleshooting and preliminary diagnostics.

Diesel Engines 2

Mechanical and electronic diesel engine fuel injection systems and engine drive systems are studied in depth. Course topics include service and diagnostics of fuel injection systems; problems associated with diesel engine performance; theory of operation and design features of engine drive gears, maintenance and service of mechanical and hydraulic inboard engine drive gears, and problem diagnostics for marine gear units. Lab work will cover assembly and disassembly procedures on marine gear assemblies.

Gasoline Engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Gasoline inboard and inboard /outboard engines are studied in theory and practice. Course topics include maintenance and repair procedures, commissioning and decommissioning, basic engine needs such as fuel, air, compression and exhaust for both carbureted and fuel-injected engines, routine tuning procedures and use of electronic scanning equipment and proprietary laptop-based software programs to perform diagnostic procedures on new engine Electronic Fuel Injection systems.

Inboard/Outboard and Saildrive Maintenance & Repair

This course covers removal and installation techniques, routine maintenance, disassembly and overhaul of inboard/outboard and saildrive gear assemblies from Yanmar, Mercury and Volvo Penta.

Mechanical Practicum

This course is designed to advance installation skills, knowledge and techniques for onboard mechanical drive diesel and gasoline power systems through project exercises.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems

This course covers the basic physics of refrigeration systems, principles of operation, cooling components, essential selection, sizing and systems maintenance methods and procedures, and environmental considerations. Lab work includes system problem diagnosis, refrigerant recovery, system evacuation and recharge procedures and leak detection.

Project Management

This area of study teaches the basic principles and skills of estimation, costing, budgeting and contracting for electrical systems and power systems installations.

Marine Electronics Installation and Troubleshooting

Types and categories of equipment used in onboard electronic systems are studied, including communications and navigation equipment, autopilot, and networked monitoring systems. Course work includes installation, ergonomics, weatherproofing, grounding and antenna mountings, FCC requirements, and NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) installation standards.

Electronics Practicum

This course is designed to advance installation skills, knowledge and techniques for onboard marine electronic systems through project exercises and hands-on use.

Industry Externship

Externships are working engagements in actual industry settings. They are intended to advance the skills and proficiencies taught in the program and to promote self-motivation and confidence in an economically driven real-world environment.