Marine Mechanics Work on Large Vessels

Marine Mechanic Training Allows Individuals to Turn Their Passion into a Career…

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Do you love boats? How about sailing, or just being around the water in general? Are you tired of meetings and cubicles & in need of a change of pace? Are you just looking to fix your own boat rather than pay someone else to? Do you want to work for Hinckley, Beneteau, a luxury superyacht or a large merchant vessel?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, marine mechanic training may be for you.

Marine Mechanic Training (What to Expect)

IYRS Student Andrew Yberg is a Marine MechanicMarine mechanic training is specialized hands-on training for individuals who prefer to be active at work and seek to work with boats and yachts, on or around water. Many marine mechanics work on repair and service gasoline and diesel engines, as well as troubleshoot, repair and maintain:

  • Steering & Propulsion Systems
  • Engines & Motors
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Fuel Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Troubleshooting Mechanical Failures and Issue Diagnostic & Repair

Marine Mechanic Jobs

Marine Mechanic Engine TrainingThe job market for marine mechanics goes well beyond recreational boating, though that certainly presents opportunity. Opportunities may exist in the following:

  • Marinas
  • Boatyards / Shipyards
  • Boat, Yacht & Ship Manufacturers
  • Third Party Boating Parts or Products Company
  • Mobile Mechanic Services
  • Crew Onboard Superyachts or Larger Merchant Vessel or Commercial Vessel*
  • “Freelance” Mechanic
*additional training and certifications required

According to the Bureau of Labor, demand for Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians is expected to increase 4.1%. Powerboat sales were up 7-8% in 2014 and are expected to increase another 5% in 2015, projects the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Marine Mechanic Certifications

IYRS-Marine-Mechanic-TrainingThe American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is widely considered the “gold standard certification” for the boating industry. In fact, many insurance companies prefer insuring companies who hire ABYC certified marine mechanics. ABYC offers the following certifications:

  • Electrical
  • Marine Corrosion
  • Marine Systems
  • ABYC Standards
  • Diesel Engine and Support Systems
  • Gasoline Engine and Support Systems
  • Composite Boat Building
  • Refrigeration and A/C


IYRS Students sit for Marine Systems, Diesel, and Electrical Exams
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