What Does a Marine Engine Technician Do?

Marine Engine Technicians (435B) test, diagnose, inspect, repair and maintain boat engines and associated boat handling  and systems equipment to ensure their effective use and safe operation.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting performance codes and standards such as manufacturer's service manuals, parts bulletins, technical updates etc.
  • Inspecting, equipping and operating pleasure craft according to Ministry of Transportation (M.O.T.) regulations                    
  • Selecting, operating and maintaining hand, cutting and pneumatic and electric power tools as well as shop equipment
  • Using and maintaining measuring devices such as micrometers, calipers, gauges, straight edges and dial indicators used to measure accurately
  • Setting up and operating manual oxy-fuel equipment, MIG welding and shielded metal arc welding equipment
  • Laying out and installing outboard and inboard engines; laying out, installing and aligning stern drive engines and drive mechanical controls, fuel tanks, wiring, jet drive and hydraulic systems, controls and instrumentation
  • Selecting, repairing, and replacing electrical wires and connectors
  • Maintaining, repairing and if required removing, disassembling, cleaning & reconditioning engines and components to manufacturer's specifications; performing tune-ups
  • Testing, maintaining and repairing fuel and ignition systems, starting and charging systems, cooling, ventilating and exhaust systems, steering and generating systems
  • Performing customer relations activities, including honest feedback regarding the vehicle's condition, explaining repairs and costs, providing written statements of work performed, as well as resolving complaints
  • Documenting work activities as well as writing operational reports
  • Acquiring an excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – Motive Power sector link: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards.

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Marine Engine Technician apprentice, Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). It would be beneficial to have credits in Math, Communication and Physics, as well as obtaining a Certificate of Apprenticeship through completion of a 4,280 hours of on-the-job training as well as three 8 week long blocks of  in-school training.  Upon successful completion of the written examination, the candidate will be recognized by the OCoT Program Development and Standards Unit with a Certificate of Qualification. 

Related post-secondary training may be available through local community colleges. Check out http://www.durhamcollege.ca/ for information. 

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What’s Your Future as a Marine Engine Technician?

People who work in this field usually work fulltime, 35-40 hours per week, with overtime, weekend or evening work during peak periods. Work in this field tends to be seasonal; workers can increase their year round employability by seeking employment in related winter-time recreational businesses (Ski Lift Mechanic; Small Engine Technician - snowmobiles etc). Potential employers include:

  • Marine dealers
  • Marine engine manufacturers
  • Independent Repair shops
  • Self-employed

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices will generally earn less than people with more experience, however as your skill and expertise increase, so does your wage in line with company wage rates
  • Fully qualified Marine Engine Technician generally earn $10 - $20 per hour


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Marine Engine Technician For You?

Are you physically fit with good finger/manual dexterity and mechanical abilities?

Yes      No

Can you work indoors or outdoors in different types of weather, noise and fumes, evenings or weekends during peak season?

Yes      No

Can you pick up new information quickly?

Yes      No

Do you like performing a variety of tasks requiring precision during a working day?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy diagnosing and solving problems?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy learning about different engine and component systems, and then applying your knowledge?

Yes      No

Can you read and write reports in order to communicate effectively with supervisors, co-workers and boat owners?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Marine Engine Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Ski Lift Mechanic
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Industrial Millwright/Mechanic


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