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Diesel Marine Technician

Career Studies Certificate

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Hampton Roads’ maritime industry is growing at a rapid pace, and diesel technicians are needed in large numbers to keep the recreational and commercial fleets operating at full capacity.

Focusing on the repair of marine diesel engines and vessels, Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Diesel Marine Technology teaches you the theory of marine diesel operation along with the latest repair and diagnostic procedures available in the industry.

TCC’s marine diesel program is a hands-on program designed to teach you everything from diesel fundamentals to fuel and filtration to marine-specific electrical and hydraulic systems. Not only will you be able to diagnose and rebuild diesel engines, you’ll be well-versed in the construction and function of hulls, drive power principles, propellers, steering systems, instruments and accessories.

Practical experience is essential – instructors spend extensive time working on real diesel machinery with you in the laboratory.

The marine program is an American Boat & Yacht Council Marine League School and a Volvo Penta training partner.

Go further

Apply all your credits toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology or an Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the American Yacht and Boat Council and Volvo Penta

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Diesel Marine Technology consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake.

Estimated Program Cost*:
27 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,004.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own personal protection equipment, including steel-toed work shoes and safety glasses. Students are also required to obtain a TCC diesel technology uniform shirt. 

Where can you go?

This certificate prepares you for entry or advancement as a marine diesel technician, marine diesel fuel injection technician, marine electrical technician or marine hydraulics technician.

You can also apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s associate degrees in diesel technology or maritime technologies. Many students also enroll in the marine gasoline engine technology program

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • enjoy problem-solving
  • work well in groups 
  • are mechanically inclined
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Through the college’s partnership with Volvo-Penta, students can receive Volvo-Penta certifications as part of their curriculum of study

Work on real diesel technology in hands-on labs

You will become familiar with a variety of marine diesel engines, including those made by Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Volvo Penta and Cummins

Program spotlight

Train on modern marine diesel engines and related systems at the RAC

Inside the classroom

“We’re teaching them everything they need to know to work on pleasure craft and larger vessels.” – Abe Arispe, diesel marine professor

Student success

John Santrik found his calling in the marine program