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Marine Gasoline Engine Technology

Career Studies Certificate

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Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Marine Gasoline Engine Technology is designed to give you the skills necessary to work as a technician in the commercial and pleasure boating industry. You’ll learn how to maintain, diagnose and repair marine inboard and outboard engines.

At TCC, you’ll be involved in a hands-on program that emphasizes practical experience. Along with classroom instruction, you’ll spend extensive time in the shop working on real marine engines and equipment at the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake.

In addition to gaining expertise in marine maintenance mechanics, basic marine electrical circuits and hydraulics, you will learn how to maintain, diagnose and repair marine inboard and outboard engines and stern drive transmission systems.

The marine gasoline equipment market is rapidly expanding, and there’s a critical shortage of trained technicians. Whether you’re changing careers or currently employed in the industry, this certificate prepares you for entry or advancement in the field.

The marine program is an American Boat and Yacht Council Marine League School and Yamaha Motor USA training center. 

Go further

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

Certify your skills

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

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Marine Gasoline Engine Technology consists of 2 semesters of part-time study 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?

Credits earned in this career studies certificate may be applied toward a TCC associate degree in diesel technology, or maritime technologies

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working with your hands
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • enjoy problem-solving 
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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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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Take classes at TCC's state-of-the-art Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake

You will become familiar with a variety of marine gasoline engines, including Mercury, Yamaha, Honda and Evinrude large and small outboards

TCC’s cooperative education program enables you to earn college credit for work experience in marine science


Find career opportunities and economic rewards in marine gasoline engine technology


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


John Sanetrik found his calling in TCC's marine program