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Marine Mechanical

Career Studies Certificate

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Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Marine Mechanical prepares you for an in-demand career in the maritime field as quickly as possible. Marine mechanics are responsible for inspecting, installing, maintaining and repairing mechanical systems associated with boats, ships and other marine equipment.

You will learn the fundamentals of mechanical systems, hydraulics and blueprint reading in addition to gaining a strong foundational knowledge of ship systems and an orientation to maritime careers. Students are encouraged to expand their maritime expertise with approved electives in maritime technologies, marine electrical and maritime welding.

TCC’s maritime technologies programs prepare you for entry or advancement in the maritime industry as a marine mechanical technician. Graduates typically work in marinas, boatyards and shipyards or aboard ships. Mechanics who have already completed an apprenticeship may consider marine electrician training to advance their careers.

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

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Marine Mechanical consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly at the Chesapeake Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
19 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,521.65 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Credits you earn in this program apply toward an associate degree in maritime technologies. Graduates interested in further education may also pursue an associate degree in mechatronics.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • are a good multitasker
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • be comfortable working in small spaces
  • have good manual dexterity  
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Cooperative education opportunities allow you to earn college credit on the job in one of the busiest, fastest growing port areas in the nation

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be a 15 to 20 percent shortage in qualified maritime journeymen through 2020

Paid apprenticeships are available at companies like AMSEC, BAE Systems, Colonna’s Shipyard, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Oceaneering


TCC partners with employers offering apprenticeship opportunities in the maritime industry


Professors at TCC have "real-world experience"


Aaron Post, a sheetmetal supervisor for BAE Systems Ship Repair, completed TCC's 4-year apprenticeship program