The Marine Propulsion System is designed to train marine technicians to service the outboard marine industry. The in-depth curriculum program is consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory exercise, and live projects to hone troubleshooting skills. Our focus includes the 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard engine from the lower unit to the power head and how to rig the vessel when finished.

The course work will include the alternator driven ignition system then advance to the newest computerized systems. We learn the fuel system from carburetor to electronic fuel systems and study the fuel delivery system starting at the fuel tank. You will learn how to interface laptop computers to the various engines to conduct diagnostics in addition to finding engine history. Learn how to create an electronic customer file using interfacing with the on-board computer and shop laptop. You will learn to conduct a failure analysis on an engine and learn to rebuild the engine if required. Included will be the hydraulic systems and maintenance and service of the various lower units used by manufacturers. You will learn to rig various vessels and how to properly prop the vessel.

Graduates will qualify for entry level technician work at boat maintenance facilities. They also qualify for parts department sales and ordering engine components. This gives the technician an outstanding background if entering the military working on vessels. Learning all the engines on the market also aids in a graduate going into boat sales. However some may decide to go into business for themselves and develop a career path to reach that goal.

Program Learning Outcomes

P1: Fundamental Skills & Troubleshooting
Students will be able to troubleshoot and repair marine systems using theoretical knowledge and practical applications.

P2: Personal & Shop Safety
Students will be able to select the proper tools and personal protection equipment for mechanical projects to insure a safe working environment.

P3: Professional Customer Skills
Students will be able to communicate accurately and professionally.

Program Contact

Nicole Thompson
Dean, Applied Sciences
Phone: (252) 222-6046
Email: thompsonn@carteret.edu

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