• Marine Engine Technology

    The Marine Engine Technology program is located on M State’s Detroit Lakes campus, in the heart of Minnesota lakes country. Our program produces skilled marine engine technicians who have job opportunities with boat dealers and engine manufacturers nationwide.

Marine Engine Technology

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Marine Engine Technology

As a Marine Engine Technology student at M State, you'll use the latest in technology from all major engine manufacturers to service and repair outboard and stern-drive engines, drive systems and related systems and components.

The Marine Engine Technology program's innovative flexible scheduling, modeled after industry training programs, makes it possible for you to tailor your college coursework to accommodate your work and family commitments. Lectures are delivered online and accessible 24/7, and visits to the college marine lab to practice and master your skills are scheduled scheduled at your convenience.

Our program is guided by an advisory board made up of local and regional industry members who review our curriculum, ensuring that students are learning the skills needed by employers.

Degree options, all offered through the Detroit Lakes campus, are:

  • Marine Engine Technology AAS, 69 credits
  • Marine Engine Technology Diploma, 60 credits
  • Marine/Powersports Maintenance Specialist, 16 credits


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Plan and perform repairs according to manufacturers' recommended procedures and customer preferences
  • Diagnose and repair boat hulls and their electrical systems
  • Repair the latest in four-stroke, digital throttle and shift systems and catalyst inboard engines from Volvo and MerCruiser
  • Troubleshoot EFI and electrical engines
  • Rebuild inboard and outboard engines rated up to 425 hp

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Why M State

  • Flexible, innovative degree program that accommodates each student's schedule
  • High placement rate for marine engine technicians
  • One of only two-year inboard/outboard marine programs in the Midwest
  • Opportunity to earn certifications from Mercury, Evinrude, Volvo and Yamaha as part of the marine program
  • Strong industry support
  • Field trips teach skills of navigating, docking, propping and launching boats
  • Internships provide students with valuable industry experience
  • With one additional year of study, graduates of the marine program can earn a diploma in PowerSports Technology
  • Opportunity to learn on marine and engine products worth a half million dollars from all major engine manufacturers
  • Opportunity to learn from instructors with industry master mechanic certifications in multiple outboar and stern drive lines


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Marine/Powersports Maintenance Specialist Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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Required Marine Engine Technology courses

  • Drive System Theory
  • Introduction to Marine
  • Drive System Service
  • Marine Advanced Fuel Systems
  • EFI and Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Engine Service
  • Adv Electrical Diagnosis
  • Advanced Drive Systems and Testing
  • Transom and Mid-Section Service
  • Engine Performance Rebuild and Diagnostics
  • Marine Four-Stroke Outboard Engine Service
  • Introduction to Shop Technology
  • Transportation Electronics
  • Starting and Charging Lab
  • Fuel Systems II Lab
  • Fuel Systems II Theory
  • Electrical Systems I Lab
  • Electrical Systems I Theory
  • Marine Internship

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Motorboat Mechanic and Service Technician
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Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as Marine technicians, service managers, factory representatives, dealership owners, parts specialists, service writers and marine sales personnel.

Description: Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Detroit Lakes


Motorboat Mechanic and Service Technician employment

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The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers* Bar Charts
under 25 24 14%
25-34 42 25%
35-44 34 20%
45-54 40 23%
55-64 24 14%
65+ 7 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics



  • "Thanks to the connections of the instructors in the Marine Engine Technology program, I was able to get my second year of training paid by my future employer." - Joe Lautt
  • "The great training that I received through the Marine Engine Technology program in Detroit Lakes helped me get a great job with great pay working on Mastercraft ski boats." - Kyle Perkerwicz
  • "Thanks to the Marine Engine Technology program, I walked out of M State with the confidence I needed as a technician, and within two years I became the service manager of Scottie's Marine." - Neal Cypher


Program highlights

  • Newly acquired equipment including a 5.7 liter MerCruiser "green technology" catalyst engine valued at $13,000, more than $50,000 in equipment from Bombardier Recreational Products including a 70hp Johnson 4-stroke outboard, two new Evinrude E-Tec outboard engines and many additional training aids, and a Yamaha V-6 engine training simulator valued at $3,500
  • Students will learn EFI and electrical system troubleshooting, rebuilding engines rated up to 425 horsepower, training on M State's $13,000 computerized Land-n-Sea dyno, along with our three other dynos
  • Placement rate of more than 99 percent
  • More than $750,000 worth of inventory and engine products from all major engine manufacturers
  • Most inexpensive two-year diploma in Marine Engine Technology in Minnesota
  • Only two-year inboard/outboard marine program in the Midwest
  • Factory training from Mercury, Bombardier and Yamaha
  • Program options include one-year certificate, two-year diploma and two-year AAS degree
  • Training provided by Mercury Master Technicians Mike Ullmer and Glen Bucholz
  • Earn an additional two-year degree in Powersports Technology with one additional year of training
  • Certifications from Mercury, Evinrude and Yamaha offered as part of training
  • Fifty percent discount off the retail price of hand and power tools (Snap-on, Matco, etc.) offered to M State students



M State's Marine Engine Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.

Last modified: September 15th, 2017 at 01:45pm