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Marine Mechanical Technician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Approx $350
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    BCIT Apprentice Services: 604-456-8100 or 1-800-667-0676 (Canada & US only). Email

Application Deadline Advice

This program is not available to international students.  View available programs.

Please refer to the Apprentice Admissions information on the BCIT website. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact BCIT for the next opening.

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Marine Mechanical Technician

For updated details regarding Marine Mechanical Technician, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.


Marine Mechanical Technicians install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain engines, drive trains and other mechanical, electrical and fluid systems used in the recreational marine industry. This work involves all aspects of repairs to diesel engines, gas engines, outboard engines, conventional inboard drive trains and stern drives.

The format of the program combines theory and on-the-job training, including 'corporate' manufacturers training, designed to meet the competency standards defined by the industry and approved by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

The Technical training involves two levels each with 300 hours (or 10 weeks). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The length of the Work-Based Training is 3000 general hours plus a minimum 1500 Endorsement specific hours, in either Outboard, Gasoline, or Diesel. The length of training may vary depending on the individual, the selected endorsements and completion of the defined competencies.

Note: A new Program Outline and Program Profile will be implemented April 1, 2022. Please see OPSN 2021 008 for details

Training Content

Areas of training cover:

  • Occupational Skills
  • Vessel Systems
  • Hydraulic Equipment
  • Metal Working
  • Electrical
  • Engine Support Systems
  • Engines
  • Boat Trailers
  • Marine Drive Systems
  • Ignition Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Fuel Delivery


Completion of Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10


  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips

If you wish to challenge the requirements for this position you must have:

  • 9000 documented hours of directly related work experience to challenge the BC Certificate of Qualification examinations and assessments

If you have any questions about this program please contact ITA Customer Service at 1.866.660.6011.

Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted

Inboard/Outboard Mechanic - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: 2,250 hours

Marine Service Technician - Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1
  • Work-Based Training: 1,125 hours
Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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