Skilled Trades & Vocational
Marine and Boat Mechanics

If you enjoy working with your hands, tinkering with engines, and have a knack for small engines and boats, a Marine and Boat Mechanics degree or certification may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Marine and Boat Mechanics students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). In this field, an associate degree is oftentimes enough for entry-level technician positions, while bachelor's and master's degrees can lead to higher paying, more technological and engineering related jobs.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework and extracurricular or work experience related to mechanics helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Marine And Boat Mechanics Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Marine and Boat Mechanics include:

  • Motorboat Mechanic/Service Technician
  • Diesel Service Technician and Mechanic
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians was $43,440 in 2019 (1) while Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics earned a median salary of $48,500 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.