Marine Technology

Please Note: The Marine Technology Associate Degree and Diagnostic Repair Certificate are currently in a teach-out phase and LRCC no longer is accepting students into these programs.​​​​​​​

The Marine Technology program concentrates on recreational marine equipment, including outboards, inboards, inboard/outboards, engines, and diagnostic equipment. Students become knowledgeable in the maintenance, repair of internal combustion engines, and drive systems through classroom and lab experience.

LRCC offers two certificates and two-degree pathways. The Marine Maintenance certificate is for those who are looking for basic maintenance training in order to enter the workforce as soon as possible. The Marine Diagnostic and Repair certificate is for those who seek the career of a marine technician. It includes all of the marine maintenance courses as well as the diagnostic and repair courses. Should you seek a degree, LRCC offers a Marine Business degree for those seeking a technical education accompanied by a business perspective. This pathway is best suited for an individual looking for a management position or possible ownership of a marina. The Marine Technical degree is for those who want the most concentrated marine engine repair training available. These students will earn both certificates, a degree and become factory certified with Mercury Marine through our Advanced Marine Systems course.

There are opportunities for marine technicians in coastal and lakeside communities. Graduates will find employment as inboard drive, or outboard technicians, service managers, parts management or even business owners. There are many other opportunities in the recreational off-road vehicle market, such as motorcycle, watercraft and snowmobile technician. Those recreational products are closely related in design and concept; skill sets would be easily transferable.

Degrees and Certificates


MAR121L: Marine Maintenance and Fundamentals

This course provides basic theoretical and foundational principles of two- and four-cycle engines along with development of common maintenance procedures specific to trailers and marine power packages. Emphasis on basic service operations including safety, use of hand and power tools, marine hardware, service literature, and operating principles of marine power packages. Students will also obtain credit within the Mercury University system.

MAR126L: Outboard Engine Maintenance

Entry level fundamentals of recreational marine industry operations to include; but not limited to, model identification, service support literature, and rigging and maintenance procedures for warranty support.

MAR127L: Marine Electrical Systems

This course focuses on theory, principles and measurements of AC and DC electricity and electronics are covered. Setup, Maintenance, and diagnostic procedures for common inboard, stern drive, outboard starting and charging systems. Schematic and conventional wiring diagram interpretation allows the student to become familiar with common 12-volt marine electrical systems, such as helm harnesses, gauge packages and accessory lighting circuits.

MAR170L: Independent Study

Students in an independent study option will engage in learning about a topic of special interest and/or need.

MAR227L: Marine Drive Systems Diagnostics and Repair

This course examines the maintenance, diagnostics and repair procedures for common marine stern drive engine packages. Drive-by-wire systems will be explored in depth along with maintenance and service procedures related to inboard engine transmissions.

MAR228L: Inboard Engine Diagnostics and Repair

This course will cover theory and repair of stern drive engine systems such as internal engine, fueling, and electrical systems. Diagnostics skills will be developed as each system and its repair process is thoroughly examined.

MAR232L: Outboard Engine Diagnostics and Repair

This course reviews two- and four-cycle engine theory emphasizing the application of fuel injection systems. Topics of theory include; cooling systems, fuel systems, powerheads and power transfer unites. Students learn to use the diagnostic software needed to evaluate components in these advanced systems.

MAR270L: Advanced Marine Systems I

This course will provide students basic theory and operation of marine engines, electrical/electronic systems, and other related subjects necessary for modern marine technicians. Success of this course reflects the completion of the online training prerequisite for Mercury Marine Certificate,

MAR272L: Advanced Marine Systems II

This course will provide students diagnostic and advanced repair skills on marine engines, electrical/electronic systems, and other related subjects necessary for modern marine technicians. Successful completion of this course reflects the student credential of Mercury Marine certified technician.