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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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Marine Mechanical Technician


Occupation Description: 
β€œMarine Mechanical Technician” means a person who installs, troubleshoots, repairs and maintains engines, drive trains and other mechanical, electrical and fluid systems typically used in the recreational marine industry. Some light commercial and industrial applications are serviced. This work involves all aspects of repairs to diesel engines, gasoline engines, outboard engines, conventional inboard drive trains and stern drives.

This trade does not have a Red Seal, the highest certification is Certificate of Qualification (C of Q).

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break
    • look over all th e information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, training, etc
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • still have questions?  book an appointment to talk to the Principal Benjamin King, to learn more: Booking App
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)  
  • (post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly for following school year
Students: feel free to contact Benjamin via email ( or text/call (778-984-1354) at any time during the application process ​


  • look at the topics you will be taking at BCIT: Program Courses
  • given those topics, it is strongly recommended you:
    • complete all core gr 11 classes and have a plan for English 12
    • have taken at least a couple courses in either:
      • Automotiveor
      • Electricityor
      • Metal/Weld
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent​ attendance + lates record while in high school
  • passion for fixing engines
  • enjoy spending time on or near water​
Time Commitment
  • 1 intake:  early February (ending in early August)​
  • 26 weeks long
  • 5 days a week (Mon - Fri)​
  • 7.30am to 2.30pm

Student Eligibility

  • limited high school seats available for all lower mainland (4 of 16 are reserved for gr 12s)
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in their graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student​ to participate in
    • ex 2:  program will begin in August after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 should not apply as they will not be accepted​​
  • must have government-issued photo ID that is current/valid on the β€‹ITA exam date in late January (ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" β€‹

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $500 for course materials, textbook, etc

Location + Transportation

  • BCIT Annacis Island Campus (1608 Cliveden Avenue, Delta)
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian​
    • Suggested route: 
      Millennium Line to 22nd Street Station (New West) to Bus 340 to BCIT​​

Skills + Attributes

  • ability to trouble shoot and problem solve
  • patience and accuracy
  • love of fixing things, especially those involving motors and engines

Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ​Ben King
Principal of Trades & Transitions​:​




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828