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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Marine Mechanical Technician


Occupation Description: 
“Marine 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

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l​ook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin​g, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and ap​ply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S​pring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

​​mid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ​​ensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits


  • 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​
Intakes & Time Commitment
  • 1 intake:  early September (each year)​
  • 26 weeks long
  • 5 days a week (Mon - Fri)​
  • 7.30am to 3.30pm

Available Seats

  • BCIT has set aside 4 of the 16 seats to students from across the Lower Mainland. There is a strong possibility of getting 1-2 seats for Coquitlam students.

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​​


  • General
    • Analytical, Coordinated, Resourceful, and Systematic
  • Key Job 
    • How to Use Tools/Equipment/Materials, How to Inspect & Repair Water/Mechanical/Electrical Systems, How to Service & Install Hydraulic Systems, How to Perform Metal Fabrication & Electrical Work, and How to Service Engines as well as Drive/Ignition/Fuel/Control Systems

Student Eligibility

  • 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 ​ITA exam date in late January (ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" 
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