MTC Success Story
JT Garvin is the lead rigger at Barker Boat Works in Bradenton. He is a 2010 graduate of MTC’s Marine Service Technology program. He started university in Arizona for mechanical engineering. When his mom got cancer, he moved back home to take care of her. He changed direction and enrolled at MTC.
“Kelly Ewing is the best teacher I ever had,” Garvin said. “I came here to learn engines, and I learned electrical work and rigging too—that’s what I do today.” He spent four years at another boat builder before going to Barker, where he’s been for three years. “I now make top tier wages,” he said. “MTC changed my life.”
Program Content: The main focus of the Marine Service Technology program is on outboard engines and 2-stroke and 4-stroke theory with an overview of inboard gas and diesel engines. Students will learn the use of tools, equipment, fuel and cooling systems and how to troubleshoot and repair boats and engines, rig boats with the proper wiring, and install engines and accessories. MTC Marine Services Technology is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council and the Association of Marine Technicians. The course prepares students for SkillsUSA, Mercury Marine, Yamaha and Bombardier certifications.
Length of Program: 1350 clock hours – approximately 11 months full-time to complete
Industry Certification: American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Certification, Mercury Marine Certification, Preparation for Yamaha Certification
Job Placement Rate: 100%
On-time Completion Rate: 100%
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Marine Service Technologies (T400210)
For More Information: Contact Xela Brutus: 941.751.7900 x 1034, Email