Mechanical Technician

Marine Mechanical Technicians are the fixers who understand every aspect of how marine vessels work. They’re systematic professionals, who troubleshoot systems and ensure everything runs safely. 

As a Marine Mechanical Technician, you’ll be responsible for fixing, repairing, installing and maintaining a wide range of marine systems—from boat engines to electrical systems, pumps, drive trains and more.  

You’re an analytical individual, who enjoys working through a problem methodically. You’ll restore engines and systems to optimal levels, ensuring every vessel is in perfect working order.

What You'll Learn

  • Critical thinking and troubleshooting 
  • Monitoring and quality control 
  • Use of specialized tools and equipment 
  • General marine maintenance  
  • Knowledge of marine systems 

Key Job Skills

  • How to use tools, equipment and materials 
  • How to inspect and repair water, mechanical, and electrical systems 
  • How to service and install hydraulic systems 
  • How to perform metal fabrication and electrical work 
  • How to service engines, as well as drive, ignition, fuel and control systems 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 20 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
4800 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$22.00 — $40.00

Program Updates

  • September 2021: For information regarding transition, see the Program Update and Transition Plan.

  • August 2021: A new Program Outline and Program Profile will be implemented April 1, 2022. Please see OPSN 2021 008 for details

Program Information

and Resources

In effect starting April 1, 2022

Exam Information

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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.