Service Technician

Marine Service Technicians are agile and versatile, often fulfilling the role of mechanic, welder and carpenter all on the same day. They work hard to make sure each vessel sets a smooth course. 

As a Marine Service Technician, you’ll constantly put your flexible and persistent nature to the test, as you repair a range of components and systems such as propellers, sails, masts, engines, and navigational equipment.  

Faced with a range of challenges, you’ll need to think fast and tackle complex problems on the spot. At the same time, you’re a top-notch fixer, who constantly rights the ship.

What You'll Learn

  • How each specialized are of marine trades relates to the whole boat
  • How to use industry specific terminology, tools, equipment & materials
  • How to build, maintain, repair & refit boats
  • How to select & install onboard systems
  • How boat structure & system design affects performance

Key Job Skills

  • Safe & professional work habits
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Troubleshooting & decision-making
  • Applied knowledge of vessel design, structural materials, paint, coatings & onboard 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. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 24 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
4000 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$19.23 — $45.00

Program Updates

Please be advised that the Program Outline and Program Profile have been revised. The changes are effective Jan 1, 2018. Please see OPSN 2018 006 for details.

Program Information

Certificate of Qualification Exam Information And Resources


  • None


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.