Thanks to MBIA for this:
Like many other industries, the boating industry in Michigan has been faced with a workforce shortage for many years. The past 4 years, MBIA has been working with educational and workforce development partners to create opportunities for those interested in full-time careers in the boating industry. We are happy to announce that we now have programs available to students.
Macomb Community College (Warren, MI) is scheduled to start their Marine Tech Program this Fall.
They will offer 5-8 week fast track and also year-long programs.
In-person classes run this year from October 12-December 04.
Cost is $5,500 and includes all books and materials.
Registration is now open:
Important for all to know is that jobs in our industry are not seasonal. They are year-round, unless you specifically ask for seasonal. Marine technician training is suitable for all ages and backgrounds — those straight out of high school and those in mid-life looking for a change or an exciting new career. Like automotive, newer boat service and repair involve computers more than tools.
Currently there are shortages in all career categories, but the most critical shortage is for marine technicians, who can earn from $35,000 to $85,000 per year.
The Great Lakes Boat Building School (Upper Peninsula) is scheduled to start their 12-month marine technician program this fall. They are currently at capacity but are creating a waitlist for next year.
“We are pleased to have achieved these two programs on behalf of the industry,” said Nicki Polan, MBIA executive director. “We also hope to have Oakland Community College back up again soon, and to have a few other schools offering marine tech training in other parts of the state like Northern Michigan, West Michigan, Flint, Gaylord, and Big Rapids.”
Michigan’s boating industry is big business.
Michigan is the 3rd largest marine market in the country and in 2019 our state exceeded $1 billion in new boats, motors, trailers, and accessory sales.
Boating has a $7.8 billion economic impact on our state’s economy every year. We’ve experienced 10 consecutive years of growth, and with a growing market and an aging workforce there is an increasing demand for quality employees.
So, consider making your passion your profession. If you or your child is interested in boating, keep this in mind.
Interested individuals should email us at BoatMichigan@mbia.org
Discover more about the boating industry and industry careers under the resources section at www.boatmichigan.org
Marine tech programs
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