Marine Technology - Course Planning

In Seattle Central College's Marine Technology program, you will learn to layout and complete boat building projects while working with precision tools and computer-aided drafting equipment.

Questions about course planning? Students enrolled in the program can contact the Wood Technology Center counselor, Dale Zeretzke, at or by calling 206.934.4337. Wood Technology Center staff and faculty can also help.

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
WCO 110 Introduction to Professional Woodworking 18
Introduction to wood construction skills and safety, including safe operation of basic hand and power tools, wood construction terminology and materials. This is a required class for all three degree programs at the Wood Technology Center.
Students must obtain First Aid and CRP/AED certification and pass the Washington State Boaters Exam before entrance into the second quarter. 
Second Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
MRT 101 Composites and Repair 14
Introduces fiberglass boatbuilding as well as marine cabinetry construction. Students work in teams to lay up, by hand, a complete fiberglass hull, ready to receive wood trim, then begin the marine cabinet project. Industry standards in safety and production will be modeled.
MRT 102 Introduction to Marine Electrical 4
Basic AC and DC electrical systems as found on recreational and small commercial vessels. Installation and troubleshooting of engine operation systems for charging and starting, DC house systems for lights, pumps, navigational gear and shore power AC systems.
Third Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
MRT 103 Wooden Boat Joinery and Repair 10
This course focuses on wood boat construction and media repairs in wood, fiberglass, and plastic. Different types of woods used in boat construction is covered, as is interior fitting out of hulls. The complexity of job scoping in wooden boat repair is emphasized.
MRT 104 Marine Mechanics (Marine Engines, Plumbing and Pumps) 8
Operation, service, troubleshooting and general maintenance of inboard gas and diesel engines in recreational and small commercial vessels. Tune-up procedures for gas ignition systems. Routine service and maintenance of these systems. Includes starting, charging, fuel, cooling, lubrication and winterization of engines. Course also covers marine sanitation systems including marine toilets, holding tanks, and pumps.
Fourth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
MRT 105 Advanced Composites 14
Complex fiberglass boatbuilding and repair problems, including repair of damaged fiberglass structures, plug and mold building, and advanced composites, including resin infusion. Direct hands-on experience in safe and productive use of machinery and supplies is emphasized.
MRT 106 Marine Electrical 2 4
Advanced vessel electrical systems, sizing of battery banks, AC battery charging systems, inverter systems, engine operation gauge systems, gen-sets and galvanic corrosion. Preparation for ABYC Marine Electrical Certification exam.
Fifth Quarter - AAS Degree, 10 additional credits – students select courses
Prefix Course Credits
MRT 107 Internship 7-10
Students earn credits for work in a boat yard or related area that reinforces skills and concepts learned in the program.
OR MRT 108 Advanced Wooden Boat Joinery and Repair 18
This optional course gives students the opportunity to build their own boat, whether in wood or fiberglass, or to undertake a more comprehensive boat restoration. Emphasis is on performance in a professional manner in safety and project execution.
Related Instruction
Prefix Course Credits
ENGL 105 Applied Composition 3
Covers skills and strategies needed to meet writing demands in college and on the job.
MATH 110 Applied Math for Builders 3
Emphasis on applications of mathematics to vocational and technical courses.
WCO 203 Intro to Vectorworks 3
Introduction to 2D and 3D computer aided drafting and design (CADD) using the cross-platform program Vectorworks.
PSYC 240 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Covers dynamics of organizations and human resources in the workplace: motivational theory, leadership, group processes, organizational theory, participatory management, conflict management and counseling. Primarily for professional-technical students.
Note: If you have already taken English 105 (or higher) or Math 110 (or higher) OR if you have demonstrated proficiency in those courses through placement testing, you do not need to retake them. Contact the Wood Technology Center counselor or staff for more information about placement for classes.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Total Credits: 94 to 102 credits

Contact the Wood Technology Center faculty and staff for more information about registering for classes.