Professionals in Marine Systems keep every kind of seafaring vessel running, from an outboard powered skiff to a nuclear submarine. As such, students in The Landing School Marine Systems Program cover a broad range of topics in their studies, from gasoline, diesel, and electric propulsion systems to high resolution electronics. In the Spring semester, work on project boats allows students the opportunity to practice the skills they develop in the fall while working on shop projects. By the time you finish your studies at The Landing School you will be prepared to enter the workforce ready on day one to work on common marine systems and well prepared for a career of lifelong learning.

The Marine Systems Program at The Landing School offers more areas of study than any of our other programs, teaching you principles used worldwide to keep everything from skiffs to submarines running. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work on the most complex marine systems as a valued technician or marine engineer – wherever water vehicles or machinery are needed.

How You’ll Learn


Study subjects include:

AC Electricity
Marine DC Electrical
Composite Repair
Marine Diesel & Gasoline Engines
Marine Plumbing
Professional Shop Methods & Tools
Propulsion Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Steering & Controls

Simulating a real-world boat shop, the Marine Systems Program emphasizes hands-on work and development of a professional work ethic. Students start with the basics of mechanical fastenings and hand tools, developing their hand skills in assembling and disassembling equipment. Through lectures and lab sessions, you will develop an integrated knowledge of gas and diesel engines, basic composite construction and repair, electrical theory, wiring, pumps and plumbing. By the end of the year, you will be able to service, troubleshoot and install all of the equipment found in a modern yacht with confidence. As a final project, you will demonstrate what you have learned by rebuilding a gutted project boat under the supervision of an experienced instructor. Your work will then be put to the ultimate real-world test – a shakedown cruise at sea.

Earning Your Diploma or Degree


Additional occupations include

Auto Repair
Component Design
HVAC Systems
Ship Engineering
Systems Design
Technical Sales
Wind Turbines
Yacht Crewing
Yard Management

Average employment rate: 83%

To earn a diploma in the Marine Systems Program, you must attend The Landing School full time for two semesters (about eight months) and meet all graduation criteria. Students wishing to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree can choose to stay an additional year and complete a second program, plus general education coursework.

Careers for Marine Systems Graduates

Marine Systems technicians work on propulsion, steering and other boat systems. They may also work as marine engineers, operating or supervising the operation of marine machinery on boats and other vessels.

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