"As many of you know we have a very rich history in boating at the college," CFCC President Jim Morton said at the press conference, highlighting the school's boat building programs, as well as the marine technology program and its 135-foot RV Cape Hatteras research vessel, which served as the backdrop at Thursday's event.
"We wanted to continue to expand our marine division, and in doing so ... we're going to listen to industry and business and determine what needs are out there. And we determined there is a need for a skilled labor force to work on boat motors," Morton said.
Students learn through hands-on labs and work with complex components such as trim and tilt units, water pumps and timing belts. More advanced service skills, such as troubleshooting, checking valve clearances, starting and charging system testing and diagnostics are also covered in the course, Davis said.
"These skills are being taught in our outboard engine shop, on up-to-date equipment that our partners that have generously donated to the program," Davis said.In addition to helping with the course's curriculum, Yamaha donated two, 350 horsepower outboard motors to the college for the program. Yamaha's donation was over $79,000 in equipment for student training, including outboards, cylinder heads, lower units, propellers and controls.
The apprenticeship program, however, is not a requirement for students to get a job out of the new CFCC course, he said. It's just another way for the new technicians to continue their training.
"There's more than one path to get there, and that's what we are trying to create because there is such a huge need," Harden said.
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