EXTENSIVE HANDS-ON PROGRAM
The 9-month Marine Systems Diploma program offers a compact and comprehensive curriculum to get you into the workforce quickly. Modeled on competency-based training, you demonstrate the work as well as understand the theory behind the work. The program is specifically designed with input from subject matter experts, focusing on skills that employees need in the workplace. The hands-on training follows CFR, ABYC, NFPA, ABS, and NMEA industry standards and relies heavily on safety and workmanship. In-field training happens on real boats of all construction types: wood, fiberglass, aluminum, and steel.
The Marine Systems program gives you the opportunity to start from your own foundation – no prerequisites other than a high school diploma or GED or required. All skill levels and backgrounds are accommodated in this comprehensive program.
The 9-month, accelerated Marine Systems Diploma program revolves around a full-time Monday – Friday daily schedule. Students are able to complete the Diploma degree within a 9-month period. This program starts once annually in October and graduates mid-June.
Fall Quarter: October to December
Marine Systems: Part I-170
In this first course of the Marine Systems program students will research, study, and practice skills in many marine systems disciplines. Our target industries include small to medium sized vessels, both commercial and recreational. All topics will be covered using classroom teaching methods, reinforced with extensive competency-based hands-on learning. After learning boat nomenclature, hand tool use, and shop safety, students will launch immediately into the main program coursework. The main topic of the first quarter will focus on marine electrical systems. All courses will be taught using a broad scope of applicable marine industry accepted standards.
>>Next: Winter Quarter
The Marine Systems program is 9-months long and starts once annually in October with graduation the following June. School days are from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Students are awarded a diploma upon completion.
View the 2023-2025 School Catalog for more detailed information on scope, sequence, and program description.
To be eligible for enrollment, all students must have:
• Earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED) prior to the first day of class.
• The physical and health capacity to undertake the day-to-day work.
• The ability to understand written and oral instruction given in English.
Enrollment in programs at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding do not require prior woodworking, boatbuilding, or marine systems experience.
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The 9-month Marine Systems program is approved for Federal Student Aid including Direct Student Loans and Pell Grants. This program is pending approval for the use of Veterans Education Benefits.
Students are awarded a Diploma upon completion. Our programs are accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and licensed by the State of Washington.
The 9-month Marine Systems program prepares students for entry-level employment. Career opportunities are varied and include jobs in boat shops, ship yards, vessel manufacturing, and educational institutions. Skills are transferrable to service of RVs, emergency vehicles, and tiny homes.
Although the school does not offer on-campus housing, staff is dedicated to supporting students in finding accommodations. The school provides a local housing list to all enrolled students consisting of property owners who want to rent to Boat School students. Staff also sends out dedicated housing availability emails to enrolled students and works one-on-one to connect you with accommodations. The school is constantly networking with local property owners to grow available housing.
The Perfect Location
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located in the heart of more than 50 maritime businesses on Port Townsend Bay and surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Students have access to the Port Townsend working waterfront providing networking with talented and experienced marine craftspeople.