How Do You Become a Marine Electrician?


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Becoming a marine electrician requires a high school diploma or GED and on-the-job training as a marine electrician. Though there are no formal requirements to complete a postsecondary program, many employers require applicants to have completed a vocational certificate or associate's degree in marine technology or engine mechanics, and have an understanding of mechanical devices and an aptitude for using tools.

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Those planning to become marine electricians typically complete high school courses in advanced math, electronics and small engine repair. Postsecondary programs often include coursework in marine electronics, marine systems installation, boat repair, diesel engines and outboard engines. Many programs include apprenticeships so that students get practical experience working as marine electricians.

Marine electricians repair electrical systems and equipment found aboard recreational and commercial boats. Some of the practical tasks a marine electrician completes include testing and troubleshooting systems and wiring low voltage controls, limit switching devices and motor starters.

An ad by marine trades recruiter Ameri-Force for a marine electrician requires applicants to pass a drug screening test and background check. The applicant must also need a RAPIDGate Badge and OSHA Training Certificate or be eligible to get them. The RAPIDGate Badge entitles the bearer access into highly secure facilities such as military installations, manufacturing and distribution sites, and ports while OSHA Training is about safety practices in the workplace.

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