Cape Fear Community College

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Marine and Diesel Mechanics  

The curriculum of the Marine and Diesel Mechanics program at Cape Fear Community College is designed to provide individuals with the education and training needed to become qualified diesel mechanics that service, repair, and maintain the sophisticated propulsion systems of boats and other types of marine craft, as well as the diesel engine systems of medium and heavy duty trucks and industrial equipment.

Through classroom instruction, students learn diesel theory and the fundamentals of the marine propulsion system.

In the lab, students obtain the hands-on training needed to properly inspect, diagnose, and repair diesel engines, marine engines, power trains, marine power trains, electronic engines, diesel electrical systems, marine electrical systems, fuel injection systems, air brakes, medium and heavy-duty hydraulic systems, and transport climate control systems. Students also gain hands-on experience in basic welding processes and proper preventive maintenance techniques.

Effective communication skills, ethics, and a positive workplace attitude are also stressed throughout the program. Students are expected to work both independently and as a team to successfully complete each task assigned to them by their instructors in an accurate, proficient, and timely manner.

The Marine and Diesel Mechanics A.A.S. Degree

The Marine and Diesel Mechanics A.A.S. Degree program contains the following career-specific courses:

  • Basic PC Literacy
  • Diesel Engines
  • Power Trains
  • Electronic Engines
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Tune Up
  • Mechanical Fuel Injection
  • Brakes and Steering
  • Air Brakes
  • Hydraulics/Med./Heavy Duty
  • Marine Engines
  • Marine Power Trans
  • Adv Marine Electrical Systems
  • Intro to Transport Tech
  • Basic Transport Electricity
  • Transport Climate Control
  • Transport Climate Control Lab
  • Basic Welding Processes

Students are also required to take Expository Writing, Professional Research & Reporting, Math Measurement & Literacy, one Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, and one Social/Behavioral Science Elective in order to meet the 70 credit hour requirements of the Associate in Applied Science Degree program. In order to graduate, students are required to complete every course and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Marine and Diesel Mechanics Diploma

The Marine and Diesel Mechanics Diploma program is comprised of the following career-relevant classes:

  • Basic PC Literacy
  • Diesel Engines
  • Electronic Engines
  • Marine Engines
  • Mechanical Fuel Injection
  • Marine Power Trains
  • Intro to Transport Technology
  • Basic Transport Electricity
  • Basic Welding Processes

Students must also take Expository Writing and Geometry and Trig in order to fulfill the 41 credit requirements of the Marine and Diesel Mechanics Diploma program. Students are required to complete each class and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

The Marine and Diesel Mechanics Certificate

The Marine and Diesel Mechanics Certificate program is made up of the following courses:

  • Diesel Engines
  • Marine Engines
  • Intro to Transport Technology
  • Basic Transport Electricity

Students must finish each course and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade, in order to graduate.

From Education to Occupation 

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of North Carolina was $42,510 yearly and $20.44 hourly, just 5% lower than the national average.

Graduates of the Marine and Diesel Mechanics curriculum at Cape Fear Community College will be equipped with the skills, education, and training needed to qualify as entry-level marine technicians employed in marinas and shipyards, and in the industrial and commercial trucking industries.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Marine and Diesel Mechanics Diploma, and Undergraduate Certificate

Cape Fear Community College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Marine and Diesel Mechanics as well as a 6-month Marine and Diesel Mechanics Diploma. Cape Fear Community College also offers a 6-month Undergraduate Certificate in Marine and Diesel Mechanics. The two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program and the one-year Marine and Diesel Mechanics Diploma program are both Pell Grant eligible. 

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