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Student Technician Program

If you want to start or advance your career in an exciting industry with many advantages, get started by learning from the best! MarineMax offers two technical programs to help you achieve your goals by diving deeper into maintaining and servicing recreational boats and yachts of various makes and models. Besides being paid while learning at an actual marina, eligible students may choose a MarineMax location for permanent employment upon completion.

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Preparing the Next Generation of Marine Technicians

Be a part of an elite team at MarineMax, the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, with more than 125 locations worldwide, including 78 retail dealership locations, which include 59 marinas collectively worldwide. With our constant growth, we are seeking enthusiastic and dedicated technicians to enroll in our specialized program, where we will provide all the training needed to advance your career and continue the tradition of MarineMax excellence.

Program Details

Based out of Clearwater, FL, MarineMax offers two comprehensive programs to help develop future marine technicians and advance their knowledge and abilities to the next level. One program is designed for those with no experience in the industry, while the other caters to those encompassing a broader understanding and have worked in the field prior. Additionally, the Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Discover which program is right for you.

  • Three-Year MarineMax Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program

    The MarineMax Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program consists of hands-on mentor-led and online self-led training. The program spans three years, with the ability to shorten to 1.5 years with approved experience. The goal is to have the apprentice certified in several systems before program completion. Online learning will include Mercury, Yamaha, Volvo, American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerant management, Dometic products, etc. Each quarter, the apprentice will get a milestone raise, assuming requirements are met. The apprentice will also be eligible to receive a Journeyman Certificate of Competency when complete, which implies the required local government standards have been satisfied.  
  • Six-Month Student Technician Program

    The accelerated six-month Student Technician Program is a hybrid course designed to enhance skills for those who already have a general understanding of working on boats. It includes top-notch instruction with hands-on work next to senior technicians at a marina. In addition, instructor-led and self-paced classroom training is involved, and focus areas include practical boat knowledge, water systems, air conditioning, generators, and Mercury, Yamaha, and Volvo diesel engine training. This program will also cover driving and trailering boats.

Program Benefits

Besides continuous learning and hands-on experience, participating in either program offers benefits and compensation while in training. In addition, the package also includes the following after 60 days:

  • Health, medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Team member discounts
  • MarineMax tuition reimbursement
  • Permanent job placement assistance
  • And more!

Admission Requirements and How to Apply:

Although no other restrictions apply to those interested in the MarineMax Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Program besides being 18 years of age, to be eligible for the 6-month MarineMax Student Technician Program, you must have one year of marine mechanic experience or a completed marine technician school certificate. If you meet those requirements, applying to the Student Technician Program can be done by submitting a MarineMax employment application, a resume, a transcript from your marine technician program (if applicable), and one professional and one personal reference.

Don't wait. Apply today and secure your future for tomorrow! For more details, contact Chris Butts, Program Director, at (727) 287-4228 or via email at

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