The Marine Career Training Institute of North America has developed an Intermediate and Advanced Outboard FAST Track Engine School and will hold its first class February 25 to March 1 in Buckhead, Ga.
The program is for experienced mechanics who have a basic understanding of gasoline outboard motors and want to expand their skills and will consist of detailed instructions on two- and four-stroke outboards including intermediate and advanced troubleshooting and hands-on diagnostics.
The FAST course provides 40 hours of training to examine ignition, fuel and electronic and direct fuel-injection systems. Upon completion of the course, the students will be certified and will qualify to take an online final exam. Once he or she passes the final, the individual will be recognized by MCTINA as an AMTECH Outboard Specialist. Students can elect to take the course over two days instead of a full week.
Systems covered in the course include Mercury Optimax, Yamaha HPDI and Evinrude E-TEC two-strokes. Specifics covered are engine specifications, theory of operation, diagnosing air/fuel delivery, operating ranges, engine component locations, maintenance/service procedures, special tools, troubleshooting strategies, fault codes, break-in procedures, common failures and service bulletins. The four-stroke section will cover all the same areas plus the special tools and diagnostic software necessary to work on these motors. The advanced portion will focus on newer technologies and high-performance outboards.
Course tuition is $300 per day if courses are taken daily or $1,250 for the full week if registered in advance. Discounts are available for multiple technicians attending from the same company.
The outboard program will be held annually and MCTINA will develop a similar curriculum for inboard and stern drive engines.