Universal Technical Institute, a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute campus in Orlando, Fla.
Marine Technician Specialist program students now can pursue and achieve provisional certification as factory-certified technicians for Mercury Marine outboard products.
MMI is the only career technical education school in the country with which Mercury Marine is offering this certification program.
There is no additional cost to MMI students to obtain the certification. Besides fulfilling MMI Marine program graduation requirements, students pursuing the certification must complete Mercury University components embedded in the 51-week marine technician training program, as well as additional online E-skills and distance-learning courses.
The Mercury Marine technician certification program was developed in partnership with Mercury Marine and its Mercury University division. Graduates can achieve a provisional factory certification for Mercury Marine outboard motors and will have partially completed the training requirements for certification for MerCruiser sterndrives. The provisional certification becomes active upon employment with a Mercury Marine dealership within two years of graduation.
"Investing in training qualified Mercury Marine technicians is an investment in our future," Mercury Marine director of field service development and operations Rob Schrage said in a statement. "Partnering with MMI was a natural fit for us to support the growing need for Mercury-trained technicians."
"This partnership is the latest reflection of our collaboration with our industry partners to train students with the skills employers want and validates MMI's position as the premier school for training marine service technicians," said Steve McElfresh, president of Marine Mechanics Institute and its sister campuses, Universal Technical Institute and Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, in Orlando. "We have been collaborating with Mercury on curriculum to equip our students with the skills their dealers need since 1998 and we are delighted to partner with Mercury to help train the next generation of certified Mercury technicians."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation will need more than 1.2 million automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine service technicians by 2024.