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Oklahoman becomes first Mercury certified-tech graduate

MarineMax immediately hired Jacob Parker and he started in the dealer’s six-month new technician training program.

The first student to graduate from Universal Technical Institute’s Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando with a designation as a Mercury Certified Technician is Jacob Parker of Wilson, Okla.

“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. “We are proud of Jacob Parker’s accomplishment and look forward to supporting him and other technicians receiving certification in the future.”

Parker completed MMI’s core maintenance program in addition to specific training in Mercury Marine technology and products. He is the first graduate of Mercury’s manufacturer-specific program, which give students the opportunity to achieve provisional certification as a factory-certified technician for Mercury Marine products. MMI is the only career technical education school in the country to offer a Mercury Marine certification program.

MarineMax immediately hired Parker and he started in the dealer’s six-month new technician training program.

“We are excited to have Jacob on our team,” MarineMax Technical Training Center instructor Chris Butts said in a statement. “Having the Mercury Certification is a benefit to our company because this gives him the basic knowledge of the Mercury products and allows us to advance him further through our training program so he can begin his career as a marine technician.”

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