Yamaha Marine and the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay have partnered to provide funding and equipment to Fort Myers Technical College to offer Yamaha’s new Maintenance Certification Program.
The effort, which is part of Yamaha’s goal to develop qualified marine technicians, received a $10,000 boost from the association to develop four modules of curriculum; Yamaha donated an F300 V6 outboard for hands-on instruction in the classroom.
“Like Yamaha, the MIA of SWFL&TB is dedicated to creating solid paths for marine technician career development,” said Yamaha marine training department manager Gregg Snyder in a statement. “Ft. Myers Technical College has a long history of providing exceptional instruction to students who choose to pursue careers as marine technicians. We applaud their efforts to work with Yamaha Marine and the Marine Industries Association to bring the four comprehensive modules of Yamaha’s Maintenance Certification Program to the college. Technicians who complete the program will enter the workforce prepared for success.”
Ft. Myers Technical College is a long-standing, active participant in Yamaha Marine’s Technical School Partnership program.
Launched in 2015, Yamaha’s program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used in the classroom for hands-on training.
The program reached its 100th member milestone in October.
“Technicians in our area of the state are in greater demand than ever before as we have one of the highest rates of boats per capita in the country,” said Mike Esterline, marine service technologies Instructor and department chair for specialized mechanics at the school. “Dealers here know technicians who complete Yamaha certification courses through our school are well versed in product knowledge and ready for real-world scenarios.”