Marine mechanics classes forming


A new class in the Marine Mechanics Skills for Life program is enrolling applicants now for a class set to begin Nov. 7.


The classes will operate each week, 5:30- 9 p.m, Monday-Thursday, from Nov. 7 through March 7. Classes will be at the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp.’s (OCIC) offices on Ohio 163 in Oak Harbor.

Designed as an open entry and open exit hands-on program, participants will master the skills of the marine trade in 16 weeks of classroom and hands-on training. The participant who completes the requirements of this program can work at any marina around the nation. 

Students are trained in the proper use of all tools used in the marine mechanic industry. This includes diagnosis, repair and replacement of all components of outboard motors, stern drive motors, as well as the maintenance and repair practices of seasonal marine work. Participants also receive a work ethics certification and first aid/CPR and boating education certification provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division. 

Supported by several local marinas, the classes are made possible by a collaborative effort of the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corporation, Penta Career Center and WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. Estimated cost for the class is $3,300, with financial assistance possible through workforce training programs.

For more information on how to enroll in this program, call George Dupey at 419-334-3332.

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