Marine Mechanics, from left, back row: Jeffry Huebner of Sandusky, Larry Musgrove of Sandusky, Trevor Koeberlein of Toledo; kneeling: James Taylor of Port Clinton and Christopher Zibert of Port Clinton.
Two Port Clinton residents, two Sandusky residents and one from Toledo were among the five area residents who received their certification as marine mechanics at the graduation ceremony of the Skills for Life Marine Mechanics training program in Ottawa County recently.
“This program was a tremendous help to me,” said Trevor Koeberlein, one of the graduates. “Because I am trained as an auto mechanic, I thought I knew it all. I thought that would give me an edge. I got a surprise.”
Koeberlein said he learned that there are few similarities between auto and boat engines.
Earning Marine Mechanics certificates were James Taylor and Christopher Zibert of Port Clinton, Jeffery Huebner and Larry Musgrove of Sandusky, and Koerbelein of Toledo.
The graduates completed 16 weeks of classroom and hands-on training in the skills of a marine mechanic. The program focuses on the following key parameters: basic marine skills, outboard engines, stern drive repairs, fiberglass, OSHA training, customer service and First Aid and CPR trainings.
“I needed this program to help me at my current job,” Musgrove said. “This helps to make me more valuable at my job because now I can do more than move the boats around. I can take care of repairs.”
The Skills for Life Marine Mechanics program is a partnership of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC), Erie County Department of Job and Family Services, Penta Career Center and WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. It is also supported by area marinas and VOLVO PENTA of the Americas.
For more information on the Skills for Life Marine Mechanics program, call Todd Robinson at 419-334-8911.