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Outboard & Inboard, Technical Skill Set, Service Management, and Business Opportunity Training & Specialist Certification Programs by MCTINA

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The Marine Career Training Institute of North America (MCTINA) is a non-profit, de facto standard for marine technical education offering students a combination of hands-on field training combined with online technical forums. Association of Marine Technicians (AMTECH) has been dissolved and re-branded as the Alumni of MCTINA Technicians which is a support/recognition and certification affiliate of MCTINA. The National Marine Service Expo (NMSE) is MCTINA's premier educational event and NMSE is held each January.

MCTINA & NMSE programs are available in one and two-day training workshops. Many courses can be modified to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization and they can be lengthened, if necessary, to provide more comprehensive training. While many technicians currently employed in the industry cannot afford to lose work to attend school for training, they may find MCTINA very convenient; in many cases, training is available in a location not too far from home. MCTINA training can provide advanced technology training on a specific system, or basic core fundamental skills.

NMSE training programs are conducted at WyoTech, Daytona Campus, Florida.

Certification & Training Programs


AMTECH/MCTINA Specialist Program (Certifications)

  • Outboard Engine Specialist
  • Inboard I/O Engine Specialist
  • Advanced Systems Specialist (combines both OB and Inboard)
  • This program recognizes technicians who complete MCTINA training paths in the areas of outboard and inboard I/O propulsion and systems training. This designation is recognized by MCTINA. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational association, MCTINA helps promote all students who fulfill the course requirements for their area of specialization. All National Marine Service Expo course credits that meet the training path requirements will apply toward this recognition. Any student who has taken approved MCTINA training courses within the last five years (2011 and later) will also qualify to have the credit transferred to their specialist path of choice. Once the required numbers of credits are successfully completed, the student will qualify to take the final exam to gain AMTECH recognition for the following specialties.

Outboard Training (OB Series)

  • Outboard 4-Stroke Systems Technology (2 days): This course is designed to teach the basics of four-cycle gasoline outboard theory as well as the terminology, measuring instruments, special tools and diagnostic software necessary for work on these engines. Extensive hands-on labs will be used during this course.
  • Evinrude E-TEC Outboard DFI Technology 91 day): In this course students will understand the theory of the fuel, oiling, and electrical systems used on Evinrude E-TEC outboard motors. Students will learn maintenance procedures and complete basic system analysis tasks. Students will use diagnostic software for retrieving trouble codes, and view the process for updating engine software and changing injectors.
  • Yamaha Engine Maintenance and Service (2 days): This course will improve your skills in servicing and diagnosing Yamaha two and four-stroke engine systems. Included will be the operation and fundamental troubleshooting procedures for HPDI (High Pressure Direct Injection) and four-stroke EFI fuel and electrical systems. VVT (Variable Valve Timing) operation, servicing and troubleshooting will also be covered. The latest Yamaha Technical Bulletins will be reviewed that relate to 2 and 4 stroke engine system issues.
  • Mercury Verado Maintenance and Service (1 day): This course will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to start taking Mercury Verado engines into your shop for maintenance, service and troubleshooting. Items covered include engine specifications, theory of operation, operating ranges, engine component locations, service procedures, special tools, maintenance and service, parts manuals, troubleshooting strategies, fault codes, break-in procedures, and common failures, FSM functionality, supercharged intake system, and do's and don'ts.
  • Mercury Optimax Maintenance & Troubleshooting (2 days): This course will sharpen your existing Optimax maintenance and troubleshooting skills. It is designed to bring you to the next “level” after completing OB-301, Outboard DFI. Items covered include engine specifications, theory of operation, diagnosing of the air/fuel delivery systems, operating ranges, engine component locations, maintenance/service procedures, special tools, troubleshooting strategies, fault codes, break-in procedures, common failures, service bulletins as well as do’s and don'ts.
  • Honda Maintenance and Troubleshooting (2 days): In this course they will examine the popular Honda 225 horsepower four stroke engine. The course will cover many routine maintenance items as well as items that if done as “Predictive Maintenance” will allow for many years of trouble free service. There are some items that are similar to other outboard engines but require a different approach to traditional maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. Computerized software reports as well as typical sensor values will be discussed.

Inboard Training (IO Series)

  • Marine EFI Sterndrive and Inboard 2001 to Current Systems (1 day): This class covers Mercruiser ECM and PCM 555 systems for a better understanding of how to properly diagnose using scan tools and other diagnostic equipment. Also other related components will be covered including ignition systems, fuel systems and sensors to help the technician with testing methods for proper repairs the first time, along with proper maintenance.
  • Install & Service Bravo, Alpha Drives and Transom Assembles (2 days): This course will cover the installation and servicing of Bravo 1,2,3 and its transoms assemble. The course will also highlight the service of the Alpha drive. With the Alpha drive its important to understand that although the Mercruiser Alpha drive can be replaced with aftermarket drives for less money, they too will need servicing that require the same service tools. During this course the instructor will concentrate on the problem areas that are typically found in the field, and he will discuss the service bulletins that pertain to correcting these problems.
  • Marine Catalyst Systems  (1 day): This class will cover gasoline marine catalyst systems and all the related systems. Topics covered will start out with the benefits of having a catalyst system in marine applications and the problems that can arise with marine catalyst systems. System components will be covered in-depth, along with proper maintenance, winterization and summerization.

Technical Skill Set Training (SS Series)

  • Marine Electrical Systems Troubleshooting (Prerequisite Course) (2 days): Finally, understand how electricity works! This course provides students with the proper fundamental knowledge and theory of electricity and how it interfaces with marine systems. Topics to be covered are: basic DC electricity theory; ohm's law; magnetism; wire sizing; parallel and series circuits; batteries; basic wiring; switching devices; isolators; battery combiners; advanced battery systems; typical 20 foot boat wiring layout; understanding multimeters and other test equipment and hands on advanced troubleshooting techniques using circuit simulators. ABYC specifications are discussed throughout the course.
  • CAN Bus Systems Technology (Prerequisite Course) (2 days): This course will explain the architecture of the CAN Bus, how it works and the various versions used today. Not all CAN Bus systems are the same or compatible. Hands-on experience with a simplified CAN Bus system is used.

MCTINA Service Management Series

  • The Master Service Advisor Workshop (1 day): The Service Advisors job can be one of the most difficult at the dealership. The best advisors know how to support the challenges of the job with efficient processes that nurture relationship building with their customers. This module will look at what lessons can be learned by these top advisors. Their mindset, their tools and their habits are all things that can be modeled to improve CSI, profitability results and job enjoyment.
  • The Profitable, Proactive Shop (1 day): This content rich workshop looks at what can be done to flip the switch from reactive business practices. Being proactive builds customer loyalty, saves you money, time and makes the work more manageable. They will look at what needs to happen every step of the way to ensure things are being fixed right the first time: scheduling, write up, parts procurement, customer communication, repair, quality control and delivery.
  • Building Your Service Dream Team (1 day): There is only so much you can do on your own. To really grow your business, you need do build a really strong team. This workshop will provide you with easy to apply best practices being used by successful shops of all sizes to find, attract and retain quality workers.

Business Opportunity (Free Class)

  • Lehr propane outboard (2 days): This free course will not only teach you the ins and outs of how the Lehr propane engine works and you will learn how to trouble the motor, but more importantly, the instructor will show you how you can become a authorized dealer and make money with very little investment. Find out how a very small upfront investment, unlike other engine manufacturers, will help jump start your business to higher profitability.

Last updated: Apr 01, 2017

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