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Boat Manufacture and Service, Marine Propulsion Systems & Other Marine Trades Education and Training

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Founded in 1963, Carteret Community College is one of 59 institutions comprising the N.C. Community College System. With more than 100 courses to choose from, students can pursue programs leading to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. The college transfer curriculum is one of the most popular programs, and enables students to obtain an associate in arts or associate in science degree and transfer to a four-year institution. Additionally, the college offers a variety of Corporate and Community Education courses to provide general education opportunities for upgrading job skills, gaining certification, and satisfying personal interests.

The student body consists of approximately 1,900 curriculum and 4,500 continuing education students, reflecting a rich diversity of age, income, ethnicity and educational background.

A part of the Carteret College, the North Carolina Marine Training and Education Center (NC MARTEC) is the only comprehensive marine technology training facility in the Mid Atlantic region. The state of the art marine technology training facility is located on the Carteret Community College campus in Morehead City, and the facility is on the shores of the Bogue Sound which is part of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway.

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Academic Programs

Marine Propulsion Systems Programs

  • Certificate in Marine Propulsion Systems (15 credits): The in-depth curriculum program is consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory exercise, and live projects to hone troubleshooting skills. The focus includes the 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard engine from the lower unit to the power head and how to rig the vessel when finished. Graduates will qualify for entry level technician work at boat maintenance facilities. They also qualify for parts department sales and ordering engine components.

Boat Manufacture and Service Programs

  • Diploma in Marine Services: This is a 38-39 credit program
  • Diploma in Composite Boat Manufacturing: This is a 40-41 credit program
  • Certificate in Composite Boat Manufacturing: This is a 15 credit program
  • Certificate in Marine Services: This is a 14 credit program
  • Course work includes reading and interpreting marine blueprints, manuals, and other documents common to the industry; lofting; constructing forms and mold-making; application of concepts and techniques in composite, and fiberglass; marine woodworking; interior finishing; and marine mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Graduates may find employment with boat/yacht manufacturers, service yards, dealerships doing commissioning work, and companies doing custom boat building.

Marine Trades Courses

  • Boat Plumbing Systems: This course is an introduction to the plumbing systems used on modern yachts.
  • Composite Production: This course introduces composite equipment and manufacturing techniques utilized in industry for mass producing composite parts from composite molds.
  • Intro to Marine Woodworking: This course introduces woodworking techniques common to boat manufacturers and repair yards including setting up and adjustment of tools and equipment.
  • Introduction to Outboards: This course introduces the principles of outboard engine construction, operation, and internal combustion component parts.
  • Marine Diesel I: This course teaches basic skills in diagnosing and repairing marine diesel engines.
  • Marine Diesel II: This course is a continuation of Marine Diesel I and will cover more advanced topics related to the maintenance and theory of operations of main propulsion engines.
  • Marine Joinery: This course builds on Marine Woodworking and introduces constructing advanced joinery projects utilizing modern boat shop tools and equipment.
  • Marine Outboard Engine Repair: This program covers 2 and 4-stroke outboard engines and the systems used on each. Maintenance and repair will be the focus for this class.
  • Marine Spray Finishing: This course covers the fundamental techniques used in the preparation and application of marine finishes, using modern coatings and spray equipment common to the marine manufacturing and service industry.
  • Outboard Powerhead Systems: This course introduces basic powerhead designs and functions on a variety of outboard makes and models.


Carteret Community College is a full-service, fully-accredited all-purpose college offering a wide-range of curriculum and corporate and community education programs in business technology, photographic technology, health sciences, college transfer, and a number of other modern programs.

  • Campus: Located in Morehead City, North Carolina, the college lies on the shores of the beautiful Bogue Sound - part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Accreditation: Carteret Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree, diploma and certificate.
  • Small Business Center (SBC): The Small Business Center (SBC) is a state supported resource with only one purpose for its existence and that is to support the entrepreneurial efforts of the members of this community.
  • Student Housing: Carteret Community College does not have dormitory or boarding facilities. All housing inquiries are directed to the Carteret County Realtor's Association or to online newspapers or rental advertisements.
  • Cooperative Education: Students considering cooperative education should be enrolled in an appropriate program of study, have completed the first year of the program of study, and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.