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Boat Manufacture and Service & Marine Trades Education and Training & USCG Programs in Morehead City, North Carolina

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Established 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 & Training Programs

Marine Trades Programs

  • Composite Boat Manufacturing Diploma: 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.
  • Marine Services Diploma: Graduates may find employment with boat/yacht manufacturers, service yards, dealerships doing commissioning work, and companies doing custom boat building.
  • Marine Services Certificate: The Boat Manufacturing Service Technology program prepares students for employment in the manufacture and service of boats. Students learn the basic of boat design and the implementation of those designs in various components and/or complete boats or yachts.
  • Marine Propulsion Systems Certificate: The Marine Propulsion System is designed to train marine technicians to service the outboard marine industry. 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.
  • Composite Boat Manufacturing Certificate: Topics include - Part Fabrication, Understanding Lines Drawings, Shop & Tool Safety, and Cost Analysis.

Other Vocational Trade Programs

  • Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology Degree
  • Basic Diesel Certificate

Marine Captains Courses

Other Maritime & Boating Courses

  • Able Seaman: The Able Seaman course is a USCG approved course necessary for all seafaring mariners to work on the decks of large commercial vessels (NC Ferry Division, Tugs & Freighters).
  • USCG Auxiliary Boating America: This course satisfies the North Carolina boating safety education requirement and is required for any person to operate a vessel who was born after January 1, 1998.
  • USCG Auxiliary Local Knowledge: United States Coast Guard course. Topics include: Navigating our local waterways from Cape Lookout to Beaufort and the ICW from Neuse River to Broad Creek.

Marine Trades Courses

  • Boat Building Academy - Wood Shop: This course will instruct students in wood boat construction techniques, fundamentals of wood and woodworking tools, shop safety, and workplace success.
  • Boat Building Academy - Cold Molded Hull Construction: This course instructs students in Cold Molded Hull construction techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of wood and woodworking tools, shop safety, and workplace success.
  • Boat Building Academy - Traditional Wood Skiff: This course will instruct students to build a Traditional Downeast Wood Skiff. The students will build a skiff using traditional materials and techniques.
  • Intro to Composites, Working with Fiberglass: This course covers the fundamental techniques utilized in working with resins, fabrics, and adhesives, with special emphasis on composite material safety.
  • Composite Tool/Mold Construction: This course covers the composite tooling process, including new mold designs for closed molding and infusion manufacturing techniques.
  • Composite Production: This course introduces composite equipment and manufacturing techniques utilized in industry for mass producing composite parts from composite molds.
  • Marine Diesel - Operations and Maintenance: The Marine Diesel - Operations and Maintenance course is designed to teach anyone interested in maintenance and repair on Marine Diesel engines at the owner/operator level.
  • 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.
  • Intro to Marine Woodwork: This course introduces woodworking techniques common to boat manufacturers and repair yards including setting up and adjustment of tools and equipment.
  • Marine Joinery - Wood & Cabinetry: This course builds on Marine Woodworking and introduces constructing advanced joinery projects utilizing modern boat shop tools and equipment.
  • Modern Woodworking with Computer Aided Drafting & Computer Navigated Cutting CAD/CNC: This course will instruct students on the operation of a modern Computer Navigated Cutting (CNC) machine while utilizing Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software.


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.