Ontario Marine Operators Association

Ontario Marine Operators Association
Careers in Boating

Careers in Boating
Georgian College

Georgian College

August 14, 2007 12:50 ET

There Is Still Time! 15 Scholarships Available for Marine Engine Mechanic Program at Georgian College

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2007) - Fifteen students enrolled in the Mechanical Techniques - Marine Engine Mechanic program at Georgian College this fall will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Ontario Marine Operators Association (OMOA).

A serious shortage of qualified skilled workers in the marine industry has prompted the OMOA to offer the scholarships. This creates a tremendous opportunity for students entering the Georgian College program.

"For every graduate of the Georgian College Marine Engine Mechanic program, approximately 10 jobs are available," states Al Donaldson, Executive Director of the OMOA.

Students will be trained at the new Recreational Boating Centre of Excellence at the Midland campus. This new skilled trades facility features state-of-the-art equipment and educational resources for optimum learning capabilities and will be instrumental in preparing students to move on to a career in the marine industry.

"It's not just about fixing engines or turning a wrench anymore" states program co-ordinator Rick Corbett. "Boats and their accessories are becoming more and more sophisticated and graduates find themselves gaining on the job training working on electronics, plumbing, HVAC, fiberglass and propulsion systems. Many graduates work in sales, service or parts and some go on to start their own marine businesses".

A career in the recreational boating industry has many rewards. With more than 70 per cent of the planet covered in water, graduates can work just about anywhere. It is challenging, fun, a great lifestyle and, due to the current and expected skills shortage in the future, can be very lucrative.

Registrations for the fall program are still being accepted. For more information on the program, contact Rick Corbett, program co-ordinator, at (705) 526-3666, ext. 333 or by e-mail at rcorbett@georgianc.on.ca. You can also visit the OMOA web site at www.marinasontario.com or the Georgian College web site at www.georgianc.on.ca

For additional information on careers in boating, contact Brian Allen, Manager Skills Development Program for the OMOA or please visit www.careersinboating.com.

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