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Outboard Marine Student Earns Inline Certification

Outboard Marine Student Earns Inline Certification

(Conway, SC) 12/13/2022

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is proud to announce that Corey Meek, current HGTC Outboard Marine Student, has successfully completed the Inline Systems Certification at the Yamaha Marine University Instructor Led Training in Kennesaw, Georgia. Meek was sponsored by Mickey Thompson, President of Sportsman’s Choice Marine in Longs, to attend the training.

A man works on a Yamaha engine

Corey Meek works in the labs at Yamaha Training facility in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Earning the certification is a huge accomplishment for students as the training was previously only available for those employed at dealerships. Yamaha Marine recently made the instructor led training available to students in partnering trade schools and technical colleges. Meek was one of the first students to successfully complete the program.

“Yamaha has proven that they are committed to training the next generation of Marine Technicians. Not only will these select few have Yamaha Maintenance Certification Program (MCP) but will also have advanced credentials along the Yamaha Master Technician pathway. This makes them more desirable to Yamaha dealers for employment,” said Kenyon Ward, Yamaha Training Coordinator.

The certification will make graduates stand-out strongly in the job market.

Yamaha Marine Group has been a dedicated industry partner needed to ensure the success of the program. Yamaha Marine University has consistently praised the success of the HGTC program as a national training model, as well as the exemplary leadership of Professor Matt Springs.

The Outboard Marine Technology program runs for three semesters and provides training that covers all components and functions of an outboard engine including service, diagnostic electrical systems, rigging, propellers, lubrication, lower units, and fuel systems. After completion of the program, students will obtain skill sets needed to enter the workforce as an Outboard Engine Technician.

The HGTC Outboard Marine Technology program is the only one in the state of South Carolina and has the highest industry placement rate of Yamaha partner institutions in the nation. The program is full through the fall of 2023.