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Full-time Careers in Boating Available

Thursday, September 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Liz Szlaga

As many of us just sent our kids off to high school, college, the trades, or out into the workforce, I feel it is a great time to share some good news for those who may enjoy working in the boating industry in Michigan.


Like many other industries, the boating industry in Michigan has been faced with a workforce shortage for many years. The past 3 years, MBIA has been working with educational and workforce development partners to create educational opportunities for those interested in careers in the boating industry. We are happy to announce that programs are coming soon to the Great Lakes Boat Building School in the U.P., Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College in January 2020.


Michigan’s boating industry is big business. Michigan is the 3rd largest marine market in the country and in 2018 our state exceeded $1 billion in new boats, motors, trailers and accessory sales. Boating has a $7.8 billion economic impact on our state’s economy every year. We’ve experienced nine consecutive years of growth with a growing market and an aging workforce there is an increasing demand for quality employees.  Currently there are shortages in all career categories, but the most critical shortage is for marine technicians. The 2020 programs will be focused on marine technicians.


Important for all to know is that jobs in our industry are not seasonal – they are year-round, unless you specifically ask for seasonal. Marine technician training is suitable for all ages and backgrounds -- those straight out of high school and those in mid-life looking for a change or an exciting new career.  And don’t be scared off by the term engine technician or mechanic.  Like automotive, newer boat service and repair involve computers more than tools.  Marine service technicians are in high-demand and jobs are paying anywhere from $35,000 - $80,000 per year with transferrable skills.


There's nothing better than making your passion your profession. If you or your child is interested in boating, keep this in mind.  If you are interested, we are taking names of individuals who want to be notified as soon as our Marine Education program is open for registration.  Interested individuals should email us at BoatMichigan@mbia.org


Discover more about the boating industry and industry careers under the resources section at www.boatmichigan.org.  Also, plan to visit the Detroit Boat Show, January 18 – 26, 2020 for Career Days.

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