The Yamaha Marine Technical School Partnership program (TSP) reached its 100th member milestone with the addition of Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska. Developed in 2015, Yamaha’s TSP program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used in the classroom for hands-on training.

Students from the first Yamaha Technical School Partner, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, stand among the Yamaha outboards used during class for marine technician training. Yamaha’s Technical School Partner program reached 100 members this month. (Photo: Business Wire)

“We know dealers need to recruit and retain qualified technicians. We also know there’s still a shortage of qualified marine technicians in the marketplace,” said Joe Maniscalco, Service Division Manager, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “Yamaha’s TSP program creates a student-to-technician pipeline for Yamaha dealers and provides technical schools with state-of-the-art, instructor-led courses and tools. Students graduate and start successful careers as marine technicians, and Yamaha dealers get exclusive access to recruit the best new talent in the industry. It’s a win-win program we will continue to expand and enhance.”

The facilitation and growth of Yamaha Marine’s technical school relationships led to the development of Yamaha-sponsored curricula available to technical schools for use in the classroom. The first curriculum, titled “Introduction to Outboard Systems,” (ITOS) includes textbook materials and hands-on learning experiences for students who wish to start a career as a marine industry technician. Students who successfully complete the course receive Yamaha Marine’s Introduction to Outboard Systems Certification. ITOS is a pre-requisite for Yamaha’s new Maintenance Certification Program (MCP), which is based on the 20, 100, 300, 500 and 1,000 maintenance procedures for Yamaha Outboards. MCP students will leave the Yamaha Technical School Partner with certified maintenance competencies that prepare them to be immediately profitable in Yamaha dealership service departments. Yamaha dealerships can take them on as apprentices or full-time technicians to help them continue to develop their skills.

In addition, Yamaha’s Government Relations team actively coordinates with state agencies to help ensure schools in the Technical School Partnership program have the accreditation they need to receive possible federal funding.

“As a representative of the first Yamaha Technical School Partner, I can say with certainty our students and the dealerships in our area have benefited greatly from the ITOS curriculum and hands-on training opportunities,” said Glen Bucholz, Marine and PowerSports Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College. “Yamaha’s efforts through the Technical School Partnership program are certainly outstanding in the industry. I am a firm believer in the effectiveness of the Introduction to Outboard Systems book. The company’s commitment to continued training and marine technician workforce development is strong, and the effort to bring qualified technicians to dealerships through this program works.”

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Current Yamaha Marine Technical School Partners

Marine Mechanics Institute Cape Fear Community College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Great Lakes Boat Building School
Hennepin Technical College Eldon R1 – Eldon Career Center
Suncoast Technical College Gloucester County Vocational Technical School
Lexington Technology Center Gateway Technical College
Tom P. Haney Technical Center Horry-Georgetown Technical College
McFatter Technical College East Troy Community School District
Mitchell Technical Institute Central Lakes College
Coral Shores High School Upper Bucks County Technical School
MotoRing Tech Training Institute Northern Neck Technical Center
Wexford Missaukee Career Technical Center Wawasee High School
Gibson Technical Center Tazewell County Career and Technical Center
Northeast Technology Center Lamar State College – Orange
Florida Keys Community College Bridge City ISD
Manatee Technical College Applied Technology Center – Rock Hill School District
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Chesapeake College
Fort Myers Technical College Lanier Technical College
Automotive Training Center Camden County High School
Eau Gallie High School Champlain Valley Technical School
National Park College Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
Marchman Technical College Southern Regional High School
Bixhorn Technical Center Top Wrench, Inc.
Tidewater Community College Sussex Tech Adult Division
Pinellas Technical College Delton Kellogg Schools
Ocean County Vocational Technical School WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.
South Tech Academy Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Alexandria Technical and Community College Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Carteret Community College Bates Technical College
Chattanooga State Community College, Motorcycle & Marine Service Technology Southern Maine Community College
Ehove Career Center Community College of Baltimore County
Riverside High School Arkansas State University – Beebe
Iowa Lakes Community College Skagit Valley College
George Stone Technical Center South Broward High School
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Cape May Tech
Canton State University of New York Worcester Technical High School
State Technical College of Missouri Essex North Shore Ag & Tech School
Lyme – Old Lyme High School Indian River State College
United Technology Center Palm Beach State College
New England Institute of Technology North Dakota State College of Science
Bucks County Technical High School Virginia Technical Institute
Monmouth County Vocational School District The Landing School
Mariner High School Macomb Community College
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College Northshore Technical Community College
Coastal Carolina Community College Okaloosa Technical College
Academy for Career Excellence West-MEC
Impact Institute IYRS School of Technology & Trades
Inlet Grove Community High School Manatee High School
Lorenzo Walker Technical College Port S. Lucie High School
Lake Career & Technical Center Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College