Build Your Story in Marine Technologies

In Warwick, the ocean is part of our everyday lives and, by default, so is marine technology. The WACTC Marine Technology program covers not only the care and maintenance of various craft, but also construction, material engineering and marina management, ensuring our students are well-rounded and ready for the workforce.

The WACTC Marine Trades program partners with local businesses and organizations, including: Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, ABYC, New England Institute of Technology, CL Marine, Salk’s Hardware and Marine, Stanley’s Boatyard, GOETZ Boats, and Greenwich Bay Marinas.

The Marine Trades program currently achieves a 100% graduation rate.

Articulation Agreements

New England Institute of Technology provides seven credits at this time. The articulation agreement is being renegotiated with the adoption of the Rhode Island/American Boat and Yacht Council curriculum.


Students who meet all requirements will earn a ABYC Journeyman Certificate which is a document recognized by marine facilities coast to coast, on the Gulf, and around the Great Lakes.


The curriculum was developed by the Rhode Island Career Center Marine Technology teachers in cooperation with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). The ABYC has adopted the curriculum for use by schools across the country.

Year One

Boating safety and handling, marlinspike seamanship, boat design and construction, boat repair, fiberglass construction and repair, outboard and inboard engine mechanics, marine electrical systems, wood joinery and finishes, and vessel transportation.

Year Two

Application of the year one, hands-on competencies plus structural repairs of boat floors, decks and transoms, rigging and re-rigging, engine diagnostics, and marina metal construction techniques.

Year Three

Additional hands-on activities involving more complex problems and, during the second semester, opportunities for internships.