Ocean City College tries to ensure that our students learn for life. Our teaching gives them the knowledge they need to prepare for their future careers.
We use a variety of study methods, offering a more inclusive form of teaching, to provide students with a better chance of success. This teaching approach is particularly designed to match the students’ different learning styles.
A mechanic works with a finely-tuned engine. On a daily basis you could be repairing vehicles that have developed a problem or have been involved in an accident. You may also be involved in regular maintenance to keep vehicles operating in peak condition.
The outlook for mechanic jobs remains strong. In fact, as vehicles become more complicated and as government standards become more stringent properly maintaining them will require professional servicing. You may find employment in several different venues, for example, local garages and national chains. There are also opportunities for mechanics wherever you find a large fleet of vehicles, for example, police agencies, taxi companies and even the armed forces.
We have a large motor vehicle workshop which is used as a realistic working environment in order to teach a range of qualifications and levels. You can be sure of great support from us throughout your course. We have excellent links with local and national employers to help you find the right job.
Marine crafts people work for shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion companies. In smaller marinas and boatyards, they work for boat-building, repair and maintenance firms; this could range from building hulls on sea-going vessels to restoring the fixtures and fittings on traditional narrowboats.
As a marine craftsperson, you would use carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding and painting skills, as well as more traditional maritime craft skills like rigging and sailmaking. You would work with materials ranging from wood and steel plate, to glass- or fibre-reinforced plastics (GRP/FRP). On smaller marine craft, your duties could include:
- marking out construction materials using engineering design templates
- welding, cutting and shaping parts or sections
- assembling boat sections and pipework
- installing engines
- ‘fitting out’ the vessel with furnishings, navigation and communications equipment, heating and lighting and, if appropriate, rigging.
In a dockyard or shipyard, you are more likely to work on larger ships, tankers and oil and gas platforms for offshore sites.
The aim of this course is to offer students a flexible range of units in a specialized learning package that delivers the basics of cycle mechanics leading to a qualification.
Progression can lead to an apprenticeship scheme, employment or further training.