Marine Service Technician

Marine Service Technicians service, repair, refit and upgrade commercial and pleasure boats, power and sail.

They perform structural, cosmetic, electrical, electronic and mechanical work on boats. They also set and tune rigging and haul and store boats.

Marine Service Technicians are the people that keep fishing boats running, keep workboats on the water and service the multitude of pleasure boats on Nova Scotia’s rivers, lakes and coasts.

On September 4th 2012, “Marine Service Technician” was designated as a Trade in Nova Scotia.

Where do Marine Service Technicians work?

  • Boat yards
  • Marinas
  • Yacht clubs
  • Marine dealerships

What do Marine Service Technicians do?

Service and repair boat systems such as:

  • Hull and topside structure
  • Marine electrical/electronics
  • Marine piping and mechanical
  • Marine engine and propulsion

Where can you get MST skills training?

Do you have MST experience and want to challenge for Certification?

If you already have extensive experience working as a Marine Service Technician, you can challenge for MST Trade Qualification by applying to the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) to take the MST Certification exam.

The NSAA is currently offering a discounted cost of challenging for the MST Certification exam until June 2017. The discounted cost is $148.18 – significantly less than the usual $740.77 (prices and fees are subject to change without notice). This fee is payable to the MINISTER OF FINANCE.

But first, you have to make sure you can satisfy certain requirements, including the following:

  • You have to have at least 10,800 hours of MST-related work experience, or approximately 6 years over the past 10 years
    • You can provide documentation to support your related work experience, such as letters from employers
    • You can provide two references confirming your competence as an MST

It’s advisable to prepare for the multiple choice exam as the MST trade is broad in scope and your regular work may not span all of it. You can prepare in several ways:

  • Review the MST exam sections and weighting here
  • Review the MST Trade Standard on the NSAA website to see the range of skills involved
  • Take the 3 day MST exam prep course next scheduled for early Mar 2017 in Halifax. Contact NSBA for details.

Further information on the MST Certification application process can be found on the NSAA website.


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