In the midst of an engine technician shortage across the marine industry— including on the Bay— Evinrude Outboard Motors is making a record-breaking donation to help train future marine techs.
On February 14 at the Miami International Boat Show, Evinrude, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation and the National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) announced that the outboard marine engine manufacturer will donate two million dollars’ worth of ETEC G2 3.4-liter engines and training program packages.
According to the company, it’s the largest donation of its kind in recreational boating history. The assets will go to train high school and college students across North America. NMDA will provide matching funds as needed to cover the cost of tools, test tanks and shipping.
Evinrude senior V.P. and general manager Tracy Crocker said, “By donating Evinrude engines and our training curriculum, we are providing the tools necessary to increase the number of certified professionals trained to service modern, technologically-advanced direct fuel-injection engines….while meeting dealer demands for additionally trained and talented employees.”
ABYC is a globally-known nonprofit member organization based in Annapolis that develops recreational marine safety standards and programs. The association is contributing its accredited Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology curriculum, which includes instructor guides, presentations, and sample tests.
“ABYC is focused on addressing the shortage of qualified marine technicians by developing and marketing an accredited technical education program,” said ABYC president John Adey.
NMDA executive director Nancy Cueroni said, “This donation from Evinrude is a historic step in support of marine education and we are thrilled to partner with Evinrude and ABYC to make this program possible.”
Schools can apply through the ABYC Foundation by clicking here.