Careers and Training

Consider a Career in the Marine Trades

Whether you are just getting started thinking about a career, or maybe thinking about a career change, the marine trades in Maine is an industry full of opportunity and you can be part of it. America’s marine industry began in Maine and today it combines centuries-old traditional skills with some of the most cutting-edge technologies of the future. Maine hosts hundreds of companies involved in products and services such as:

  • Boat Building
  • Marine Engineering and Design
  • Marine Electronics
  • Sail Making and Rigging
  • Management
  • Woodworking and Joinery
  • Marine Mechanics and Systems
  • Painting and Finishing
  • Equipment Operations
  • Yacht Captains
  • Sales and Marketing
  • …and MORE

 

The marine trades allow you to use your skills in fields like math, drafting, electronics, mechanics, woodworking and chemistry to build a lucrative and rewarding career. You can also be involved in the exciting field of composite technology. Approximately 90% of Maine boat builders utilize composite technologies in their work today. Not only that, the skills used in composite technology are in high demand around the world. Contact us for more information about career opportunities in the marine trades industry.

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Training

The Landing School
Maine is fortunate to be home to The Landing School, one of the top marine industry training centers in the United States. The Landing School in Arundel is also the only school in the world offering accredited programs in yacht design, wooden boat building, composite boat building and marine systems under one roof – and the only residential yacht design degree program in the United States. The Landing School is an innovative training ground for the future of the marine industry, providing men and women pursuing their passion for boats with the education and inspiration to turn their passion into a career.
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Southern Maine Community College 
The Composite Science and Manufacturing program at SMCC’s Brunswick Campus provides education and real-world experiences in a state-of-the-art lab that prepares students for entry into the composites manufacturing industry. Students who earn the Composites certificate begin by taking the technical courses required for a job in the field. The program is designed to provide students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are essential for today’s composite manufacturing industries.
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Current Job Openings

These job openings represent some of the positions available with companies who are members of the Maine Marine Trades Association (MMTA). MMTA does not provide employment services. Please contact each listing member directly if you would like more information about any of these positions. Please note that MMTA is not responsible for immediate removal of any position that has been filled.

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Yard Operations- Camden & Thomaston

Date Posted: May 20, 2019

Yard Crew Foreman -Camden

Lyman Morse at Wayfarer in Camden is looking for a full time Yard Crew Foreman. Person must have previous experience operating travel lifts and Brownell trailers. Knowledge of safety procedures and managing a crew is preferred. Benefits include vacation time, health insurance & 401K. Email job applications and resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com. Visit our website to obtain a job application at www.lymanmorse.com.

 

Marine Travel Lift Operator -Thomaston

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston is looking for a person to operate the travel lift, hydraulic trailer, crane and forklift.  Mechanical background is a plus. Benefits include vacation time, health insurance & 401K. Email job applications and resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com. Visit our website to obtain a job application at www.lymanmorse.com.

Various Technicians -Portland

Date Posted: May 15, 2019

Portland Yacht Services has openings for Paint Shop, Systems, Outboard and Rig Shop technicians.

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY

Technicians will be responsible for:

  • Doing quality work as efficiently as possible, in a timely manner, in accordance with customer needs and company schedules
  • Assuring that proper diagnosis is done before work starts on a job
  • Make recommendations and take action to reduce costs in the maintenance and repair function

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

  • The Technician reports directly to the Shop Manager

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Requirements for this position include a High School Diploma(or GED) and at least 4 years of experience as a leisure and commercial boat  Technician.

For more information about benefits or to apply, contact Portland Yacht Services here.

Assistant Store Manager -Portland

Date Posted: April 25, 2019

Hamilton Marine Portland is now seeking an Assistant Store Manager to add to our Leadership team!

Listed below is a summary of the position and the essential functions of the job.

Summary: An HM Store Assistant Manager is the Manager’s right-hand person and represents the Manager in their absence. They are often the communication link between the Manager and the team, responsible for upholding expectations and assisting with employee development. This person must share the company’s opinion that each of our coworkers are essential to the success of the company and work to provide an employment experience that represents our Hamilton family traditions while focusing on the needs of our customers and the business.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position assists the Store Manager as part of a supervision team for retail sales and store support team members at their Hamilton Marine location

A completed Hamilton Marine Employment Application is required to apply. These can be found on the Employment Page of our website or at any of our retail stores. If you are interested in applying for this opening, please provide a completed application, resume and a cover letter describing why you are the best candidate for this leadership position. Resumes and completed applications may be emailed to jmacleod@hamiltonmarine.com or dropped off with a CREW member at any of our store locations.

This is an hourly position and the wage will be negotiated on a case by case basis at the time of the offer. EOE

 

Part Time Captain -Boothbay Area

Date Posted: April 25, 2019

Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast is looking to hire a part time captain. The position will be mostly in the Boothbay area, patrolling between Pemaquid Point and Cape Small.

With the occasional trip to Portland, and other parts of the coast not out of the question.

Applicant must have a 6 pack U.S.C.G near coastal operators license, or greater, with a assistance towing endorsement. Applicant must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test,and will be enrolled in a drug consortium and subject to random drug testing.

Hours are 0800 to 2000, with some night work.

Applicant must be familiar with the local waters, an exceptional boat handler, calm under pressure, and good with the public.

Should the right applicant not have the towing endorsement, we can teach and test that in house.

Contact Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast at 207-772-6724 or bkwhite@seatow.com

Hamilton Marine -Five Locations

Date Posted: April 25, 2019

Hamilton Marine has multiple openings in our retail stores up and down the Maine coast!

Do you love helping people? Hamilton Marine is looking for people who are passionate about great customer service to guide our customers and give them a great shopping experience!

Do you love all things “boat”? Would you like to share your boating or marine knowledge and experience with people and get paid for it?

We have Full Time, year-round opportunities as well as Temporary/Seasonal openings in our retail stores and on our warehouse teams. Please see the employment page on our website for a current list of openings in our 5 locations.

Full time positions come with a generous benefit package, and for the right candidate, a seasonal position could lead to year round position! EOE

To apply for any open positions:

A completed Hamilton Marine Job Application is required. Applications are available on the Employment Page at hamiltonmarine.com, or at any of our five stores. Resumes and completed applications may be emailed to jmacleod@hamiltonmarine.com or dropped off with a CREW member at any of our store locations.

Yard Laborer -Yarmouth

Date Posted: April 16, 2019

This positon requires performing all types of boatyard work. Work requirements may change frequently as jobs and seasons change. For example, in the spring and summer it may consist of scraping bottoms, painting, detailing boats, as well as buffing and waxing. In the fall, the work may include but not limited to
framing and shrink wrapping boats.

Applicants must be able to lift/carry at least 50 lbs. and be willing to work outdoors. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Benefits: Full time year round with an exceptional benefit package for the right person after a 60 day probation period has been completed.

For more information or to submit an application, please stop by the Royal River Boat office at 307 Bayview St, Yarmouth, ME. You can send your resume to:  forinfo@royalriverboat.com and please visit our website at royalriverboat.com.

Various Positions -Trenton & Southwest Harbor

Date Posted: April 15, 2019

The Hinckley Company is a world-renowned builder of premium jetboats and sailing craft located in beautiful Downeast Maine, and operates service yards in 5 different states.

The Hinckley Company is currently seeking skilled technicians for a variety of trades including marine diesel mechanics, marine electricians, marine carpenters, marine painters and fiberglass technicians.   These are fulltime year round positions for both our production facility located in Trenton, ME and our service yard in Southwest Harbor, ME.

We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits including:

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with company match
  • Paid Time Off

Please send resumes to:

HinckleyHR@HinckleyYachts.com

Or

Visit our website for a full list positions available at all our locations and apply today!

www.hinckleyyachts.com/careers

Systems Technician -Harpswell

Date Posted: April 15, 2019

Great Island Boat Yard is in search of a full-time, Systems Technician. We currently have an excellent team of six (6) Systems Technicians, but wish to expand our team to serve our customers as the business continues to grow. Duties include marine system installation, maintenance, decommissioning and recommissioning. Great Island Boat Yard is a dealer, installer and maintainer for several marine systems manufacturing companies including: air conditioning, water makers, diesel heating, electronics, DC charging & distribution, and more.

Successful candidates will be detail oriented and energetic team players looking for physical work in a lively environment. Prerequisites include formal marine systems training and preferably marine system maintenance experience. Prerequisites also include the ability to lift, bend/crouch and wear a respirator as necessary.

This is a terrific opportunity to join a skilled team of professionals, servicing quality yachts in a first-class facility.

Please send your resume to: steve@greatislandboatyard.com. Thank you for your interest.

419 Harpswell Islands Road
East Harpswell, Maine 04079

Fiberglass Technician - Harpswelll

Date Posted: April 8, 2019

Great Island Boat Yard in Harpswell, Maine is currently seeking a full-time, year-round technician to join our growing Fiberglass Team. Working knowledge and experience with fiberglass is necessary, gel coat repair is a plus. This is a terrific opportunity to join a dynamic team of professionals servicing quality yachts in a first-class facility.

Successful candidates will have experience working with composites as well as basic math and carpentry skills.

Great Island Boat Yard is a family-run business, looking for happy, self-starting individuals. This position qualifies for our benefits plan. Competitive wage commensurate with experience.

For inquires please contact trevor@greatislandboatyard.com

419 Harpswell Islands Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079-3709, United States

Marine Systems Tech - Round Pond

Date Posted: April 2, 2019

We’re growing our team and looking for a person who is skilled in all aspects of marine systems (commissioning and decommissioning outboards and inboard engines, plumbing, sanitation, and electrical systems). Strong diagnostic abilities are necessary.

This full-time position is in a fast paced yard, you must be a self-motivated team player and able to work under minimal supervision. As a key member of our team, you’ll be given rewarding projects, great working conditions and competitive pay based on experience. We offer benefits, vacation and holiday pay.

Padebco has been servicing boats and building custom Downeast-style boats in Maine’s Mid-Coast for over 60-years. Our full-service boatyard offers marine services, hauling and storage for sail and power boats. We have earned a solid reputation for excellence by providing quality workmanship, top–notch service and attention to detail for all of the boats in our care.

Candidates must have a strong work ethic, be dependable, be able to multi-task and have a basic knowledge of boats and boating. Successful candidates must work well with others, be detail oriented and provide quality service to our boating clients. Conditions of employment include; background check, ability to lift/carry 50 pounds, valid driver’s license with a clean record, and be authorized to work in the United States.

 

Send resume to Padebco@gmail.com

Carpenter - Harpswell

Date Posted: March 27, 2019

Great Island Boat Yard (Harpswell, Maine) now seeking an experienced marine carpenter to work on major refits. Assignments will range from custom interiors, to teak decks, and wooden boat restorations. Competitive wages and benefits.

We offer great benefits for full-time employees including:

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with 4% Employer Matching
  • 50% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
  • 100% Employee-Paid Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 48 Hours Paid Sick/Personal Time After 6 Months
  • Profit Sharing/Bonus Plan

Call 207-729-1639 or Email resume to steve@greatislandboatyard.com.

419 Harpswell Islands Rd

East Harpswell, Maine 04079

Yard Operations - Harpswell

Date Posted: March 27, 2019

Great Island Boat Yard is currently seeking a full-time, year-round employee to join our Yard Operations team. This is a dynamic position that is involved in many facets of our boat yard operation: hauling/launching; detailing; bottom painting; maintenance of the yard and buildings as necessary; framing and covering/uncovering boats.

Successful candidate will be a detail oriented and energetic team player looking for physical work in a lively environment. Prerequisites include having a valid driver’s license and the ability to lift heavy objects, bend/crouch, and wear a respirator as necessary.

This is a terrific opportunity to be part of a skilled team of professionals servicing quality yachts in a first-class facility.

Great Island Boat Yard is a family-run business, looking for happy, self-starting individuals. This position qualifies for our benefits plan. Competitive wage, commensurate with experience.

Send your resume to our Operations Manager at trevor@greatislandboatyard.com

419 Harpswell Islands Rd
East Harpswell, ME 04079

Marine Systems Mechanic -Yarmouth

Date Posted: March 19, 2019

Royal River Boat Repair located on the beautiful Royal River in Yarmouth, Maine seeking a skilled-experienced marine mechanic to help service and repair all marine systems:  engine-water-waste-electrical and refrigeration.  We are looking for a quality worker with a good mechanical aptitude and strong pride in workmanship.

Our work week runs Monday through Friday with overtime and Saturday mornings encouraged during the busy season.

The qualified candidate must have their own tools and capable of completing tasks with little supervision, be in good physical condition and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

This is a full time year round employment  with very competitive pay and benefits:  medical insurance – sick and vacation time – 401K plan.

Please send your cover letter and resume to:  forinfo@royalriverboat.com and please visit our website at royalriverboat.com.

OUTBOARD/STERNDRIVE MECHANIC -Yarmouth

Date Posted: March 19, 2019

Royal River Boat Repair, located in Yarmouth, Maine on the beautiful Royal River, is seeking a qualified outboard and sterndrive mechanic.  We offer full time year round employment with benefits: Medical insurance – sick and vacation time – 401K plan.

Our work week runs Monday through Friday with overtime and Saturday mornings encouraged during the busy season.

The qualified candidate must have a 2 years experience and or a degree/certificate in marine engine repair, your own tools, a good work ethic and capable of completing tasks with little supervision. This position requires that you are in good physical condition and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

We are a Mercury marine dealer.  Having experience with Mercury and Mercrusier is a plus but not required.

Pay is based on experience.

Please send your cover letter and resume to:  forinfo@royalriverboat.com and please visit our website at royalriverboat.com

Finisher -Harpswell

Date Posted: March 12, 2019

Great Island Boat Yard is in search of full-time, year-round Finishers. We currently have an excellent team of yacht finish technicians, but wish to expand our team to serve our customers as our business continues to grow. Duties include both varnish and brush painting on boat interiors and exteriors. Successful candidates will be detail oriented and energetic team players looking for physical work in a lively environment. Prerequisites include marine finishing experience and the ability to lift, bend/crouch and wear a respirator as necessary. This is a terrific opportunity to join a skilled team of professionals, servicing quality yachts in a first-class facility. We offer great benefits for full-time employees including:

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with 4% Employer Matching
  • 50% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
  • 100% Employee-Paid Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 48 Hours Paid Sick/Personal Time After 6 Months
  • Profit Sharing/Bonus Plan

Please send your resume to: steve@greatislandboatyard.com Thank you for your interest.

419 Harpswell Islands Road
East Harpswell, Maine 04079

Marine Mechanic - Portland

Date Posted: February 1, 2019

Maine Yacht Center is currently seeking a marine mechanic/systems technician for a F/T, YR position. A strong, high quality work ethic, cleanliness and positive attitude are important. Working knowledge and experience in diesel engines and all aspects of yacht systems, including plumbing, sanitation, refrigeration/air-conditioning, AC/DC electrical  onboard both power and sailing vessels up to 75′ is required. Five years of experience is necessary and ABYC certifications are a plus. Candidate must be a self-starter, able to manage projects on their own and communicate directly with customers. MYC offers great new facilities, a modern working environment, interesting projects, training, and a competitive wage and benefit package. Position requires that you are in good physical condition and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Please send cover letter and resume to: info@maineyacht.com
Thank you for your interest.

Composites Department -Thomaston

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston is looking to fill immediate positions. Experience in open and close molding, vacuum bagging and infusion is preferred. Basic experience would be considered if open to additional training.  Benefits include vacation time, health insurance and 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Canvas Fabricator -Camden

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

Lyman Morse at Wayfarer in Camden is looking for a Canvas Fabricator to join our busy shop.  A successful candidate would be proficient in canvas fabrication including dodgers, Biminis, enclosures, repairs and cushions. Benefits include vacation time, health insurance & 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Aluminum Welders -Thomaston

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

Lyman Morse Fabrication in Thomaston has full time positions available for aluminum welders for new boatbuilding projects. Previous work experience on boats a plus. Benefits include vacation time, health insurance and 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Marine Systems -Thomaston/Camden

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

We are seeking Marine Systems Technicians for our Thomaston and Camden location. Looking for people with experience in all phases of plumbing & electrical systems as well as diesel & gas engines. ABYC Certification a plus. 5 + years of experience preferred.  Benefits include vacation time, health insurance & 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Electronics Technician -Thomaston

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

We are seeking an Electronics Technician for our Camden or Thomaston locations. Prefer ABYC and NMEA certifications.  Benefits include vacation time, health insurance & 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Varnish Department -Thomaston/Camden

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

Lyman Morse in Thomaston and Lyman Morse in Camden are looking for people with all levels of marine experience applying varnish by brush as well as other coatings on boats and small parts. Work would be in both our service and new build departments. Benefits include vacation time, health insurance and 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Yard Crew Foreman -Camden

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

Lyman Morse at Wayfarer is looking for a Yard Crew Foreman. Travelift operation experience is required. Hydraulic trailer and mechanical background a plus. Benefits include vacation time, health insurance & 401K. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Millwrights/Welders/Fabricators -Thomaston

Date Posted: January 31, 2019

Lyman Morse is looking for experienced site workers for a 3 month project starting immediately. Minimum of 3 years of experience preferred. Long hours and per diem available. Email resumes to steph@lymanmorse.com

Promoting Growth, Prosperity &
Cooperation Within the Marine
Industry in Maine

Promoting Growth, Prosperity &
Cooperation Within the Marine
Industry in Maine