How would you build a cardboard boat? Team Advisors & Race Judges Needed

Marine Service Technicians are sponsoring the cardboard boat races at the Delta Trades & Technology Fair. Team advisors and race judges are needed for this fun skills competition.

Thursday, April 27 @ the Sungod Recreation Centre in Delta 3 - 8 pm.

Ten teams of four, from grades 10 - 12, have 2 hours to build cardboard + duct tape boats before racing them across the Sungod pool.

image source: RMR: Rick at the Cardboard Boat Races, YouTube, 18 Mar 2105.

image source: RMR: Rick at the Cardboard Boat Races, YouTube, 18 Mar 2105.

Watch the full video of Rick Mercer racing with students at the Skills Canada competition in Waterloo, ON:

Think you can help float these boats? Contact Roger:





New CAF contractor for greater Vancouver and the Island

Quadrant welcomes Roger Boulet as our new competency assessment facilitator for the greater Vancouver area and Vancouver Island.


Roger is a Journeyman Marine Service Technician, a local marine service business owner and an MST apprentice sponsor. His broad experience in the marine industry make him a great addition to our dedicated team of board members and instructors.

Sincere thanks to Campbell Black and David West for their commitment to successful apprentices and employer partnerships. Their hard work will make Roger's transition smooth.

Welcome aboard Roger!

Visit Us at the Vancouver Boat Show this week

Who Services Your Boat?

We're celebrating the employers that work with Quadrant to support Marine Service Technician apprenticeship training. Stop by the Marine Trade booth #439 and say 'hi'.


Two-Year Project Contract: Marine Service Technician Competency Assessment Facilitation

Quadrant is looking for a qualified contractor

Quadrant Marine Institute is looking for an independent Competency Assessment Facilitator (CAF) contractor for a two-year project (February 2017 - December 2018). The project will explore the diverse scope of BC’s recreational marine service industry and document the training and support needs of the companies and professional technicians who work in that sector.

Project Roles & Responsibilities

As a member of the project team, the CAF contractor will conduct fieldwork, documentation and reporting required to successfully meet the project scope, timeline and budget:

§  Facilitate and track workplace mentoring, on-the-job training plans, and competency assessment with currently registered (MST) employers and apprentices

§  Profile BC marine service industry demographics following the project design

§  Develop CAF support tools and processes in line with the project objectives

The CAF contractor will schedule and visit BC marine service companies, trades people and apprentices to complete onsite fieldwork. Travel within BC (mostly Vancouver Island and the lower mainland) is required. Documentation and reporting are a continual part of this contract. Reporting to the project manager, the CAF contractor will contribute feedback and collaborate to meet project objectives and improve outcomes.

Your Qualifications

You have a thorough working knowledge of the BC recreational marine service industry with an MST ticket (or equivalent) and 10+ years experience in the marine industry.

Communication skills are one of your strengths (interpersonal, oral, and written English).

You have demonstrated successful leadership and management abilities.

You are organized and work equally well independently and in collaboration with a team.

You enjoy challenges involving troubleshooting and critical thinking.

You have a valid BC driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience specific to on-the-job training, mentoring, or supervision; competency assessment or trades training/education.

About Quadrant

Quadrant Marine Institute is a private Canadian marine trades training organization that is owned and operated by boatyard employers and marine service professionals. We are dedicated to the delivery of apprenticeship technical training and work-based competency assessment for the recreational marine service industry. Our program is based in Sidney and Vancouver; our graduates proudly hold BC Marine Service Technician journeyperson credentials.


This contract offers competitive consultant/contractor compensation plus travel expenses for this 0.5 FTE position.

How to apply

Any questions about the contract can be directed to Apply by email with a cover letter and resume. Posting closes February 10th, 2017.

Quadrant discounts for NMEA training in Vancouver Dec 7 - 9

Quadrant Marine Institute is proud to partner with the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) to bring 3 days of electronics training to Vancouver December 7th to 9th 2016.

Wednesday, December 7th - Basic Marine Electronics Installer
Thursday, December 8th - NMEA2000® Network Course
Friday, December 9th - Advanced Marine Electronics Installer

Course location:  Quadrant Marine Granville Island classroom, #200 - 1650 Duranleau St., Vancouver, B.C.

These courses are being offered at a great discounted rate for Quadrant students and recent graduates of the MST program - $350 USD per day, compared to the regular rate of $450 per day (NMEA members) and $650 per day (non-NMEA members).

Take advantage of this great opportunity and sign up today!  We are limited to a maximum of 12 students per course.

Please contact Debbie Compere at the NMEA (410-975-9425 or to register and get the Quadrant discounted rate.