Careers in Marine Trades


Quadrant's apprenticeship program trains Marine Service Technicians for careers in the recreational marine industry. The range of required skills & opportunities is extremely diverse. Companies range from full service to highly specialized. Marine Service Techicians work in composites, wood and metal on sail and power vessels from kayaks to yachts. Technology is always changing and on board systems are increasingly complex. Join us as we build and market British Columbia as a Marine Service Centre Of Excellence.

What do Marine Service Technicians do? Watch the videos on different types of careers in marine service.

Looking to get into the industry? Check the current and ongoing career postings.

Already have a specific skill or interest? Use the EMPLOYER PARTNERS links to jump to websites of the companies that sponsor apprenticeship training at Quadrant.


Did you know there is a way to challenge the MST Trade Ticket? If you have significant time and skills, this could be the pathway for you.

From 2017 through 2019, we asked business owners to tell us about their companies—structure, employees, scope of work. Find out what we learned about our industry.

Marine service technicians who are moving into management need to learn new skills.

Employers of Excellence

Quadrant Employers of Excellence value customer satisfaction, employee training, and career development.

What does an MST do?

Every boat project is unique. Each video shows a different aspect of marine service work.

Careers in Marine Service

Check out the permanent and temporary postings below:

Employer Partners

Abernethy and Gaudin Boatbuilders Ltd.

Anchor Marine Electric

Bayview Yachts Sales & Service

Blackline Marine

Blanchard Rigging

Blue Pacific Yacht Charters

Blue Water Cruising Association

B-OOST Mobile Marine LTD.

Bosun's Charters

Bracewell Boatworks

Canadian Coast Guard 

Canoe Cove Manufacturing

Canoe Cove Marina

Cape Mudge Boat Works

Clear Marine Ltd.

Complete Marine Detailing

Cooper Boating

Cove Yachts (1979) Ltd.

Delta Marine 

Gartside Marine Engines Ltd.

Granville Island Boatyard

Gronlund Boatworks Ltd. 

Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.

Ian MacKenzie, Shipwright

Island Cruising

Jenkins Marine Ltd.

Jespersen Boat Builders Ltd. 

M & P Yacht Service

Mainstay Yacht-Tech

Marine West Services Ltd. 

Medeiros Reinforced Plastics

Monaro Marine Ltd.

Nanaimo Shipyards

North Shore Marine Ltd.

North Shore Yacht Works

Ocean Pacific Marine Supply

Pacific Yacht Systems

Park Isle Marine

Performance Yacht & Industrial Services Inc.

Philbrook's Boatyard

Pilot Marine Yacht Services

Platinum Marine Services

Port Boat House

Pro-Tech Yacht Service Ltd. 

Raven Marine

Race Rock Yacht Services

R & R Boat Refit & Repair

S & H Custom Yachts Services Ltd.


Shannon Buoys Marina & Boatyard

Shipwright Reed Inc.

Sherwood Marine Centre Ltd.

Silver Streak Boats

Skookum Yacht Services Inc.

South Island Marine

Specialty Yacht Sales

Superstition Boatworks 

Starship Yachts

Tarkenan Marine Ways

Tidal Yacht Services

Titan Boats Ltd.

UK Sails - Northwest Loft

Van Isle Marina

Vector Yacht Services

Victoria General Marine

Watertight Boatworks

Wendon Manufacturing

West Bay SonShip Yachts

Western Maritime Surveyors 

Whitehall Rowing & Sail

Wilson Boating

Winard Wood Industries

Yacht Care Systems Inc.

MST Trade Challenge Pathway


If you have significant marine service experience and skills, this could be the path for you.

Earn recognition for the skills you possess with the MST trade challenge. You can receive your MST ticket in as little as 2 to 3 months. The whole process takes about 10 hours, not including whatever time you choose to study for the Certificate of Qualification exam.

This process is open to both marine service employees and self-employed tradespeople. Contact us to learn more.


About the Industry


Employer Partnerships & Competency Assessment Facilitation

From 2017 through 2019, we asked business owners to tell us about their companies—structure, employees, scope of work. Read what we learned!

Next Steps


Spending time out in industry for these two years gave us a better understanding of your unique perspectives and challenges. Our goal is to use the information you gave us to help professionalize our industry and continue to promote BC as a Marine Service Centre of Excellence.

Watch this space for exciting news about current projects:

  • Practical workshops to help technicians transition from tools to management positions.

  • Employer Partner Handbooks to help mesh apprenticeship technical training with on-the-job training opportunities.

  • Specifically teaching mentorship skills in our apprenticeship program and management training.

  • Advanced placement option so transitioning military personnel or people from other trades don’t have to start at level one.

  • Working with influencers from other industries to identify innovative ways to attract and retain great people in marine service here in BC.


Becoming a Manager


in development — coming soon!

We have just received funding to develop courses for Marine Service Managers. Our first step will be talking to industry in the fall of 2019. Contact us if you’re interested in participating in a workshop and stay tuned to this page for all the updates.