CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) continues to monitor and assess the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). GLBBS’ first and foremost concern revolves around student and staff health. Effective March 16, 2020, in an effort to reduce human interactions and potential spread of the virus, GLBBS will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

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Welcome to Great Lakes Boat Building School...
Preparing Students for Rewarding Careers in the Marine Industry

Learn by Doing

At GLBBS, our students spend around 80% of their time in the shop. Fundamental to all programs at GLBBS is a strong focus on hands-on, applied learning which is reflected through the daily schedule during the semester.

Small Class Sizes

Our incoming classes typically range from 8-12 students, so our students receive more personalized instruction and a greater variety of projects.

12-Month Training

Imagine being able to enter the workforce after one year! With our comprehensive, 12-month training, your return on investment is unmatched.

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If you love boats, the great outdoors, and working with your hands, then a career at GLBBS may be perfect for you! Upon graduation, our students enter the workforce as industry-ready craftsmen and technicians.

Marine Industry Programs

Comprehensive Career Boat Building (CCBB)

12-Month Program


The Comprehensive Career Boat Building Program (CCBB) prepares individuals for employment in wooden boat building, restoration, and service settings. Graduates develop well-rounded and adaptable knowledge and skills required in the wooden boat industry. They find employment with boat and yacht manufacturers and maintenance facilities, as well as in high-end woodworking shops.

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Marine Service Technology (MST)

12-Month Program


The Marine Service Technology (MST) Program is designed to prepare individuals to become well-rounded, entry-level marine technicians. Marine technicians work in settings such as marinas, marine dealerships, boat repair yards, marine manufacturing facilities, and yacht clubs. They perform installation and maintenance services on recreational and light commercial boats.

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Industry Affiliations

Mercury MarineMercury Marine
Through an exclusive partnership with Mercury Marine, students are eligible to earn a Mercury Marine technician number and have access to Mercury's online education system to test for maintenance certifications. Mercury and MerCruiser components and systems are used throughout the programs.

ABYCAmerican Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Membership
The School is a member of the American Boat & Yacht Council's Marine League of Schools (www.abycinc.org). Due to this affiliation, graduates are eligible to test for ABYC certifications in Marine Systems, Gasoline Engines, and Diesel Engines.