Students (L-R) Will Robbins, Tom Ruddy, Corey Stockdale, Chris Kowalski, and Ben Diamond learning about the installation of a gasoline-powered Chris-Craft Model-K in their restoration boat a 1947 Chris-Craft Deluxe.

GLBBS students have been hard at work in the shop AND the classroom. Recently, several students slated to graduate in June took and passed their American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Advisory Gasoline Engine certification exam.

Taking the exam is not mandatory. Students must put in extra time, outside of their normal studies and projects, to prepare for the test.

“This exam is not a walk in the park,” says GLBBS Propulsion Instructor Matt Edmondson.  “Its a tremendous credit to the student and says a lot about their individual drive to prepare, pass, and succeed.”

“Having a Gasoline Certification through the American Boat & Yacht Council shows your commitment to a set of standards and to the industry as a whole, in quality,” says newly certified student Ben Diamond.  “I didn’t know a ton about motors coming into this, so getting these certifications is a way to challenge myself to expand my knowledge outside of what is already required [by the school].

Edmondson encourages his students to take the tests to help set themselves up for future success.  “This really does provide an advantage to the student and their career,” Edmondson remarked. “To enter the workplace having met an internationally recognized benchmark is big.”

The significance of having this kind of industry-recognized credential isn’t lost on the students who put pressure on themselves to succeed.

“I’ve had some interviews and have some more planned,” says Diamond. “ABYC certifications always come up.  You get your score immediately upon submitting the test.  Let’s just say, I am stoked!”

We are too, Ben!  Congratulations to all of our students.

Students also have plans to take their Diesel and Marine Systems exams in the coming weeks.

For more information about becoming a GLBBS student please contact our admissions team at 906-398-2088.

For more information about the ABYC Marine League, please click here.

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