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Lanier Tech Marine Technology Program begins

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Classes have begun for the Marine Engine Technology Diploma Program at Lanier Technical College. Hans Metz has been hired to direct the program and serve as the first instructor.
 
Metz comes to Lanier Tech after more than 20 years in the marine business, most recently as service manager at Singleton Marine Group.
 
“The program is up and running,” said Christian Tetzlaff, dean of the institution’s applied technology programs. “We’ve started classes this fall offering two courses and will be adding more advanced courses in the spring.”
 
Those classes are MAET 1000, which teaches safety, marine fundamentals and precision measuring and MAET 1025, which focuses on marine engine fundamentals and servicing.
 
“This program will be in high demand because of the shortage of marine engine technicians in our area and around the Southeast,” Tetzlaff said. “Students can enroll in this diploma program and complete their work in less than two years. Our program is very affordable and jobs in the marine engine technology industry are in demand.”
 
The Lanier Tech Foundation has been working with representatives of the University Yacht Club’s UYC Maritime Foundation to create tuition assistance or scholarships for marine engineering technology students.
 
“It’s been a labor of love for us and for the UYC Maritime Foundation to help students entering the program,” said Lauren Armour, vice president of institutional advancement at Lanier Tech. “We are very appreciative of their willingness to work with us to support this program.”
 
In addition to eight credit hours of basic skills, that include Fundamentals of English, Interpersonal Relations and Foundations of Mathematics, students will complete 40 credit hours of program-specific classes. 
 
The courses are offered at the new Hall County campus of Lanier Tech. Students will work in the new teaching lab with new equipment and engines. 
 
“The marine industry has been very supportive of our program,” Tetzlaff said. “We are one of the only non-profit public offerings in the United States.”
 
The program has received support from several marine manufacturers, and area dealerships in the Atlanta area.
 
“Overall, we have record enrollment at Lanier Tech this fall on all campuses and all programs with well over 4,600 students,” Tetzlaff said. “And we are hoping for a full enrollment in the Marine Engine Technology program by spring semester.”

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