Florida School Certifies First Mercury Tech


Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the graduation of Jacob Parker of Wilson, Oklahoma, the first certified technician to graduate from Universal Technical Institute’s Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Orlando, Florida.

Parker completed MMI’s core marine technician program along with specific training in Mercury Marine technology and products, giving him the designation of a Mercury Certified Technician. He is the first graduate of Mercury’s manufacturer-specific program at the school, which provides students the opportunity to achieve provisional certification as a factory-certified technician for Mercury Marine products.

Mercury believes the addition of technicians such Parker and collaboration with MMI will further enhance its global service network. “Investing in training qualified Mercury Marine technicians is an investment in our future,” says Rob Schrage, Director of Field Service Development and Operations for Mercury Marine. “We are proud of Jacob Parker’s accomplishment and look forward to supporting him and other technicians receiving certification in the future.”

Parker was immediately hired by US-based dealer chain, MarineMax, where he began the dealer’s six-month new technician training program.

“We are excited to have Jacob on our team,” says Chris Butts, MarineMax Technical Training Center Instructor. “Having the Mercury Certification is a benefit to our company because this gives him the basic knowledge of the Mercury products and allows us to advance him further through our training program so he can begin his career as a marine technician.”

Currently, MMI is the only career technical education school in the United States to offer a Mercury Marine certification program.

“MMI is proud of our manufacturer-specific training programs, which help students hit the ground running in jobs with industry leaders like Mercury Marine and employers like MarineMax, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to Jacob,” says Steve McElfresh, MMI Campus President.

Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mercury Marine is a US $2 billion division of Brunswick Corporation.

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