MARR Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply proper materials and procedures to achieve seaworthy construction and repair of boats and their component systems.
  • Read textbooks, handouts, and Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Recognize terminology related to vessel fabrication, repair and maintenance.
  • Read blueprints, working drawings, and boat plans.
  • Interpret spatial relationships.
  • Extract information from a set of construction drawings.
  • Take accurate measurements using metric and imperial measurement systems.
  • Interpret readings on meters, gauges and scales.
  • Use proper procedures for tools and machinery, fabrication, joinery, and repairs.
  • Calculate efficient amounts of materials needed for a project.
  • Assess the quality of materials and construction.
  • Conduct maintenance and service routines on boat engines.
  • Troubleshoot a boat’s electrical and other operating systems.
  • Perform installations of plumbing and other components and systems.
Sensory/Observation Skills Make independent observations and assessments to produce quality work.
  • Read devices such as tape measures, framing and adjustable squares, and levels, meters and gauges.
  • Survey and select proper tools and materials for specific purposes.
  • Use sensory cues to assess quality of constructing, installing, and finishing work.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to do boat yard work.
  • Wear an organic respirator.
  • Operate necessary tools and equipment safely including blades, cutters and rapidly moving parts.
  • Maneuver a forklift, crane, straddle lift and hydraulic trailer.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Climb ladders.
  • Jump onto a deck that can be up to 18-inches below pier level.
  • Maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Lift and transport necessary equipment and materials.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Document work and procedures accurately.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.
  • Work independently with periodic supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a boat yard and shop environment.
  • Work for prolonged periods exposed to: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail