LANDING SCHOOL AT ARUNDEL, MAINE | MARINE SYSTEMS, BOAT BUILDING & YACHT DESIGN TRAINING
MARINE SYSTEMS, BOAT BUILDING & YACHT DESIGN TRAINING
The Landing School provides educational programs that effectively prepare students for entry-level careers in the marine industry. The Landing School was established in 1978 by John Burgess and Helen Tupper as a nonprofit, post-secondary institution dedicated to providing the highest quality hands-on education in boatbuilding. The first year was attended by nine students who used a cow barn as a classroom and built two dories and two 18-foot sailboats as the curriculum. That program became the Wooden Boat Building Program and was eventually expanded to include both Wood Construction and Wood Composite Construction.
The School serves the marine industry by providing skilled employees who design, build and repair boats with the highest standards of quality. Accordingly, The School receives generous support and direction from the industry in curriculum design and program implementation. Noted industry leaders regularly lecture at The School and evaluate student work.
The Landing School offers five unique education and training options designed to prepare students for careers in the marine industry. Each program option is a comprehensive, full-time course that lasts runs from September to June. Successful completion of any one program below culminates in a certificate. Students may choose to complete two of the programs over two years and earn an associate's degree. The educational programs are identical; students in both the diploma and degree programs study and work together.
Landing School Programs
Certificate (1 Year) | AS Degree (2 Years)
Wooden Boat Building Program: Wood Construction Course (formerly called Small Boats) - Students who select the Wood Construction concentration spend one semester constructing small, traditional Lapstrake craft using various woods and epoxies and finishing them with bronze fasteners and hardware. In the other semester, the building method shifts to Carvel planking on steam-bent ribs to build a second boat.
Wooden Boat Building Program: Wood Composite Construction Course (formerly called Cruising Boats) - Students who take the Wood Composite Construction concentration learn to use wood in conjunction with various composite materials such as cores and fiberglass to construct a modern boat. Cold molding and vacuum bagging are the primary building methods used for the hull and deck. The project boat is complex with an interior, basic electrical systems and engine. Students are divided into teams and spend the entire term on one project from lofting to launch.
Composite Boat Building Program - Composite boats have become the most prevalent type of recreational vessel worldwide. The Composite Boat Building Program teaches both the structural theory and practical application of a wide variety of composite materials and resins. Students study construction techniques such as wet layup, open- and closed-molding, infusion and pre-preg partmaking. The construction of one or more boats drives the curriculum from lofting through tooling, construction and outfitting a vessel.
Yacht Design Program - The Yacht Design Program teaches the fundamentals of sail- and powerboat design including hull forms and deck geometry; resistance and propulsion; rig, keel and rudder design. Structural design in all materials is taught to ISO standards. Systems design rounds out the engineering aspects. Layouts and aesthetics of boats are considered in detail. The course makes extensive use of computer-aided design.
Marine Systems Program - The Marine Systems Program teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to install, maintain and repair modern boat systems using established industry standards. Students divide their time between the classroom and the shopfloor as they learn the theory behind AC and DC electrical systems, engines, plumbing, rigging, propulsion and refrigeration. Students have the opportunity to earn several industry certifications through on-site testing.
General Education Courses - Students in either of The Landing School's associate's degree programs must successfully complete 15 credit hours of general education in specifc areas of study. Evening courses are offered on-site every semester and in the summer months. The accredited courses are taught with a focus on marine industry careers, but they are also open to the general public.
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