Terry Conrad First Certified Marine Service Technician in Nova Scotia

Terry Conrad

Terry Conrad of Conrad Marine Sales & Service Ltd. is Nova Scotia’s first Certified Marine Service Technician. The Apprenticeship Training Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is responsible to provide relevant and responsive apprenticeship training and certification system that meets Nova Scotia’s needs for skilled trades professionals and there are currently 66 designated Trades in Nova Scotia.  A Marine Service Technician services and repairs, refits and upgrades marine vessels power and sail, including structural, cosmetic, electrical and mechanical work. In order to qualify for the Certification, a marine technician must have substantial experience working in the occupation.

Terry Conrad has worked as a marine technician since 1981 and he started his own marine company Conrad Sales & Service Ltd. in 1995. Terry has kept his marine technician qualifications current and is a Mercury Marine Master Technician and an American Boat and Yacht Council Master Technician. As a marine technician his career started at ABCO Industries in Lunenburg.  Terry started overhauling large diesels and turbo chargers for commercial shipping and moved on to work as a service manager for Volvo Penta engines through Bell Diesel, servicing the inshore fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada. He established a dealer network for the SeaDoo Division of Bell Ltd and then moved to Bombardier Recreational Products of Quebec; with their SeaDoo products and Celebrity Recreational Power Boats. His own company, Conrad Marine Sales & Service Ltd servicing Dartmouth, Halifax and the South Shore of Nova Scotia focuses on recreational boats thirty feet and upwards.

For more information about the Marine Service Technician Trade and Certification contact Apprenticeship Training division and ask to speak to the officer responsible for the Marine Service Technician trade.  Halifax: (902) 424-5651 Toll Free: 1-800-494-5651 or visit their web site at http://nsapprenticeship.ca

For more information about Terry Conrad or Conrad Marine Sales & Service Ltd please phone 902-484-3900 or visit their website at www.conradmarinesales.com

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