I truly wish it was like that. The job I do as a press brake operator is physical and is work. I offer my guys around the shop to come to the area and learn the trade. A couple have tried but you have to be extremely accurate and have decent math skills. Out of the three things I listed at least one of those will not apply to said person and they more or less give up. Some come right out and tell me it's too much thinking. The other bunch is young people who are fresh out of welding school and they think the clean, perfectly comfortable and flat work they did in school is the same as real life. Most of them were told they were good at welding or because they graduated welding school they think they are amazing fabricators. The sad truth is that they mostly really suck at their job and they are slow. How do you tell that to a person that will melt over constructive criticism. Today it seems the younger people want everything for nothing. There is no strive to do hard work, only complain about it. It's like there is a contest to see who can be the most uncaring, lazy sack of useless shit anymore. But maybe it's just my fieldIt's ironic that folks look at the same youth and get different messages from them.
IF there was an industry - not one company, but 150+ - in the city of Chicago, and a) they all needed skills like yours, SinglehandJay, and b) had a training (on-the job, trade schools, union apprentice training, etc), I'd argue that over time, you'd find lots of local folks who want a good wage that doesn't require a college degree. I'll bet those folks will work hard. Like yourself, they will be able to look their loved ones in the eye and say "I am able to provide for my family and have a good life, in return for hard work."
(I use Chicago as an example, because it's a place that needs this kind of thing the most, and also because I feel a lot of folks would think that South Side Chicagoans wouldn't succeed. I believe that it could succeed, and the knock-on social effects to having broad access to a true living wage would be enormous.)
Back to outboard motors, LOL, are there even programs for folks who would want to learn about marine motor repair? Where I live now, the area is spotted with lakes, and there are lots and LOTS of boats, and they all have big motors, so there must be a base of outboard mechanics here (IL/WI border).