South Florida Intercoastal

Apprentice Program

To develop a cadre of high-skill / high-wage shipyard service technicians that provides career advancement opportunities and to be a valuable resource for participating employers to help them meet their current and future employment needs.

Program Highlights

Program Length: 2 Years
Classroom Instruction
On-The-Job Training
Nationally-Recognized Credentials

Apprentices Will Learn

Basic Electric AC/DC
General Maintenance
Hydraulic Systems
Pumps & Plumbing
Running Gear & Machining
Shipyard Lifting
Shipyard Safety
Welding & Fabrication
Woodworking & Carpentry
Workplace Employability
Yacht Painting

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Lori Wheeler


Working with the Florida Department of Education and Atlantic Technical College, MIASF established the State's first registered Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program. The two-year program gives apprentices a basic set of shipyard skills to jump start a career in the marine industry.

The Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program offers a high wage, high skill, and high demand career path that fills a specific need for skilled workers in the marine industry. Working closely with MIASF and local employers, Atlantic Technical College developed a robust curriculum that includes rigging, forklift and crane operations, pipefitting/plumbing, welding/fabricating, carpentry, and painting.

A skilled workforce is critical to the growth of the marine industry and this program is the first step in training the next generation of skilled trade workers that are needed.

Participating Companies

Advanced Mechanical Enterprises

Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AME offers an extensive list of comprehensive services to identify and solve even the most complex issues. We provide diagnostic and corrective service repair for all of your rotating machinery. We pride ourselves on our experienced team that is continuously "schooling" themselves to always be in the know of the most advanced technologies while using only the most state-of-the-art equipment.

Aquamare Marine USA

Aquamare Marine are an experienced and established company offering Sales and Support for the Marine Industry with sister companies in United Kingdom and Australia. Our team of experienced engineers work to very high standards and are accustomed to working in a wide variety of environments and meeting specific customer needs. Whatever your requirements, Aquamare Marine can find a bespoke solution for you.

Bradford Marine

It's a story that started over five decades ago. With a commitment to craftsmanship, a drive to innovate, coupled with a vision for the future - the quest toward a legacy began. Today, the offerings of Bradford Marine include yacht sales and full refit and repair services from two locations in the US and the Bahamas. The result... Yacht Ownership Simplified.

CF Boatworks

At CF Boatworks, we are passionate about yacht service and all things boating. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we offer a wider arrange of services to cater to your boating needs. Whether you're looking for yacht hydraulics, electrical systems, automation, part sales, boat restoration, or custom boat building, we have you covered.

Datum RMS

The Datum RMS team provides world-class industry knowledge for all of your rotating machinery needs. Andrew Lynskey and Stephen Hughes bring to the table over 50 years of combined marine engineering experience, 25 of which were gained here in South Florida. Both individuals are well known and respected in their field in the South Eastern US and abroad.


It was 1947 when Bob Derecktor began with a simple plan and a small shop in Mamaroneck, NY. His goal: build boats the equal of any in the world, and do it without compromise. Today, the record says he and the yards he founded have done just that. Notable vessels ranging from America's Cup winners to massive mega-yachts to rugged Coast Guard cutters have come from Derecktor.

Diesel Services Of America

Diesel Services Of America is your complete source for marine engine sales, service and maintenance. Since 1981, we have built an outstanding reputation in all areas. We are factory authorized for many major manufacturers including MAN, Volvo Penta, John Deere, Cummins/Onan, Kohler, Northern Lights, Westerbeke, and many others.

Engineered Yacht Solutions

We are a group of professionals composed of highly skilled welders/fabricators, expert machinists, creative designers, and forward thinking engineers. Together we have formed a team whose main goal is to produce the utmost highest quality of custom design metal work. Our work is designed to be seamless and impress. Put our skills to the test and see how they can benefits you.

Environmental Marine

For over 25 years Environmental Marine is your resource for everything in marine sanitation. From Vacuflush and macerator toilets to marine holding tanks, and complete marine sanitation systems, we have what you need-in stock and priced right. We carry one of the largest supplies of marine plumbing and marine toilets in the United States. We are the Dometic Master Sanitation Distributor for the Southeastern United States, and we have most Dometic/Sealand models in stock. Get the parts you need, the advice you're looking for and the price you'll like, at Environmental Marine. Your marine plumbing resource.

FHG Marine Engineering

FHG Marine Engineering Inc. specializes in diesel engine in-frame overhauls, generator overhauls, and general preventative maintenance. Our marine engineers each have 10 years of experience and offer service and support on hydraulics, HVAC-R, and electrical systems with complete mobile service to the South Florida area. Our engineers are graduates of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a world class institution that trains future mariners for life at sea. They each have years of experience sailing on commercial, military, and cruise ships, in addition to a vast knowledge of luxury yachting vessels. With FHG Marine Engineering, every technician that works on your vessel understands what it means to have a machinery malfunction at sea. We strive to ensure this never happens to you.

Frank & Jimmie's Propeller

Frank & Jimmie's Propeller sells and repairs propellers and running gear. Established in 1947 and with locations in; Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Lake of the Ozarks, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Belize, Venezuela, and Colombia it is the largest and most respected propeller shop in the world.

Gillen Yacht Services

For the past 28 years, Gillen Diesel & Gillen Yacht Services have become one of the most distinguished yacht repair, refit, and maintenance companies in South Florida. Because of our commitment to personalized & high-quality craftsmanship, expertly skilled technicians, and high-touch customer service - we have been recognized by countless yacht owners, management companies, brokers and Captains, from around the globe as the go-to in yacht services.

Griffin's Yacht Services

Griffin's Yacht Services is a flourishing organization of 8 technicians and support staff. We have serviced over 1,000 individual customers in South Florida, ranging from mid-size pleasure yachts to 250ft megayachts, all with the utmost integrity and attention to detail and at fair rates. As our business has grown and the difficulties of scaling up a multi-specialty service company have mounted, we've steadily narrowed our sights on the marine plumbing market, developing close relationships with some of the most advanced marine sanitation engineering firms in the world. We've received widespread recognition over the years as the best marine plumbing contractor in South Florida, with greater troubleshooting ability and greater quality of work than the rest.

High Seas Technology

HST has close to 30 years experience with all major Marine Electronics manufacturers. We specialize in supply, installation, survey, and service for maritime.

High Seas Yacht Service

High Seas Yacht Service is a highly specialized company dedicated to precision engine, strut and shaft alignments for the elimination of running gear vibration. For thirty years High Seas has serviced marine propulsion systems in South Florida. We use state-of-the-art optical scope technology, laser and reflective optic technology for precision alignments from strut to engine. We perform deck targeting on larger, flexible yachts.


MarineMax takes a special interest in our yachting division. Attention to detail is required, and this is why we have selected only the best yachting brands available to represent. We wouldn't want anything less for our customers. And with dedicated yachting centers and teams strategically positioned at popular destinations across the country, we have made it our mission to go above and beyond for you, our customer.

RMK Merrill-Stevens

RMK Merrill-Stevens is a full-service shipyard dedicated to the refit and repair of the world's finest yachts and vessels. Work is of the highest international standards and meets Classification Societies requirements, including ABS, Lloyds, and US Coast Guard.

Rolly Marine

From minor repairs to major refits and new-build commissioning, we offer the most complete services and a facility that caters to vessel owners and crew. Over 40 years of experience provides you with more expertise and a no-hassle, more enjoyable project experience. We are also an authorized service center for many of the industry's most esteemed manufacturers.

Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center

Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is America's premier yacht repair and refit facility. Forget about the other yards that sneak in hidden fees like contractor gate fees, environmental fees and markups. You'll never find that at LMC. With our unique marketplace model, America's first Foreign Trade Zone, unrivaled choice in contractors and services, you've found the perfect place for any of your yacht's repair and refit needs.

South Florida Boat Center

Conveniently located on the Dania Cut off canal, our new state-of-the-art full-service marine has everything for your boating needs. We have short and long-term docking on our brand-new floating docks with electric and water hookups. We have two 55,000-pound boat lifts for haul-out and inspection services. Our brand-new service and repair building is a fully enclosed climate-controlled repair shop, so your boat is kept in the best condition while our highly skilled technicians make your repairs or modifications. We also offer outdoor storage in a fully secured outdoor storage yard on trailers or boat stands. From bow to stern, we offer every possible service related to your boating needs in a highly secure marina with 24/7 security.

Starboard Yacht Group

Leaders in Marine Stabilization! Keep your yacht in top condition and enjoy boating when you want it with our yacht maintenance management, stabilization, restoration, and scheduled service programs! Starboard Yacht Group brings a deeper understanding of boat mechanics to the table in order to properly and thoroughly service your yacht from top to bottom and every subsystem in between. We offer the right information, the right parts and the right employees to maintain your yacht to its highest degree of safety and functionality.

TDW Marine

TDW is an elite team of diesel engine experts providing our members with premier quality service in South Florida. Our team members provide personalized & responsive solutions for engineering, diesel, and auxiliary systems. We also have a unique membership program where we use a concierge model for mega yachts. By paying an annual fee for this membership service, one will have access to a portfolio of ongoing services with a guarantee of consistent representation. It's repairs, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, planned yard time and even catastrophic breakdown response - anywhere in the world.

Tri Sea Stabilizers

We are Florida's only Seakeeper Elite Dealer, who specializes in one thing and one thing only. We offer the very best in Boat and Yacht Stabilizers, and the best is Seakeeper! We provide custom Seakeeper re-fits, Seakeeper Installations, Seakeeper sales, Seakeeper service and Seakeeper Inspections and consulting. Seakeeper is all we do! We service Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Naples and Fort Myers.

Ward's Marine

Ward's is the industry-leading marine electrical company: 70+ years of remote and local dockside service, panelboard and switchgear manufacturing, parts sales, and more earned us that title. We work hard to maintain that leadership, while also offering the friendly help you've come to expect from our family-owned business.

Water Taxi

Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" due to its stunning waterways. Water Taxi gives you the best way to explore and tour these majestic routes, with insights about the history, homes, and heroes who made our city great. For more than 20 years, Water Taxi has transported and entertained guests on the scenic waters of Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida. Our fleet includes 13 boats, from 26-foot launch-style boats to 64-foot high-speed catamarans. We couldn't do what we do without the 100 dedicated people employed as captains, deckhands, engineers, customer service representatives and more. They literally keep us afloat.

Willis Custom Yachts

"We are committed to being the premier custom sportfish builder and full-service repair facility in the United States through innovation, technology, and exceptional leadership while providing a rewarding work environment for all team members." The WCY facility is 35 acres and includes a full-service boat yard that can accommodate routine maintenance as well as full refits. We have over 50 skilled technicians performing: carpentry, exterior refinishing, drive line service, hydraulics, bottom painting, electrical service, welding and fabrication, and fiberglass repair.

Minimum Qualifications: - Must be at least 18 years of age - Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program and worksite, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others - Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs - Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language in order to comprehend instructions on the job and in related training classes, and to ensure personal and co-worker safety on the job.