South Florida Intercoastal

Apprentice Program

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship 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

Shipyard Safety
Workplace Employability
Forklift Operation
Heavy Lifting
Crane Operation
Fitting/Outside Machining
Yacht Painting
Shipyard/Yacht Carpentry

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Working with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and Atlantic Technical College (ATC), MIASF established the State's first registered Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship program (YSTA). 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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lauderdale Marine Center

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.


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.