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News - Jon Lowell Named Instructor for Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: May 27, 2020 Wed

MIASF and Atlantic Technical College have selected Jonathan Lowell, founder of Iguana Marine, as the instructor for the first yacht service technician apprenticeship program in Florida. The two-year program, which will be administered online for the time being, gives apprentices a basic set of shipyard skills to jump start a career in the marine industry with on-the-job-training and coursework in areas such as, rigging, forklift and crane operation, pipefitting/plumbing, welding/fabricating, carpentry, and painting.

Lowell grew up boating in Maine, where he says he learned the value of a strong work ethic. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and spent the next several years working on heavy equipment and generators as a diesel mechanic. His service in the Army further reinforced the principles of honesty, perseverance, leadership, and the commitment to excellence. He holds all seven professional designations offered by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and has earned the prestigious title of ABYC Master Technician certified in marine electrical, diesel engines, gasoline engines, marine systems, AC/refrigeration, corrosion, and composite materials. Lowell is also a professor in the Marine Engineering program at Broward College and an honors graduate of that program.          

The apprentices work locally and are selected by their respective employers to attend class in the evening once a week. New apprentices are being sought for the August and January semesters! Contact Lori Wheeler at for more information.