South Florida Intercoastal

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Oct 21, 2020 Wed

Apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program (YSTAP) began learning the outside machining portion of the course this month. Topics to be covered include material lathes and milling machines, marine hydraulics, drivetrain and alignment work, blueprint reading, marine hardware, preventative maintenance, bow and stern thrusters, and stabilizers. The class completed the first machining workshop at Derecktor Shipyard under the guidance of veteran machinists Scott Sabety and Eduardo Portela. Several pieces of floor equipment were demonstrated, from massive material lathes to state-of-the-art milling machines. The class also discussed the variety of in-shop rigging used for supporting heavy material like props and shafts. Finally, the importance of precision measuring and part rendering were covered. Coming up soon, the apprentices will attend a milling workshop at Atlantic Technical College and get hands-on use of power tools used in outside machining in the marine industry.   YSTAP is growing its member involvement and signed on three new companies that will enroll apprentices in the January 2021 classes. We are pleased to welcome Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, Engineered Yacht Solutions, FHG Marine Engineering, and High Seas Yacht Service. For more information on how to join, contact