South Florida Intercoastal

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Nov 18, 2020 Wed

Apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program (YSTAP) continued learning the outside machining portion of the program this month. The class covered different components and safety issues related to outside machining in the marine industry. Topics this month included material lathes and milling machines, as well as servicing and diagnosing shafts, couplings, propellers, cutlass bearings, conventional stuffing boxes, dripless shaft seals, and struts. Lastly, vibration issues were covered with relation to the above-mentioned topics. With the drivetrain class work now complete, the apprentices are prepared for the upcoming advanced topics workshop with marine engineer, Richard Merhige, from Advanced Mechanical Enterprises in December. RIch, a graduate from SUNY Maritime College and a Level II Vibration Analyst, will discuss how AME handles drivetrain repair and diagnosis of running gear, as well as the importance of vibration analysis on yacht systems. Our new 2021 YSTAP classes are beginning Monday, January 4th and we are close to full! The 2021 apprentice classes are taught at award-winning Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek and classes will meet weekly for two years on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information on how to join, contact instructor Jon Lowell at