South Florida Intercoastal

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Mar 30, 2021 Tue

Apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program (YSTAP) stayed busy during February classes. Our class of 2021 finished up the basic DC / AC electrical troubleshooting material and moved into the Yacht Pumps, Plumbing, & Pipefitting module.  The class began the new module which introduced them to several different classifications of pumps used in yachts to move all kinds of fluids. February was the second month of classes for MIASF’s new class of 2022!  The apprentices received their OSHA 10 cards and completed the remainder of the Shipyard Safety module with the exception of Scaffolding and Common Shipyard Terminology. YSTAP classes begin every January and all classes are taught at award-winning Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek.  For more information on how to become a participating employer or an apprentice, please contact instructor Jon Lowell at

YSTAP would like to recognize the accomplishments of apprentice Jose Otero who is employed at Derecktor Shipyard and has been working day and night at the Fort Pierce location to help construct the world’s largest boat lift.  Jose was carefully chosen to be one of a handful of technicians responsible to erect and construct the lift as well as work to preciously torque down the over 8 thousand bolts on the massive 1500-ton travel lift!  We are proud to have Jose as part of our 2021 class and have included a photo of him working on the groundbreaking project - photo credit Tom Serio.