South Florida Intercoastal

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Apr 28, 2021 Wed

Apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program (YSTAP) had a busy March.  Our class of 2021 spent the month learning new material in the Pumps, Plumbing, and Pipe Fitter Module.  Classes focused first on pump types and characteristics as well as advantages and disadvantages of different pump types.  Several pump types were included so the class had a clear understanding of common pumps used on yachts like impeller, diaphragm, gear, piston, vane, and more.  PTO vs electrical motor pumps were also discussed in this module.  Next on the agenda is marine piping types and regulations regarding the installation of piping including supporting, protecting, and choosing the proper material.

March was the third month of classes for MIASF’s new class of 2022!  The apprentices completed the Safety Module strong and tested out on three topics - Scaffolding, Common Shipyard Terms, and Yacht Systems & Parts.  The 2022 class has now moved into the Employability Module where the classes offer a refresher on the personal and professional skills required to survive in today’s working environment. Once this section is completed they get into the more technical topics starting with the Heavy Lifting Module first.

Great News!!! Our next class for YSTAP begins in January and we are looking to add more sponsoring businesses and apprentices for our upcoming class.  For more information on how to become a participating employer or an apprentice, please contact program coordinator & instructor Jon Lowell at