South Florida Intercoastal

YSTAP May 2022

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Jun 02, 2022 Thu

The summer months may be quickly coming but our apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program are not showing any signs of slowing down as each class continues to work their way through the curriculum of the two-year program. The first-year apprentices learned about alignment and vibration analysis, with guest speaker, Rich Merhige of Advanced Mechanical Enterprises in the classroom at Atlantic Technical College. The class then had the opportunity to visit Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller Shop where they learned different components of propellers from Jimmie Harrison, owner of Frank & Jimmie’s, and were given a tour of their facility by Rafael Ramirez. The collaboration and dedication from our industry partners is important and gives the apprentices the opportunity to expand their knowledgebase and get to see what our industry offers and how we all cohesively work together to accomplish the same goals.

The second-year apprentices are currently working in the welding classroom. The apprentices are receiving their classroom instruction from a guest teacher who works in the welding department at Atlantic Technical College in their welding program and has been a tremendous asset to our program.

Adding to our participating employers already engaged and supporting the program, DATUM has officially come aboard. This brings the total number of participating MIASF member companies to 19. The more companies we can have join us, the stronger we can continue to build our marine industry workforce and keep our title as the Yachting Capital of the World.

A very critical need for YSTAP at the moment is hiring a new instructor to lead the program and interested applicants can read the full job description here.