ANNAPOLIS — The Marine Trades Association of Maryland would like to recognize the continued success of former on-the-job trainee Timothy Hardesty of Ridgely. Hardesty is a junior service technician at Grande Yachts International. He completed MTAM’s On-the-job Training Program in August 2019, the summer before he graduated from North Caroline High School.
During his training, Hardesty worked with hydraulic trailers, learned to handle dock lines, and operated the forklift. He also learned simple maintenance tasks like oil changes and pump checks.
At Grande Yachts International, he concentrates on warranty work to include marine electronics and water systems. He performs routine engine service and helps with boat trailering and deliveries. What Hardesty likes best about his job is that it is continually engaging.
“I’m kept busy, given responsibility, and always have the opportunity to learn something new,” he said. Hardesty has plans to complete Mercury training.
“We are always in the recruiting mode for good marine techs and understand how difficult it is to find someone with qualifications in our industry,” said Jeff Truesdale, general manager of Grande Yachts International in Grasonville. “Because it is so challenging, we have to bring in entry level employees with limited skills with the goal to grow them into a certified technician at some point. Fortunately, our Marine Trades Association in Maryland has a program in place that enables young people with an interest in the boating industry to gain some skills through their On-the-job Training Program. We recently hired a completer of that program who is adapting, learning, and already becoming an asset to our service operation.”
This project is funded by the State of Maryland’s EARN Maryland Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
For more information about the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, visit mtam.org.