Hooper heard about the OJT opportunity from a friend who works in the boating industry, and thought it would be a good match with his mechanical experience gained from a hobby of riding and working on dirt bikes.
During his OJT, Hooper learned to change out bilge pumps, water pumps, and propellers. He assisted Washburn’s mechanics with motor installation, learned the checklist of winterization, and picked up some basic electrical theory.
“Conner is naturally mechanically inclined and smart,” commented Bill Branden, Manager of Washburn’s Boat Yard. “We spent some time with ABYC [American Boat and Yacht Council] electrical materials and he went from zero to understanding basic electrical theory.”
“I would recommend this program to others,” said Hooper. “I think it was a good experience.”