Marine Trades Association of Maryland on-the-job trainee success

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) congratulates Zachary Harrington on the completion of his six-week On-the-Job Training (OJT) with Petersen Marine Service in Baltimore, MD. Harrington grew up boating in the Sparrow’s Point and Middle River area and working on small engines. After graduation, he found the On-the-job Training opportunity with MTAM, applied online and started with Petersen Marine Service a week later.

During his training, Harrington has learned much about the electrical aspects of a boat and of diesel engines. He has helped head technicians at Petersen with troubleshooting, engine rebuilds, plumbing systems, and wiring. Harrington recommends this program to recently graduated individuals like himself.

“It puts you with a professional business on a career pathway – not just a temporary job,” he explained. “If [working on boats] is what you want to do, this is where you want to be. I don’t know of any other program that does what MTAM does in the boating industry.”

Glenn Petersen is the owner of Petersen Marine Service and a new partner in MTAM’s workforce development efforts. He commended Harrington on his timeliness, work ethic, and willingness to stick around the shop to make sure all the tasks for the day have been seen through.

“We’ve tried to hire so many times in the past and have never had so much success as with MTAM’s program,” he said.

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, and Instagram: @WorkontheWater.

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