The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) would like to congratulate Michael Morais (left) on the completion of his six-week On-the-Job Training (OJT) with DiMillo’s Yacht Sales in West River, MD.

Morais was finishing a gap year program at Calleva, a camp in Dickerson, MD, and making plans for his next move when he stumbled upon an article about MTAM’s OJT opportunity in an issue of Fish Talk Magazine. He was searching for a career start that would allow him to work with his hands and thought the boating industry would be a great fit. Morais grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Anne Arundel County and had an interest in boats.

He secured an interview for the program at DiMillo’s Yacht Sales before Calleva’s program ended and was able to move directly from one program into the next.

During his OJT, Michael learned to detail, apply bottom paint, change oil filters and zincs, and service propellers. He is interested in learning more about engines, specifically Cummins, and plans to take some courses on marine electric. Steve Schaeberle, Service Manager at DiMillo’s Yacht Sales (right), said Morais brings to the table a great attitude and a strong work ethic.

Morais would recommend the OJT opportunity to someone who enjoys the boating community, being on the water, and working with his hands. “You have to be into it,” he explained. “Liking boats is a must.”

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.