VIDEO: MIASF debuts series on industry careers

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida launched a new educational video series.
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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida launched a new educational video series showcasing marine industry career opportunities in South Florida.

“Salty Jobs,” featuring MIASF membership director Sean Smith as host, takes a unique approach to introducing jobs associated with the marine industry to local schools, workforce agencies and the public.

“The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is proud of the fact that the 136,000 marine-related jobs in our region typically pay 28 percent more than the state average,” MIASF executive director Phil Purcell said in a statement. “Through our Salty Jobs video series, Sean will specifically identify many of these good-paying jobs by working side by side with long-standing industry experts.”

As a young member of the MIASF team, Smith has a personal story that exemplifies opportunities in the industry that are not always well known. While earning his master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, Smith interned at the MIASF for eight months and was ultimately offered a full-time position as its director of membership.

“I was focused on earning my MBA in sport revenue generation when I started at MIASF, but I feel so much a part of the marine industry now that I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Smith said.

In the first episode Smith, who also heads the MIASF’s annual job fair during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, learns from seasoned industry veterans how to replace head gaskets on an MTU12 V4000 engine and the importance of maintaining the oil pressure on a marine generator.

Check out the 3-minute video here, which features R.P.M. Diesel Engine Co. doing a quick repair on a 127-foot yacht:

“We think this is an ideal way to present the different types of jobs that are available in the industry, engaging a younger audience about the potential to secure lifelong careers that allow for home ownership, the ability to raise a family and the opportunity to save for retirement,” Smith said.

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