In association with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, Rappahannock Community College is proud to announce that Stuart “Mack” MacCreary, an employee of Deltaville Yachting Center, has recently gained Virginia journeyman certification as an advanced marine services technician.
MacCreary earned this important credential through RCC’s marine trades apprenticeship program; in order to do so, he logged 8,000 hours of training — a quarter of it in the classroom and the rest on the job — which took about four years to complete.
On his 2003 discharge from the Air Force, McCreary pondered what career path to pursue. Taking his brother’s suggestion to work with him as a marine technician, McCreary soon discovered that boats were in his blood. He has been working on them ever since … except for a short “sabbatical” in automotive repair, which proved less satisfying than boats, his true love.
McCreary’s American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Master Technician designation includes certificates in marine systems, ABYC standards, diesel engine, and marine electrical; Yanmar small and medium engine certificates; and ABT-TRAC stabilizers and thruster certification. He has also earned RCC certificates in marine systems; marine air conditioning, heating and refrigeration; basic marine electricity; and customer service. In the fall McCreary will start his Cummins engine certification training.
“Mack is certainly a valuable asset to Deltaville Yachting Center, as he has a long track record as a skilled marine technician,” says Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce development. “We are very proud to have served him and others on the road to completing his journeyman credential.”