NMEA Marine Electronics Installer Training coming to Sarasota

The following is text of a news release from the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA):

(SARASOTA, Fla.) — NMEA Marine Electronics Installer training is coming to Sarasota on July 23-26.

Monday, July 23 – Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI)
Tuesday, July 24  – Basic NMEA 2000 Network Installer 
Wednesday, July 25 – Advanced NMEA 2000 Network Installer
Thursday, July 26 – Advanced Marine Electronics Installer (AMEI)

Sarasota, Fla.
Location: Suncoast Technical College
4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Mike Spyros, Electronics Unlimited, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (MEI and AMEI)
John Barry, Technical Marine Support, Pleasant Prairie, Wis. (NMEA 2000 and Advanced NMEA 2000)

All courses run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with lunch and an exam at the end of each session.

Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) –
This class will present the newcomer to marine electronics with the basic information to get started installing typical modern systems.  The program will explain Ohms Law, grounds, batteries and battery chargers, DC wiring, EMI basics, coaxial cables, antennas, NMEA data interfacing, marine VHF radios, AIS, displays, transducers, radar, and heading sensors.

Basic NMEA 2000 Network Installer  –
This class will present the newcomer with the basic information to get started installing NMEA 2000 networks. The training covers the following topics: cables, connectors, specifications physical planning and documentation, power sources and distribution, voltage drop calculations, data messages (parameter group numbers), connecting to other data sources, network setup, and troubleshooting. Students will be guided through building a basic NMEA 2000 network at the conclusion of the training course.

Advanced NMEA 2000 Network Installer –
The NMEA 2000 advanced course focuses on installations, setup, and diagnostic troubleshooting of moderately complex NMEA 2000 networks. The class consists of a PowerPoint presentation followed by a "hands on” session and the included class lunch. Students split into small groups at classroom work stations equipped with NMEA 2000 networks. The purpose of the hands-on portion is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the ability to build, configure, and backup network files as well as evaluate network conditions using the diagnostic tools shown in the class. The training class features NMEA 2000-certified products from  major manufacturers such as Furuno, Garmin, Simrad, Raymarine, Maretron and Actisense including multi-function displays (MFDs), Instruments and sensors of the same function which require  instancing. Most importantly, this allows students to get familiar with the diagnostic tools used in the training and these are offered to students at special reduced pricing from the NMEA. Please note that there is absolutely no outside test equipment allowed in the class by students. Pre-requisite: Student must have taken the basic NMEA 2000 Installer Training class.

Advanced Marine Electronics Installer (AMEI) –
This advanced installer class is designed for the Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) who wishes to achieve competency in advanced topic areas and concepts. An Advanced MEI credential is an indication that a mid-level installer has a working knowledge regarding commissioning of a boat and installing more complex marine electronic devices. The program will go in depth on proper installation of computers, ethernet, NMEA 0183, autopilots, radar commissioning, gyros and satellite compasses, satellite communications antennas, VHF, SSB, AIS, and EMI. 
Pre-requisite: Student must have taken the basic MEI Installer Training class.

Pricing for Basic MEI, Basic NMEA 2000, AMEI training: $450 member / $650 non-member
Pricing for the Advanced NMEA 2000 training course: $650 member / $850 non-member

Click here to register.
Questions? Contact Cindy Love, (410) 975-9425 or clove@nmea.org

Course materials are sent out in advance, please sign up early.

By Professional Mariner Staff