WEST COAST BOATYARD ASSOCIATION


Upcoming events

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quadrant Marine Institute - 1806 Maritime Mews, Granville Island, Vancouver BC

    NMEA Marine Electronics Installer Course

    Recently updated with the most current information available!  This training is suitable for installers, product designers, surveyors, etc.

    Non-member Price $650 CAD

    WCBA or NMEA Member Price $450 CAD

    Full details and registration at: Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Vancouver BC

    This is an introductory course in marine electronics installation that clarifies and defines competent installation practices. Topics include: Ohms law, grounds, battery and battery chargers, DC wiring, EMI, coaxial cables, antennas, AIS, marine VHF radios, transducers,radar, heading sensors and NMEA data interfacing.

    An MEI certificate is an indication of a working knowledge of NMEA’s Installation Standard.



    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quadrant Marine Institute - 1806 Maritime Mews, Granville Island, Vancouver BC

    Basic NMEA 2000® Network Course

    The NMEA 2000® Network course is primarily targeted for the beginner or those who have been installing NMEA 2000® but would like more information, more clarity and an opportunity to share ideas with others who have installed NMEA 2000® networks. The course provides information beyond the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard or the MEI and Advanced MEI Training. 

    Non-member Price $650 CAD

    WCBA or NMEA Member Price $450 CAD

    Full details and registration at Basic NMEA 2000 Network Course, Vancouver BC

    Topics include: 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.

    You will take from this class the near-term and long-term benefits of NMEA 2000® certified equipment, accepted installation practices for NMEA 2000® backbone cable and products, including selection of cable, power application point, and alternatives that make it work best. You will also have sufficient working knowledge of NMEA 2000® so you can successfully troubleshoot problems when they arise and correctly identify/repair/replace the faulty device(s) or network cabling problems.


    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quadrant Marine Institute - 1806 Maritime Mews, Granville Island, Vancouver BC

    NMEA Advanced Marine Electronics Installer Course

    An Advanced MEI certificate is an indication that a mid-level technician has a working knowledge regarding commissioning of a boat and troubleshooting marine electronic devices under supervision of a Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET). 

    Non-member Price $650 CAD

    WCBA or NMEA Member Price $450 CAD

    Full details and registration at: Advanced Marine Electronics Installer, Vancouver BC


    Pre-requisite:
    There are 2 main pre-requisites for the AMEI Course:
     
    1.    Student must have taken and passed the basic MEI course
    2.    All students must have at least one year of field experience installing marine electronics before NMEA will issue an AMEI Certificate.  
     a.    If the student already does have this field experience, it needs to be verified in writing by the student's employer.
     b.    If the student does not yet have this field experience (for example they are a new hire, graduate, new to the industry, or apprentice), they will be eligible for their AMEI Certificate exactly one year from the date of issue on the MEI certificate

    Please note that any student can take the AMEI class and test at any time. As a marine electronics installer, field experience is the best independent teaching tool. 

    Topics include: Marine Computer Installations, Data & Ethernet, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), VHF, DSC, SSB, Non-Magnetic Heading Sensors, Antenna Placement / Satellite Communications, AIS, Radar and Autopilot.


    • 01 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quadrant Marine Institute - 1806 Maritime Mews, Granville Island, Vancouver BC
    Advanced NMEA 2000® Installer Training 

    This new advanced course focuses on installations, setup, and troubleshooting of complex NMEA 2000® networks. The class consists of a half-day PowerPoint presentation before the included class lunch. The second half of the day will be all hands-on, as students split into small groups at classroom work stations equipped with complex NMEA 2000 ® networks. The purpose of the hands-on portion is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the ability to design, build, configure, evaluate, backup network files and troubleshoot using techniques taught by the NMEA instructor.  The training class features NMEA 2000®-certified products from virtually all major manufacturers, including multi-function displays (MFDs) and multiple sensors of the same function, which require instruction on instancing. Most importantly, this allows students to get familiar with the advanced NMEA 2000 setup features within each manufacturer’s MFD, as this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.


    Non-member Price $850 CAD

    WCBA or NMEA Member Price $650 CAD

    Full details and registration at: Advanced NMEA 2000 Installer, Vancouver BC

    Pre-requisite:
    There are 2 main pre-requisites for the Advanced NMEA 2000® Installer Training:

    1.    Student must have taken and passed the NMEA2000 course.
    2.    All students must have at least one year of field experience installing marine electronics before NMEA will issue an Advanced NMEA2000® Certificate.  
    a.    If the student already does have this field experience, it needs to be verified in writing by the student's employer.
    b.    If the student does not yet have this field experience (for example they are a new hire, graduate, new to the industry, or apprentice), they will be eligible for their Advanced NMEA2000 Certificate exactly one year from the date of issue on the NMEA2000® certificate.

    Please note that any student can take the Advanced NMEA2000® class and test at any time. As a marine electronics installer, field experience is the best independent teaching tool. 

    This requirement eliminates the possibility of good test takers with no field experience.


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