Marine Electronics Manufacturers Commit to NMEA Technical Training


According to the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), over the past three months, marine electronics manufacturers have invested nearly US $100,000 in technical training from the association.
 
Two major marine electronics manufacturers, Furuno USA and Humminbird, have arranged for 125 employees to take NMEA's Basic Marine Electronics Installer course and a course in NMEA 2000, the networking standard for marine electronics devices onboard a vessel. Six other manufacturers had one or more participants take the training, including Bass Products, FLIR, Garmin, Johnson Outdoors, Navico, and Victron Energy B.V.
 
"We are very honoured that these manufacturers feel it is worth this investment to train their staff to our NMEA 0400 installation standard,' says Johnny Lindstrom, chairman of the NMEA. "This further supports our belief that training, standards, and the various other NMEA initiatives to raise the skill set of our industry have great merit. We thank these manufacturers and all who have invested in our training programs and encourage all dealers and manufacturers to keep their crews trained to the latest standards.'
 
NMEA's new Managing Director, Mark Reedenauer, explained that the strong manufacturer participation shows the high level of commitment to and importance of proper marine electronics installations. "All three of our NMEA courses are non-manufacturer-specific, so the practices our expert instructors teach can complement manufacturer installation instructions and make for a better overall installation, resulting in a better boating experience for their customers,' says Reedenauer.
 
In December, the NMEA will release a fully updated version of the 0400 Installation Standard. Training classes will be updated to reflect the new, improved standard. The NMEA training schedule for 2015 will also be released, listing specific training dates and venues around North America.
 
Founded in 1957, the NMEA has established technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol, NMEA 2000, and certification standards for marine electronics technicians.