The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has introduced a new marine electronics course designed for the boating public.
The Severna Park, Maryland-based association has designed the courses for technically oriented boaters and end users who would like to apply the NMEA 0400 guidelines to installations that they perform on their own vessels.
The NMEA 0400 General Overview course provides highlights of NMEA's acclaimed 0400 Installation Standard. It provides general knowledge and understanding of common marine electronics installation and operational procedures, regardless of equipment manufacturer. The NMEA 0400 Installation Standard is designed to complement any manufacturer-specific installation manual.
The new course for boaters is not an NMEA Installer Certification course. However, it does utilize parts of the Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) and NMEA 2000 Network Installer courses.
The NMEA also says the new course is suitable for training marine electronics manufacturer technical support employees and technical/retail sales staff.
"As the boating industry and electronics technology are changing rapidly and becoming more plug-and-play, we all know that end users are installing their own marine electronics,' says Mark Reedenauer, NMEA's President and Executive Director. "NMEA is taking the approach of educating technical end users by providing them with information on properly installing specific pieces of marine electronics in a basic installation. This includes installing displays, antennas, transducers and a basic NMEA 2000 network. If an end user gets into a situation that is ‘over his or her head,' the NMEA technical installer base is there to help. Customers can search the NMEA website to locate certified installers in their local area.'
The course is available 24/7 on the NMEA website for a cost of US $149. There are roughly 160 PowerPoint slides that students can download and keep for reference.
A 25-question quiz is conducted at the end of the course. NMEA members (or people who join as new members on the nmea.org website) who take this course receive the 0400 Installation Standard (320-page document) free after completion.
Non-NMEA members who take this course can purchase the 0400 Installation Standard for US $300. For more information, click here.
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.