Boat Electronics Course Online from MECO Training

Marine Electronics Course Level 3

Fully comprehensive and actively up-to-date study of advanced marine electronic systems.

Pre Course requirements:

MECO Level 1

MECO Level 2

Full Package

This advanced course is available as part of the Full MECO MET-3 training package covering all the pre-course requirements.

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Course Curriculum

  Introduction
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  NMEA 0183
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  NMEA 2000
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  Raymarine Sea Talk
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  Transducers & Senders
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  High Speed Network
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  Engine Electronics
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  Radio Waves
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  The Multifunction Display
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  Conclusion Final Lectures
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Data Networks

Even the most basic marine electronics system has some form of data network to enable devices to communicate with each other. During the course you will learn about all the various network protocols in great detail from the basic voltages and pulses to the bits and bytes that make up the data. Old, new, and future planned standards are included such as NMEA 0183 V1, V2, NMEA 2000, Sea Talk, OneNET and more.

Engine Interface

Many marine engines and outboards now have Engine Control Units, making the process of interfacing this data with the vessels data easier. However even basic engines with no electronics can still be rigged up to join the party. During the course you will learn how to display engine parameters from any engine, including onboard tank levels, in fact virtually anything that can be measured can be displayed on a Multi Function Display, tablet, or phone.

Radio Systems

Learn about all the radio systems you could find onboard including VHF, MF, HF, SSB, Radar, AIS, GNSS, Navtex, Satellite, and GSM - in great detail. You will learn about cabling and connector requirements between these devices and their antennas, calculating line losses, and testing signal loss. This is a complex area of marine electronics and requires many more considerations than traditional cabling.

Transducers

Gain a detailed insight into how all the onboard transducers transform one type of energy into an analogue, and then onto a digital NMEA signal. There are a number of various ways information can be gathered, distributed and centralised within a marine electronics system, and during your course you will learn how each system accomplishes its objectives within a myriad protocols dating from the 1980s to the latest cutting edge technology.

Displays

There is a huge choice of Multifunction devices available to display the vessels data - but very few can display every parameter available. Ensuring any devices you buy actually do what you want at the planning stage can save a lot of money and disappointment down the line. During the course you will learn specifically what to look for and how to identify potential compatibility issues at the planning stage, and how to avoid both over and under 'spec' equipment for your needs.

Radar & CCTV

In conjunction with the low speed networks such as NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 a marine electronics system would not be complete without the high speed network. Devices such as Radar, Sonar, CCTV and night vision require an Ethernet based network, and the MET 3 course covers how the high speed devices can be networked to be robust and reliable in the harsh marine environment. This is an area where providing scope for expandability, and redundancy can save a lot of time and effort down the line.

CAN Bus Technology

Build a thorough understanding as to how each electronic device is interconnected, from the cables, connectors, voltages, pulses, signals, bits, bytes, binary, hex to how the software displays the information. A detailed study of how each parameter is measured and converted to data - such as wind, depth, speed, oil pressure, engine temp, tank levels, and much more, and how electronics devices from different manufactures organise themselves into a polite conversation.

For Both Professionals & Leisure boaters.

The course is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn everything there is to know about marine electronics. Many or our level 3 learners are hands-on boat owners, skippers, and yacht crew, and more recently MECO courses are used in universities, and technical colleges around the world.



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Pre Course Requirements

Complete this course as part of the Full MECO MET 3 Masterclass.

Entire suit of MECO Electrical and Electronics courses.

Please note that the complete package of 3 courses is around 6 weeks total minimum recommended study time, however there is no rush - you can take as long as you like..

Level 1, 2 & 3 MET 3 Package Price £399 - More info