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Old 08-21-2004, 05:31 PM
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Default How to become a Marine Electrician

I have been searching far and wide over the Internet for information on how to become a Marine Electrician. It has been challenging to find the right info to even try to begin down a path for this job.

Does anyone out there have any advice/ideas on how to get into this career? Know of any schools that offer the appropriate programs? I am in the Southcentral PA area, so I am near the Chesapeake, Delmarva, or along East Coast, etc.

I would appreciate any information anyone may have. Thank you so much for your help!
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:20 PM
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You will need ABYC certification to be a mairne electrician. You can learn more about the organization at:

http://abyc.com/education/index.cfm
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Old 08-22-2004, 09:52 AM
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Seahorse, thank you for your response. That is a good start -- I did not know that you must be AYBC certified.

Must you first become a "general" electrician? Like, go to trade school, go through apprenticeship and journeyman?
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I'm sure it varies from state to state, but here in Texas it's possible to become an electrician by working under the supervision of a master electrician for a certain number of hours then taking the state test to get your license.

You're on the right track, a knowledgeable marine electrician is assured of employment at a very good wage. I'd suggest getting one of Nigel Calder's books, "Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Systems" comes to mind. I'd also contact ABYC and see what their certification track is. I'd also suggest contacting Professional Boatbuilder magazine and posing this question to them. I know they sponsor many training seminars and classes.

Much of the general electrical training won't be of much use to you as a marine elect. Marine stuff is heavy on electronics and, of course, DC. I'd try to bypass traditional training, maybe find a marine specific course and take that. Good luck to you and I'll assure you it will be worth your effort to pursue this.

Regards, Chuck. (Electrician for the University of Tx. Marine Science Institute.)
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