The staff of Marine Electronics
Journal greatly appreciates
the time and effort contributed
by the following NMEA members
to maintaining the magazine’s
high editorial standards.
ComMar Sales Inc.
Marina del Rey, CA
George Ensley Jr.
Ensley’s Radio Co.
New Bern, NC
Long Beach Marine
Long Beach, CA
St. Pete Beach, FL
United Radio Service
Gordon West’s Radio School
Costa Mesa, CA
Bethel Marine Electronics
Education, education, education. As in real estate, where location is most important, I believe education and training are the most important bene- fit that NMEA can provide to its membership. Survey after survey and many face-to-face conversations with manufacturers and dealers continue to indicate that education and training are either at the top of the list or
running a close second for the things the NMEA can provide to its members and
the industry overall as a member benefit.
With this in mind, your National Office staff and a group of dedicated volun-
teers over the past two years have completely rewritten the three main training
courses: basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI), Advanced Marine Electronics
The Education and Technical Committees of your NMEA have embarked on a course whose first way-
point is expanding the offerings to our members. We have been looking at a variety of “hands on” train-
ings with a focus on things such as connector application, how to use the various special tools we have,
and the specific challenges in maritime that simply don’t exist in most other industries. We are also look-
ing at working with manufacturers and others to develop specific education materials and programs to
address issues like hydraulics, fasteners and sealing techniques, giving thought to structure when
installing equipment, the ergonomics of equipment operation for various boating activities and in-depth
transmission line requirements, to name a few. We all know that proper planning and execution are of
paramount importance to get the reliability and functionality of the equipment and systems we install.
I’m also pleased to report that revision of the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard is on track and should
be available soon. A big THANK YOU needs to go to Steve Wallace and all the committee volunteers who
have contributed to this monumental task. We have been reviewing our policies on the prices for copies
of the new version as well as updating members who have purchased copies in the past. Keep checking
your NMEA.org website for further details on this important member benefit as they become available.
Finally, the Education Committee (mostly Hugh Lupo) is working on producing a CEU (Continuing
Education Unit) curriculum for our CMET Certification, which includes the requirements of the FCC
GROL with radar endorsement to be taught in maritime institutes and junior colleges. Keep an eye out
for updates on this exciting development from your NMEA. Education, education, education—that is our
We are always in need of volunteers to work on the various committees that assist the NMEA National
Staff to produce this important material. We look forward to hearing from you—our members—with your
ideas on how we can continue to improve your association.
Powering up the education
and training agenda