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RCC partners with marine associations to offer certification courses

By Tom Martin
January 20, 2014

A new partnership between Rappahannock Community College, the Virginia Marine Trades Association, and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) will soon result in a number of courses leading to ABYC certification, which will be offered at the Deltaville Community Association Building (17147 General Puller Highway, Deltaville). The first of these will be a four-day course on marine electrical systems, to be held January 28-31(Tuesday through Friday), from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

This course is designed for students with a minimum of three to five years of practical experience in the field of marine electrical design, service, or installation. They should already be familiar with ABYC electrical standards, though these will be reviewed as part of the course. Candidates should have some prerequisite background in electrical fundamentals, AC shore power systems, cable installation and termination, AC generators, maintaining and installing battery systems and battery charging systems, AC and DC panel boards, inverters, AC and DC components, and safety equipment.

The course instructor is Clyde Head of CE Marine Services, Inc., in Tennessee. Head is an ABYC Master Technician with three certifications, and is not only an ABYC certification instructor, but also serves on the ABYC Technical Board and is a member of its Electrical Project Technical Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in business management, both from Vanderbilt University, and worked for a time with the Navy Nuclear Power Program. A part owner of the Boating Corporation of America, he founded CE Marine Services in 2000 for the purpose of offering technical consulting services to boat builders and boat owners. In addition to his other qualifications, he is a National Marine Manufacturers’ Association certification compliance instructor, and an inspector for the International Marine Certification Institute of Brussels, where he evaluates boats built in the United States for the European market.

The ABYC electrical certification class is made available through RCC’s Workforce and Community Development Office; its cost is $685 for in-state ABYC members and $1200 for out-of-state members or non-members. For more information, please call RCC-Workforce at 804-758-6750.

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