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 Course Title:   Marine Electrical Systems II

 Title Abbreviation:   MARINE ELECTRICAL SYS II

 Department:    MT

 Course #:    133

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Advanced vessel electrical systems, sizing of battery banks, multi-state voltage regulation, inverter systems, wind and solar charging systems, gen-sets and galvanic corrosion. Preparation for ABYC Marine Electrical Technician Certification.

 Prerequisite  

Prerequisite: MT 132 or instructor permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Calculate battery bank size needed for vessel system support for a given number of days.
  2. Understand requirements for connections of shore power cords to dock power pylons and hull inlet connectors.
  3. Plan and install battery banks to support vessel system loads.
  4. Plan and install charging systems in accordance with ABYC guidelines.
  5. Modify internally regulated alternators for external voltage regulation operation.
  6. Install and calibrate battery monitoring systems to support vessel battery banks.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of inverter operation and installation by successfully installing and operating an inverter.
  8. Measure and adjust output frequency of an on-board engine driven generator.
  9. Complete a galvanic corrosion survey on a vessel and recommend corrective or maintenance items necessary for control.
  10. Understand function and testing of galvanic isolators, isolation transformers, and reverse polarity indicators.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of wind-driven changing devices by completing installation guide questions with a 70% competence.
  12. Demonstrate understanding of solar charging systems by completing installation guide questions with a 70% competence.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

Course Contents

  1. Battery banks sizing calculations.
  2. Battery bank installation requirements, battery construction choices, and ABYC installation guidelines.
  3. Alternator and AC battery charging options, installation and monitoring of system functions.
  4. Alternator modification to support external voltage regulators, multi-step voltage regulation.
  5. Wind driven and solar battery charging applications, installation and monitoring.
  6. Engine driven AC generator functions, frequency measurement and adjustment.
  7. Connections of shore power cords to dock power pylons and hull inlet connectors.
  8. Charging systems in accordance with ABYC guidelines.
  9. Regulated alternators for external voltage regulation operation.
  10. Battery monitoring systems.
  11. Inverter operation and installation.
  12. Output frequency of an on-board engine driven generator.
  13. Galvanic corrosion survey.
  14. Galvanic isolators, isolation transformers, and reverse polarity indicators.
  15. Preparation for ABYC Marine Electrical Certification.