Marine Electrical Basics

Marine Electric Basics - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

A bit anxious about your boat's electrical systems? Want to be more confident diving into them? This three-session class will cover both the basic theory and the beginner hands-on practical skills that you'll need to start working on your boat's electrical systems.  

The majority of the class time will be spent using tools or equipment, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions of the instructor (no homework!). This will be project-based learning, and by the end of the class each student will have individually installed and tested AC and DC electrical systems on their own training board.


Learning Objectives

  • Discover the differences between AC and DC power
  • Learn to use common marine electrical tools and safety equipment
  • Practice using a digital multimeter on AC and DC electrical systems
  • Properly select wiring and over-current protection for AC and DC electrical loads
  • Properly strip, crimp, and heat-shirink wire connections of carious types
  • Secure wiring in engine room and non-engine room spaces using carious methods


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Recreational boaters interested in learning more about their boat and feel more self-sufficient in their knowledge and ability
  • Boaters wanting to learn about their boat’s electrical systems and gain practical skills and experience working on them
  • Anyone wanting to deepen or refresh their knowledge and get their questions answered


Class Details


Spring 2024

  • When : Wednesday, , Thursday May 22 to May 30 ; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location : SCSMA , SC - SMA - Elec Lab -SMA0101 , 4455 Shilshole Ave. NW Seattle WA 98107
  • Fee : $329