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 Outcomes

In this class you will learn how to properly:

  • Use a digital multimeter on AC and DC electrical systems
  • Select wiring for AC and DC electrical loads
  • Strip, crimp, and heat-shrink wire connections of various sizes
  • Secure wiring in engine room and non-engine room spaces
  • Select over-current protection devices (fuses/breakers)
  • Route wiring through bulkheads

Who Should Take 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

Boating classes will be in-person at the beautiful Seattle Maritime Academy located at: 4455 Shilshole Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107.

Seattle Central Requires COVID-19 Vaccines and Masks for Students & Staff 

Seattle Colleges will be a fully vaccinated higher education institution in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent COVID-19 Proclamations. The decision comes after consultation with the board of trustees, health and safety officials, and labor partners. 

Full vaccinations are required for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. This allows the colleges to reopen and return to in-person teaching and learning, to the fullest extent possible, while safeguarding against transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Students must report vaccination status by Nov. 1; we will update Continuing Education students about the process for that soon. 

In accordance with Washington State guidelines for the college, everyone attending in-person classes is also required to wear a face mask inside buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition, everyone who comes to an in-person class (Capitol Hill, Wood Technology Center, Seattle Maritime Academy and Georgetown) will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire each day that you visit. Please take time to review the COVID Procedures:


Winter 2022

  • 3 Thursdays ; Feb 03 to Feb 17 ; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location : SCSMA; Room SC -SMA General Class -SMA0111
  • Fee : $250
  • Class ID : 38861 ; SKU : 33029