The following 90 minute education tracks will run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings September 21 & 22.

Modernizing AIS
This technology session will overview the different classes of AIS including the new Class B SO and their functions. Examples of new ways AIS is being used to enhance safety, navigation, and protect the environment including restricting maritime traffic during rocket launches, undersea high-voltage transmission cables from anchor strikes, and guide shipping in the busiest ports away from hazardous wrecks. With newly allocated frequencies, AIS and other related VHF data exchange technologies (VDES) are set to grow even further in the coming years with a range of new marine applications.
Business Sense LIVE (Wednesday only)
Marine electronics dealer and author of the Business Sense column in Marine Electronics Journal will moderate an open forum for business owners to discuss challenges and share solutions. The goal is for the audience to take home ideas for improving their businesses in a wide range of areas. Bring your questions, suggestions, and best practices. 
Sell Safety with Your Marine Electronics
A very important, yet sometimes overlooked, sale and post-sale training to your customer is including safety devices as part of the electronics package and teaching your customers how to use them in the event of an emergency. This session will review key life saving devices including DSC Integration with the on-board VHF, making a DSC test call, EPIRBS, SARTS, and MOB devices and how they can integrate with modern marine electronics.
Email Marketing, Google Business, and Social Media

In this business focused track, learn how to target, engage, nurture, and convert marine consumers by using the best practices for email campaigns, social media, and google business practices. Get an overview of current trends as well as some actionable tactics to help you get a handle on these ever-changing technologies.
Get Ready for OneNet - The High-Bandwidth Marine Ethernet Solution

The OneNet Standard is now released and provides manufacturers a common network infrastructure for marine devices and/or services on IPv6. All OneNet application protocols, such as PGN Messages, are designed to use a standard IPv6 network protocol stack. NMEA OneNet brings new levels of flexibility using IPv6 and the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Local Area Network. OneNet provides a common network infrastructure for marine devices and can support high-bandwidth applications such as audio/video data transport.
Space and the future of Satellite Communications

This technical session overviews the many satellites up in orbit around our Earth. What functions do they serve for the maritime space? What manufacturers use specific satellites for communications? Learn how knowing the function and location of satellites can help you in your day-to-day installations and troubleshooting of the wide array of marine electronic equipment that relies on satellites to function properly. 
NMEA 2000 Certification Process
This technical session is geared for manufacturer engineers who are in the beginning stages of developing a NMEA 2000 product. NMEA has industry experts who can guide new NMEA 2000 manufacturers through the development and certification process from start to finish.  In this session learn how to understand how all of the Appendices of the NMEA 2000 Standard tie together and how to use the certification software tool as a test platform as you design your product to comply to the standard.
Sonar Technology Panel (Tuesday Only)
This panel of industry manufacturers will overview different segments of the marine electronics market that utilize sonar in different ways.  Overview Sidescan, Searchlight, and tow behind sonar systems, their applications, and installation of the most important component, the transducer.
Engage with your local trade school
Learn how to team up with your local trade school or high school that offers a marine technology program. Some of these schools may be in your backyard! These schools are grooming techs to enter into the workforce and help our skilled worker shortage.  NMEA and ABYC work with many of these schools as they teach electronics and electrical to their students. See what schools are offering for apprenticeships and internships as you may be able to secure a long-term employee who is trained on day one of their job! 
Specialty Diagnostic Tools
This technical session will focus on diagnostic and testing tools that have been identified by expert installers and technicians to specifically troubleshoot and test certain pieces of marine electronic equipment. This hands-on session invites audience participation as instructors demonstrate and give an overview of how certain tools can help you quickly and effectively finish an installation or troubleshoot a problematic piece of equipment or cable.  Inspection cameras, cable testers, Multi Meters, NMEA 2000 diagnostic software, VHF testers and label printers are some of the specialty products demonstrated.
The Art of Hands On Connectors

This hands-on installer session will allow you master the art of properly fitting widely used field installable connectors from expert installers.  Learn the best practices to professionally install field attachable connectors including PL259, RJ45, NMEA 2000, and F Connectors onto their respective cables. Attendees can witness expert installers attach these various connectors onto their specific cables and will also get to install these cables on their own as guided by the instructor.

NMEA Installer Training Classes
These all-day training classes run 8am-5pm and allow students to obtain their NMEA installer credentials during the conference.
All students get a full conference registration included with registration fee which includes breakfast and lunch along with access to all conference scheduled activities and food.
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Pre-registration is required for these classes.

Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI)
Tuesday, 9/21 8-5pm ($450 member / $650 non-member)
Trainer: Johnny Lindstrom

Basic NMEA 2000 Network Installer
Wednesday, 9/22 8-5pm ($450 member / $650 non-member)
Trainer: Johnny Lindstrom

Advanced Marine Electronics Installer (AMEI)

Thursday, 9/23 8-5pm ($450 member / $650 non-member)
Trainer: Johnny Lindstrom
Advanced NMEA 2000 Network Installer
Friday, 9/24 8-5pm  ($650 member / $850 non-member)
Trainer: Kevin Boughton

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