New Engineering Course at GMATS

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

GMATS has recently added a new course in Marine High Voltage Safety.  This course meets the unique demands in the maritime field for training concerning high voltage electrical situations.  It has been written in cooperation with current industry leaders who are using high voltage equipment daily.  The special needs in the marine environment for high voltage training are addressed in this class as they pertain to propulsion, maintenance and repair.

In marine use and ashore the term “high voltage” refers to voltages over six hundred volts. The use of high voltage power is becoming much more common in the marine propulsion field and is commonly found in offshore oil rigs, cruise ships, and new builds.  High voltage offers more challenges to mariners, and requires a new set of skills to reduce the occurrence of fatal accidents. 

GMATS has focused the course of instruction to provide the student with working knowledge of:  the tools, test gear, and protective equipment necessary to work with or near high voltage power; the most current equipment including Personnel Protective Devices such as protective gloves and safety clothing; the hazards and assessment of arc flash; and insulation measurement of high voltage propulsion motors and generators, grounding of conductors for repair, and A.C to D.C rectification. This course can provide skills directly useable by professional mariners, shore side supervisors and port engineers.

(http://gmats.usmma.edu)

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