Introducing MER Trainers, Herb Knight and Bobby Kilker

19 04 2010

 MER Marine Service Training-In an expanding effort to meet our customer’s needs, the MER service department has begun conducting marine engine training classes. The first class was held in the spring of 2009 as a one-off. Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, and has lead to more classes and an ever expanding curriculum.   Classes cover topics that help reduce maintenance costs and improve vessel safety.  They are geared towards beginners, DYSers, and professional maintenance staff.  To ensure participants receive maximum benefit from the class, they are tailored to the skill level of the students and focus on the engines they are using.
A sample syllabus follows:

SYLLABUS: MER Equipment Engine Maintenance and Training Class
Instructors: Herb Knight & Bobby Kilker
Phone: 206-286-1817
Location: 338 W. Nickerson Seattle, WA 98119
Office Hours: 7:30 -5:00 Monday through Friday
This course is engine specific and is designed to increase profitability of companies by decreasing engine related downtime, and catastrophic failure repair costs.
The class will be a hands-on learning experience, taught using actual engine components and drawings to help students identify engines and their components.
We will cover the routine maintenance requirements of the engine from 0 to 25,000 hours as well as level I & II diagnostics and testing including but not limited to the following:
      Back pressure
      Temperature readings
      Turbo maintenance
      Causes and cures for excessive smoke
Fuel system:
     Injector removal and installation
     Injector testing in theory and practice
     Fuel testing
     Fuel supply inspection and troubleshooting
     Filter inspection and proper micron ratings
Cooling system:
      Monitoring and maintenance,
      Zinc replacement
      Raw water pump inspection and impeller replacement
      Belt and hose inspection and replacement
Lubrication system:
      Oil and filter change
      Test sampling intervals
      Pressure readings
Electrical system:
      Safety precautions for electricity
      Charging system maintenance and inspection
      Battery Load testing      Sensor testing
Basic Engine:
      Cylinder leak down and compression testing
      Engine alignment
      Operating temperatures, pressures and RPM
      Causes of power loss and surging
      Valve adjustment
1. Students should have a working knowledge of the marine diesel field and
engine related hand tools. No tools will be required for this course; all necessary
tools will be supplied by MER Equipment.
2. Student should wear work clothes or bring coveralls. The student will get their hands dirty!
At the conclusion of the class, the student will be graded on knowledge gained to promote their ability to make repairs, adjustments and service marine diesels.







 Please e-mail for times and dates of classes on your specific engine.

New MER Silencer Mounting Brackets

5 04 2010

After the decision is made to use a dry exhaust system instead of a wet system, the next chore is to decide where the silencer will be mounted.

One option is high up on the boat, under the stack cowling, if so equipped. Another place if space allows, is in the engine room, where fishermen often opt to mount the silencer overhead or on the back engine room bulkhead.
Now there is another option: On the engine itself, bolting directly to the top of the flywheel housing.  Our product line now includes Cowl Silencer brackets that fit the range of smaller Isuzu diesel engines, including models: 3CA, 3CB, 4LE1, 4LE2, 4TNV98, and the 4TNV98T. MER builds Cowl silencer mounting brackets to allow mounting on the back of the engine, in the little “dead space” above the generator end (or the transmission). Our new brackets provide plenty of room for the exhaust insulation blanket and provide vibration-proof stability for long life. Made of MIG welded mild steel, the brackets are available galvanized, or can be painted your choice of colors.