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.



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