This 1-week course covers data communications principles, terminology, LAN standards and protocols, and network topologies. The OSI model will be used as a framework for discussion. Modern network hardware will be examined, including communication cable types, connectors, network interface, repeaters, and switches. Lower level standards as well as upper layer network protocols will be presented, with emphasis on Ethernet and TCP/IP. Industrial network standards and fieldbus protocols will be examined and compared, including requirements such as deterministic performance, redundancy, noise mitigation techniques, and fault recovery. Lab projects will include cable termination and testing, network hardware and software configuration, connectivity tests, capturing and analyzing network data frames, and troubleshooting.


Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None



The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School is a private maritime educational facility for training members of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, as well as all maritime and related industry professionals.


To provide each of today's professional marine engineers, deck officers, and related industry professionals with internationally recognized, state of the art training and experience that enhances the safety, reliability, and profitability of their vessels and equipment, while preserving and protecting the natural environment.

The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School (CMES) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. CMES is  committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all MEBA members, our staff, volunteers, sub-contractors, vendors, and customers.

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