Marine Diesel Engine Workshops for Women

NWSA will resume in person courses as soon as circumstances allow.

Another fine educational experience to learn about maintaining and repairing your diesel engine.

This course covers the diesel engine plus the drive train including the stuffing box. This is a hands-on course. When you arrive, you will find a diesel motor disassembled with an intact block. All the other parts will be arranged on several tables. A diesel motor has six systems: fuel, raw water, fresh water, air, oil and electric. If any one of the systems malfunctions, you will be without an engine. You and your classmates will assemble the engine system-by-system, learning the purpose of each and the symptoms that will cause a part to fail. After assembling the engine, you will know what makes a diesel engine run, and if it stops, what system to go to t get it running again. To make it all come together, you will then go to a boat in the water with a working diesel and cause it to fail and get to go again.

This course will not turn you into a diesel mechanic, but it will give you the knowledge to diagnose the usual things that cause a diesel to fail (fuel problem or overheating being the most common), and know whether you can fix it or need to call in a mechanic.

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