Originally Posted by hellosailor
Bubblehead, are you looking to find a corporate job? Or self-employed working retail with the boaters and the competition?
FWIW West Marine and others often advertise for installers and techs, you might ask them what they are looking for (including radio licenses) if that's the way you want to go.
Frankly, I don't have the ambition or discipline to operate my own business. I wasn't really looking for "corporate" though, at least not in the "West Marine" sense. I was wondering if I could get hired on at a large marina or yard as their electrical guru, and whether or not it could be a profitable and rewarding way to earn a living.
My background is electricity, electronics and RF communications for the US Navy, then telecommunications (cabled/hardwired/ethernet and fiber optic) and computer networking for my current employer for the last 9 years.
I understand DC, and AC 110v and 220v systems, how to wire them, some of the guiding US electric codes (what I don't know, I confirm by research before taking action).
I also understand electronics and I could certainly troubleshoot and repair marine electronics if I had the schematics, manuals and tools to fix a specific piece of equipment. I've repaired plenty of radios and radar during my time in the Navy.
Unfortunately, I'm a "jack of all trades" with many skills, but none of them in-depth enough, and no real pedigree to back any of it up.