Photo courtesy Jan Anderson
You’re going to meet a smart and passionate gal, in an area of business of interest to all of us and one that is intensely male dominated. Meredith Anderson, a trained engineer, just opened her own business, Meredith’s Marine Services. She works as a heavy diesel mechanic in the Puget Sound. Meredith also teaches marine diesel classes hosted by the likes of Flagship Marine and Olympic Yacht Club.
Meredith will be there for us Monday night to talk diesel engines. She’s always been fascinated by them and loves the work with them. As a woman and one who’s taught other women, she can speak in a relevant way about the subject. She can possibly help some of us get over any anxiety we may have facing what may seem a vibrating mass of metal.
For her training she attended the officer candidate program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy,or MARGRAD. It is a US Coast Guard (USCG) program attached to the Maritime Academy. From her training she received a 3rd Assistant Engineers license, and a 100-ton Masters with a sailing and towing endorsement.
For several years, as a trained engineer, she worked on diesel engines at a truck shop (vehicle mechanical systems are ultimately more sophisticated than boats.) Always drawn to her first love, boats, she moved from there to a boat yard in Anacortes then to Marine Service Center in Anacortes.
Meredith has observed, “Most places don’t have trained mechanics, just back yard mechanics.” Because of her training, the guys at both truck stops and boat yards gave her a lot of respect because she was the only fully trained diesel mechanic.
Unlike many mechanics, or electricians, Meredith likes empowering and educating folks about the work she does for them. It’s why she developed the classes she teaches. If you hire her she likes having you there and engaged with her as she does her work. She’s seen a lot of people get ripped off.
“For anyone,” said Meredith, “the biggest thing is to not be afraid to jump in in the first place.” She feels women, especially women who are married or boating with a partner, need to know about engines and boats.
Meredith doesn’t look at boat work as gender-defined. She looks at having knowledge about the boat as being a good mariner. Her feeling… “To be a good mariner you should know enough to trouble shoot all your systems if not work on them yourself outright.”
Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn good, basic information about the engine driving that boat you love.
Date: Monday, February 17th
Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)
Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
We normally meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, upstairs in #233. FOR THIS MEETING WE WILL BE MEETING IN THE SAME BUILDING BUT ON THE FIRST FLOOR. You’ll enter at the base of the stairway. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply look for the entry at the base of the stairs. Look for signs.
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