Engine Department


Many engine department courses have prerequisites. For example, to be accepted for Advanced Refrigeration/Containers, students must have successfully completed Basic Marine Electrician and Refrigeration System Maintenance and Operations

 

UA to FOWT Program (SHLSOS-642)

Students completing the UA to FOWT program and making application within 1 year of completion will: (1) satisfy the written exam requirements of 46 CFR 12.505 for the endorsements as FOWT, provided that the applicant presents evidence of at least 90 qualifying days of engine room sea service; AND (2) satisfy the training and assessment requirements of 46 CFR 12.609(1)(3) and Table A-III/4 of the STCW Code, as amended for RFPEW - Limited to Steam and Motor propelled vessels only PROVIDED that the applicant also presents evidence of at least 60 days of engine watchkeeping service; AND (3) receive 90 days of sea service credit that can be applied towards the service requirements of 46 CFR 12.503 for QMED endorsements PROVIDED applicants present an additional 90 days of qualifying engine room sea service, and meet all other requirements before issuance of any QMED endorsements.

 

Advanced Refrigerated Containers Maintenance

(2 weeks)

This course is designed to advance the knowledge of those seafarers who have been previously trained as a Refrigerating Engineer.  The training provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and the skills necessary to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair refrigerated containers while serving in the capacity of maintenance electrician on board a container ship.  Students receive training in refrigerated container unit operation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting. This includes the various types of engines, refrigeration, and electrical systems. The course is designed to help students develop a systematic approach to troubleshooting and maintenance procedures and leads to certification in refrigerated containers maintenance and consists of classroom and practical shop training.

 

Prerequisites: SHLSS Junior Engineer, QMED-Any Rating, Marine Electrician or Marine Refrigeration Technician

 

Basic Auxiliary Plant Operations (SHLSOS-51)

(140 hours)

This is the first of three courses required to earn a USCG rating as a Fireman/Watertender Oiler (FOWT) and the first of three courses required to satisfy STCW endorsement as a Ratings Forming Part of the Engineering Watch.  The objective of this course to provide students with knowledge and practical operational skills required of rated engine department watchstanders in auxiliary plants as they prepare to sail in the capacity of FOWT.  Successful completion of this course and presentation of the certificate within ONE year of completion, will receive 30 days sea service credit towards a QMED rating, and will be accepted as having completed the tasks for General Subjects and Shipboard Systems and Subsystems and the general practical assessments from NVIC 07-14 (1.1.C, 1.1.D, 1.1.E, 1.1.F, 1.1.G, 1.2.A, 1.2.E, 1.2.F, 1.3.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.C, 2.3.A, 3.1.A, 4.1.A, 4.2.A) and NVIC 18-14 (3.1.A, 4.1.A, 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 6.2.A, 7.2.A, 7.6.A, 9.1.A, 9.1.B, 9.2.1, 9.3.A, 10.4.A, 10.6.A, 10.6.B).

 

Prerequisites: 90 days seatime in engine department

 

Basic Electricity (SHLSOS-52) (Junior Engineer Course)

(70 hours)

This is one of three courses required for those seeking a QMED - Junior Engineer endorsement. The course provides the mariner electrical skills required of a rated member of the engine department.  Successful completion of this course and presenting the certificate of training WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.505 towards an endorsement of Junior Engineer, PROVIDED they have also completed the Engineering Plant Maintenance (SHLSOS-191) and Basic Refrigeration and HVAC (SHLSOS-64); AND present evidence of acquiring at least 90 days of engine room service while endorsed as a QMED Oiler or Fireman-Watertender prior to commencing the above training.

 

Prerequisites: Must hold RFPEW and 180 days seatime after FOWT in engine department

 

Basic Motor Plant Operations (SHLSOS-63)

(66 hours)

This is the last of three courses required to earn a USCG rating as a Fireman/Watertender Oiler (FOWT) and the last of three courses required to satisfy STCW endorsement as a Ratings Forming Part of the Engineering Watch.  The objective of this course to provide students with knowledge and practical operational skills required of rated engine department watchstanders in motor plants as they prepare to sail in the capacity of Oiler. Successful completion of this course and presentation of the certificate within ONE year of completion, will receive 30 days sea service credit towards a QMED rating, and will be accepted as having completed the tasks for General Subjects, Electrical Subjects, Motor Propulsion subjects and the motor/diesel practical assessments from NVIC 07-14 (1.1.A, 1.1.B(M), 1.1.H(M), 1.1.I(M), 1.1.J, 1.1.K, 1.2.B, 1.2.C, 1.2.D, 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 2.1.C, 2.2.A, 2.2.B, 2.3.A, 4.2.B).

 

Prerequisites:  Must have BAPO and 180 days engine seatime

 

Basic Refrigeration & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (SHLSOS-64) (Junior Engineer Course)

(70 hours)

This is one of three courses required for those seeking as QMED - Junior Engineer endorsement. This course provides the cognitive and practical mechanical skills required of Basic Refrigeration and HVAC.  Successful completion of this course and presenting the certificate of training WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.505 towards an endorsement of Junior Engineer, PROVIDED they have also completed Engineering Plant Maintenance (SHLSOS-191) and Basic Electricity (SHLSOS-52); AND present evidence of acquiring at least 90 days of engine room service while endorsed as a QMED Oiler or Fireman-Watertender prior to commencing the above training.

 

Prerequisites: Must hold RFPEW and 180 days seatime after FOWT in engine department

 

Basic Steam Plant Operations (SHLSOS-73)

(70 hours)

This is the second of three courses required to earn a USCG rating as Fireman/Watertender Oiler (FOWT) and the second of three courses required to satisfy STCW endorsement as a Ratings Forming Part of the Engineering Watch.  The objective of this course to provide students with knowledge and practical operational skills required of rated engine department watchstanders in steam plants as they prepare to sail in the capacity of F/WT.   Successful completion of this course and presentation of the certificate within ONE year of completion, will receive 30 days sea service credit towards a QMED rating, and will be accepted as having completed the tasks for General Subjects, Electrical Subjects, Steam Propulsion subjects and the steam practical assessments from NVIC 07-14 (1.1.B(S), 1.1.H(S), 1.1.I(S), 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 3.1.A, 3.1.C, 3.1.D, 3.1.E, 3.1.F, 3.1.G, 3.1.H, 3.1.I, 3.1.J).

 

Prerequisites: Must have BAPO and 180 days engine seatime

 

Designated Duty Engineer (Non-STCW)

This test prep course is intended for candidates for certification as a designated duty engineer in a periodically unmanned engineroom on a seagoing ship powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more. This course reviews topics that will be given on the USCG examination. 

 

Prerequisites: Must have Water Survival, Adv Fire Fighting, Medical Care Provider and 1080 days total sea time. Recommended to have Coast Guard approval letter valid through dates of the class

 

Engineering Plant Maintenance (SHLSOS-191) (Junior Engineer Course)

(140 hours)

This is a one of three courses required for those seeking a QMED - Junior Engineer endorsement.  The course provides cognitive and practical mechanical skills required of engineering plant maintenance. Successful completion of this course satisfies the training requirements as outlined in 46 CFR 12.505(c), the requirements of Table A-III/5 of the STCW Code, as amended,  and the equivalent tasks of the National Assessment Guidelines in NVIC 18-14 for an endorsement as Able Seafarer - Engine (1.1.A, 1.2.A, 1.3.A, 2.1.A, 2.2.A, 3.1.A, 4.1.A, 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.1.C, 5.2.A, 6.1.A, 6.2.A, 6.3.A, 7.1.A, 7.2.A, 7.3.A, 7.4.A, 7.5.A, 7.6.A, 8.1.A, 8.1.B, 9.1.A, 9.1.B, 9.2.A, 9.3.A, 10.1.A, 10.2.A, 10.3.A, 10.4.A, 10.5.A, 10.6.A, 10.6.B, 10.6.C, 10.7.A, 10.8.A, 10.8.B, 10.9.A) and the tasks from NVIC 17-14 for OICEW (5.2.B, 5.2.C, 5.2.D, 8.2.C, 9.1.B, 9.1.C).

 

Prerequisites: Must hold RFPEW and 180 days seatime after FOWT in engine department

 

Engineroom Resource Management (SHLSOS-187)

(35 hours)

Successful completion of our Engine Room Resource Management course will satisfy the ERM training requirements in 46 CFR 11.325(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); 11.327(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); 11.329(a)(4)(iv); 11.331(a)93)(i) and (b)(1); and 11.333(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); AND specific task 1.4 from NVIC 17-14 (CH1) OICEW.

 

Topics include team organization and team building, engine room procedures and practices, engine room communications, situational and cultural diversity awareness, and factors affecting human performance. Students develop a greater understanding and awareness of correct watchkeeping procedures and have a greater practical understanding of the interdependency of the various operating machinery. Students will be able to anticipate problems and troubleshoot using critical thinking and situation awareness. They will contribute to the safe and effective operation of the vessel's operation and machinery spaces.

 

Prerequisites: 36 months of seagoing service in the engine department; upgrading to or hold an Engineering license

 

Machinist (SHLSOS-261)

(102 hours)

This course provides mariners cognitive and practical mechanical skills in the area of general metalworking and machine tool operations.  Successfully completing the Machinist course and presenting the Certificate of Training WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE COMPLETION OF TRAINING will satisfy the written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.505(a) for the Machinist portion of the combined QMED-Pumpman/Machinist endorsement of 46 CFR 12.501(b)(1)(v) PROVIDED applicant currently holds a QMED-Pumpman rating or has completed and approved QMED-Pumpman course within one year of this application. Assessments will meet the requirements of 8.1.A of NVIC 17-14 for the use of hand tools.

 

Prerequisites: Completed Junior Engineer course, 120 days seatime as a Junior Engineer and hold RFPEW

 

Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (SHLSOS-176)

(70 hours)

This course is open to any Chief Engineers or 1AE seeking endorsement or renewal on vessels of 3000kW/4000 HP or more. Any applicant who has successfully completed the Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (SHLSOS-176) course will satisfy the Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment training requirement of 46 CFR 11.325(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); 46 CFR 11.327(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); 46 CFR 11.331(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); and 46 CFR 11.333(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); AND the following demonstration of competencies from the Chief Engineer/Second Engineering Officer NVIC 15-14 and NVIC 16-14:  Tasks 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.1.E, 6.1.A.  Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets for the above tasks when applying for STCW endorsement.

 

Prerequisites: Complete OICEW or DDE 750kW/1000HP course OR hold valid STCW endorsement for OICEW in manned ER or an endorsement as DDE in periodically unmanned ER of 750kW/1000HP or more.

 

Marine Electrician (SHLSOS-269)

(280 hours)

Successfully completing this course and presenting the certificate of training will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.501 (b)(4) for the Electrician portion of the combined QMED-Electrician/Refrigerating Engineer, if presented within one year of the completion of training; PROVIDED the applicant presents evidence of 90 days of engine room service while holding an endorsement as a QMED prior to the commencement of this training; AND the accepted tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines of NVIC 17-14 of OICEW (6.1.D, 6.1.E, 6.2.A, 7.1.A, 7.2.A, 7.2.B, 7.3.A, 7.4.A). 

 

The objective of the Marine Electrician course is to provide Engine Department personnel the ability to perform Function: Electrical, Electronic, and Control Engineering at the Support Level; Maintenance and Repair at the Support Level; and Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Support Level.  This course teaches the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to perform maintenance and repair operations on motors, generators, and controllers on board ship. 

 

Prerequisites: Must have completed SHLSS Junior Engineer, 90 days’ sea time as QMED, or endorsed as QMED-Any Rating

 

Marine Refrigeration Technician (SHLSOS-274)

(210 hours)

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Refrigeration (SHLSOS-274) course and presents your certificate of training WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE COMPLETION OF TRAINING will satisfy:  the written exam requirements of 46 CFR 12.505(a) for the Refrigerating Engineer portion of the combined QMED-Electrician/Refrigerating Engineer endorsement of 46 CFR 12.501(b)(1)(iv) PROVIDED applicant currently holds a QMED-Electrician rating or has completed an approved QMED-Electrician course within one year of this application; AND the following specific tasks from the OICEW NVIC 17-14: 4.3.T, 4.3.U, and 4.3.V; AND the specific task from RFPEW NVIC 7-14: 1.1.E

 

The objective of the Marine Refrigeration Technician Course is to provide Engine Department personnel with the theoretical and practical knowledge and the skills necessary to perform maintenance and repair operations on ship’s stores plants, air conditioning plants, cargo refrigeration, ventilation and dehumidification equipment, as well as pantry refrigerators, water coolers, and ice machines. An introduction to refrigerated container units is also presented.

  

Prerequisites: 120 days seatime after completion of SHLSS JE course; Must have completed Marine Electrician course

 

Pumpman (SHLSOS-380)

(35 hours)

Successful completion of this course and presenting certificate within ONE year of the completion of training will satisfy the written exam requirements of 46 CFR 12.505(a) for the Pumpman portion of the combined QMED-Pumpman/Machinist endorsement of 46 CFR 12.501(b)(1)(v) PROVIDED applicant currently holds a QMED-Machinist rating or has completed an approved QMED-Machinist course within one year of this application; AND tasks 5.1.A, 5.2.A, 5.2.B, 5.2.C, 5.2.D, 5.2.E from the National Assessment Guidelines for an Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch NVIC 17-14.

 

The objective is to provide engine department personnel with the theoretical and practical knowledge and the skills necessary to operate, maintain, and repair the equipment associated with the handling of liquid cargo onboard a tankship. Topics covered in the Pumpman course are Inert gas systems, crude oil washing systems, vapor recovery, and 2 days of assessment in the cargo simulator.

 

Prerequisites: Must have completed machinist and welding courses

 

Self-Unloading Advanced

(32 hours)

This course is intended for mariners sailing in the capacity of head tunnelman/conveyorman or intend to sail as head tunnelman/conveyorman. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to safely operate and maintain the conveyor system and all associated components.

 

Prerequisite: seatime as a Conveyorman with 1 year of sea service

 

Self-Unloading Basic

(35 hours)

This course is designed for mariners currently sailing on Great Lakes self-unloading vessels who have a desire to move into the conveyorman job.  The objective of this course is to train deck or engine sailors in the basics of the job of conveyorman/tunnelman on a self-unloading ship. Topics will emphasize safety and includes work hour management, job responsibilities, familiarization and operation of the unloading system, conveyor system clean up and shut down, troubleshooting, general maintenance, welding safety, record keeping and inventories.

 

Prerequisite: seatime as a Conveyorman with 1 year of sea service

 

Welding and Metallurgy Skills and Practices (SHLSOS-551)
(105 hours)

The objective of the course is to Engine Department personnel to tack and run a straight bead in a variety of situations and to test a weld using dye penetrant.  This course is part of the Pumpman Program and the Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch Program.  Any applicant completing this course and presenting the certificate of training will be credited with the tasks from OICEW NVIC 17-14, namely 8.1.B and 8.1.C.  

 

Prerequisites: Must be Q4


The course schedule may change to reflect the needs of the membership, the industry or the national interest. Seafarers should continue to consult each monthly edition of the Seafarers LOG for the most up-to-date course schedule.

For additional information, contact the Paul Hall Center, P.O. Box 75, Piney Point, MD 20674-0075; telephone (301) 994-0010. Please note that students should check in the Saturday before their course's start date. The courses listed here will begin promptly on the morning of the start dates.

In addition, basic vocational support program courses are offered throughout the year, one week prior to the AB, QMED, FOWT, Third Mate, Tanker Assistant and Water Survival courses. An introduction to computer courses will be self-study.