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Maritime and Marine Engineering Training for MEBA Members & Maritime Professionals and, Summer Internships for Maritime Academy Students in Easton, MD

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The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) operates a world-renowned training facility, the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School (CMES), in Easton, Maryland. Founded in 1966, the school is fully accredited and certified by the US Coast Guard and Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The MEBA School provides LNG training for deck and engine officers as well as to organizations such as the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Transportation Safety Board of Canada & Transport Canada. Course length varies between one week and six weeks.

The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School holds the distinction of being the first national maritime training plan designed by Union and industry. MEBA is the oldest maritime, and second oldest of all unions in the United States. The school is funded by Labor and Management, and governed by a Board of Trustees - six shipping companies' representatives and six union representatives.

The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School (CMES) prides itself in developing and offering courses before the need becomes apparent in the US marine transportation industry. The MEBA training facility has recently installed a cutting-edge Bridge Simulation System designed and built by TRANSAS USA. The simulator is one of the newest and most sophisticated systems in the world.

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Training Programs


Engineering Courses

  • Advanced Pipe Welding Practices
  • Container Refrigeration
  • Diesel Engineering
  • Engine Room Resource Management
  • Gas Turbine Engineering
  • Machine Shop Proficiency
  • Refrigeration
  • Steam Engineering
  • Tig Welding (GTAW)
  • Welding
  • Welding Proficiency

Nautical Science Courses

  • Advanced Cargo Operations
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Watchkeeping
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • Basic Oil & Chemical Tanker Operations
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems
  • Operating Principles of Marine Power Plants
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft

Electrical Courses

  • High Voltage Safety
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Instrumentation
  • Marine Electric Propulsion
  • Marine Electric Propulsion / High Voltage Safety
  • Marine Electrical Systems
  • MEECE
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Radar Recertification
  • Ship Management - Safety Management
  • Tankerman DL
  • Tankship Liquefied Gases (LNG)
  • Visual Communications
  • Voyage Planning

Emergency Response Courses

General Education Courses

  • Leadership & Management
  • Leadership & Teamworking
  • Maritime Instructor - Level ONE (Train-the-Trainer)
  • Qualified Assessor

Online Courses

  • Crisis Management Online
  • Crowd Management Online
  • Maritime Resource Management Online
  • Qualified Assessor Online
  • Radar Observer Recertification Online
  • Visual Communications Online

Summer Cadet Intern Program


  • Licensed Cadet Intern Program (3 weeks): The CMES Cadet Internship Program is only open to individuals who are currently attending a four-year maritime academy.  This includes individuals who graduate in June/July prior to the start of the Internship Program.  Applicants must have successfully completed at least their first three years at the academy.
  • Programs Include: USCG-approved High Voltage Safety, USCG-approved Marine Electric Propulsion, USCG-approved MEECE, Maersk and Horizon Lines requirements for Third Assistant Engineer, Government courses such as CBRD, Damage Control, Environmental Awareness, SAMM, and Small Arms, and USCG-approved Vessel Security Officer.

CMES Features

Since its inception in 1966, the school has provided quality training solely to the members and contracted company employees of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association. Commencing May 1, 2007, the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School began providing educational and training services as well as certificate programs to all maritime and technical industry professionals. The courses offered at the MEBA School ensure that our students exceed regulatory training requirements and remain at the forefront of technology. The School’s educational and training program continues to expand to meet the needs of its students and their companies.

  • Campus: The 663 acres campus just outside Easton, Maryland. The campus involves two Miles River shorefront estates now called the Manor House and several facilities, There are excellent lodging and conference accommodations for maritime meeting attendees, legislative visitors, trustees, and other guests. The local area offers many fine restaurants, small museums, and quaint shopping opportunities. Eason is approximately a 1-hour drive from Washington, DC or Baltimore and 1.5 hours away from the MD-Delaware beach resorts of Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach.
  • Purpose: US Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Licence Training for MEBA Members and approved maritime companies sponsoring their employees.
  • Calhoon Alumni Assocation: The Calhoon Alumni Assocation was founded in 1997 with the first reunion, "Bash at the Big House", taking place on June 28-29 of that same year. The purpose of the Alumni Association is to facilitate communication among the alumni of the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School and between the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School and its alumni.
  • MEBA Merchant Marine Memorial: The MEBA Merchant Marine Memorial Foundation's mission is to support a Memorial that pays tribute to fallen seafarers, their friends, families, and the maritime industry as a whole. This Memorial will provide an opportunity to honor the courageous men and women who form the heritage of the United States Merchant Marine.
  • Credit Transfer: In 2003 Thomas Edison approved the three year Cadet Program to receive 45 semester hours of college credit recommendation for those who hold at least a current USCG Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor License. In order to receive credit you must supply a transcript of your course work from the Cadet Program and a certified copy of your current USCG License.

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