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U.S. Coast Guard Exams for Engine Rating Endorsements (QMED) - Engine Original, Rating Raise of Grade & Renewal Examinations

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QMED Junior Engineer's overall responsibility of engineering systems maintenance and repair work including keeping required records, logs, and reports. QMED Electrician/Refrigerating Engineer looks after the engine room operations and maintenance of electrical and refrigeration systems such as generator and distribution systems, electric motors, high voltage installations etc.

QMED Oiler does wiping oil, maintaining tools and, cleaning, preparing, and painting of machinery, equipment, and related spaces. QMED Fireman / Watertender monitors evaporators to ensure proper operation including temperatures, pressure and water levels are maintained etc. QMED Pumpman / Machinist maintains, repair, and operate deck machinery, lathes, drill presses, welding, brazing systems, etc.

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A mariner seeking an original national endorsement or raise of grade based on training or service started on or after March 24, 2014, will be examined under the requirements of the final rule published by the Coast Guard on December 24, 2013, (78 FR 77796) . Those who started before March 24, 2014, will be examined under the regulations and policy in effect before that date unless they have specifically requested to examine for their endorsement under the final rule 78 FR 77796.

Junior Engineer QMED Endorsement Examinations

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Table: Junior Engineer QMED Exam Details Credits: USCG 

  • An applicant that has successfully completed the modules for Electrician-Refrigerating Engineer, Oiler, and Fireman-Watertender can be issued the Junior Engineer endorsement without testing provided they have met all other service and training requirements

Electrician-Refrigerating Engineer QMED Endorsement Examinations

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Table: Electrician-Refrigerating Engineer QMED Exam Details Credits: USCG 

  • Refrigerating Engineer to Electrician-Refrigerating Engineer - Q802 Electrician required
  • Electrician to Electrician-Refrigerating Engineer - Q803 Refrigerating Engineer required

Machinist-Pumpman QMED Endorsement Examinations

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Table: Machinist-Pumpman QMED Exam Details Credits: USCG

  • Pumpman to Machinist-Pumpman - Q807 Machinist required
  • Machinist to Machinist-Pumpman - Q808 Pumpman required

QMED Renewal Exercise

Renewal exercises are open book exercises issued to the mariner by the Regional Exam Centers. It is recommended that completed exercises be returned to the Regional Exam Center for scoring within thirty days in order to assure the examination cycle, including retakes, is completed within ninety days. In no case will a renewal exercise be accepted if returned, based on the postmark date, more than 90 days from the original mailing date.

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Table: QMED Renewal Exercise Details Credits: USCG

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