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U.S. Coast Guard Exams for Engineer Officer (MODU) - Engineering Original-Raise of Grade & Renewal Examinations

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Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) are vessels that are deployed in drilling activities for the exploration of natural resources deep beneath the sea-bed. Various types of MODU's include - Rigs, ships, jackups, submersibles, deepwater units and more.

Endorsements as chief engineer (MODU) or assistant engineer (MODU) authorize service on certain self-propelled or non-self-propelled units of unlimited propulsion power where authorized by the vessel's certificate of inspection.

If an applicant successfully completes an examination and possesses the total required sea service for an endorsement as chief engineer (MODU), but does not possess the required sea service onboard self-propelled or propulsion assisted units, the Coast Guard may issue the applicant an endorsement limited to non-self-propelled units.

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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.

Chief Engineer MODU Examinations - Original / Raise of Grade Examinations

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Table: Chief Engineer MODU Exam Details Credits: USCG 

  • Raise of Grade from Assistant Engineer MODU to Chief Engineer MODU - All of the above required

MODU Engineer 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: MODU Engineer Renewal Exercise Credits: USCG

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