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USCG STCW Electro-Technical Rating 750kW/1,000 HP or More - General, Sea Service and Other Requirements by U.S. Coast Guard

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The ETR Rating is a new rating issued under regulation III/7 of the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended (STCW). ETR performs electrical, electronic and control engineering functions and duties at a support level on a ship of any propulsion power in any operating area. The duties involved for the ETR are similar to the Electro Technical Officer (ETO) but at a support level. An ETR monitors all onboard electronic and electrical equipment and maximizes the operational safety and efficiency of the vessel.

The main areas of expertise of ETR are Electrical and Electronic Systems and Automation and Control Technology.


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You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW requirements for ETR

General Requirements for STCW Electro-Technical Rating

  • Age: 18 years of age.
  • TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)
  • Medical Certificate
  • Drug testing compliance (within 6 months)
  • Sea Service letters or discharges

USCG Other Approved Training Requirements for ETR

  • Basic Training
  • Computer systems and maintenance
  • High-voltage power systems

USCG STCW Electro-Technical Rating 750kW/1,000 HP or More Sea Service Requirements

  • Sea Service Requirements Option 1: 360 days of seagoing service that includes training and experience associated with engine-room watch-keeping functions and involves the performance of duties carried out under the supervision of an engineer officer, electro-technical officer, or a qualified STCW engine rating, OR
  • Sea Service Requirements Option 2: Proof of successful completion of a Coast-Guard approved or accepted program, which includes not less than 180 days of approved seagoing service.
  • Assessments: Provide evidence of meeting the Standard of Competence specified in table A-III/7 of the STCW Code. (Unless included in approved program)
  • Note (1): Until December 31, 2017, the Coast Guard will accept assessments signed by mariners who hold an appropriate national endorsement and have at least 1 year of experience as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (OICEW) or an Electro-Technical Officer on seagoing vessels of the applicable propulsion mode(s) of at least 750 kW/1,000 HP. After December 31, 2017, QAs must be approved by the U. S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center to conduct assessments (46 CFR 10.405).
  • Note (2): Seagoing service is considered to be service on board a vessel that is relevant to qualification for ETR. The Coast Guard will accept service in the engine department of ocean, near-coastal, Great Lakes, or inland vessels of at least 750 kW/1,000 HP as being relevant to ETR. Mariners may also acquire service on vessels of less than 750 kW/1,000 HP by providing evidence that their service included duties relevant to the ETR endorsement.

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