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First Assistant Engineer or Second Engineer (STCW 750kW/1,000 HP to 3,000kW/4,000 HP Management Level) General, Sea Service and Other Requirements by U.S. Coast Guard

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Directly reporting to the Chief Engineer, a First Assistant Engineer (also called the Second Engineer) is a licensed member of the engineering department on a merchant vessel and in charge of the four to eight watch. This title is used for the person on a ship responsible for supervising the daily maintenance and operation of the engine department. They also assign duties to unlicensed personnel and monitors and records overtime.

The first engineer may stand a watch if it is the ship’s protocol or in the event of a manned engine room. They are responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and safety of all engine department machinery, equipment, and spaces for the conduct and performance of engine personnel and for economical use of consumable supplies and stores. The duties vary from contract to contract and from company to company.

  • STCW Second Engineer Officer (1st A/E) Between 750kW/1,000 HP AND 3,000kW/4,000 HP Management Level

 

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


General Requirements for USCG First Assistant Engineer (Second Engineer)

  • Age: 21 years of age.
  • TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)
  • Medical Certificate
  • Drug testing compliance (within 6 months)
  • Mariner must hold the equivalent national endorsement
  • Sea Service letters or discharges

USCG STCW First Assistant Engineer or Second Engineer Sea Service Requirements

(Between 750kW/1,000 HP to 3,000kW/4,000 HP Management Level)

  • 360 days of service as assistant engineer officer or engineer officer on vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of not less than 750 kW/1000 HP, AND Experience gained in the deck department may be creditable for up to30 days of the total service requirements
  • Assessments: Demonstration of competencies specified in Section A-III/3 of the STCW Code

Notes:

  • Mariners holding an STCW endorsement as CE or 2EO valid on vessels other than OSV’s of 750 kW/1,000 HP or more who are raising the grade of their endorsement to CE for 750 kW/1,000 HP or more for the same propulsion mode will not be required to submit assessments. Adding new propulsion requires assessments for the mode sought.
  • Operational-level assessments are not required if the mariner holds or has previously held an STCW endorsement as OICEW, 2nd EO, CE for 1,000HP or more, (not to include OSV) issued after 1997 and in the same propulsion mode. Adding new propulsion requires assessments for the mode sought.
  • Operational-level assessments and training are required if the mariner has not held an STCW endorsement as OICEW, 2nd EO, or CEO for 750Kw/1,000HP or more issued after 1997. As applicable to each propulsion mode. Adding propulsion requires assessments for the mode sought. 

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Table: STCW Second Engineer Between 750 kW/1,000 HP and 3,000 kW/4,000 HP - Assessments Credits: USCG 

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