Engineering Courses

CURRICULUM

Engineering Courses

 

NOTE: Not all courses are offered every year.  Please reference the current year's course schedule to see which courses are available.

 

ADVANCED PIPE WELDING PRACTICES

Advanced Pipe Welding Practices is a two-week advanced practical welding course for students that have already completed the four-week basic welding course. This two-week course is concentrated on SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) of Pipe, which will be taught on mild steel in all positions. This course is offered to those wishing to improve their level of skill in welding and fabrication. The majority of class time will be devoted to improving the practical skills needed to successfully weld in all positions and joint types using the above mentioned process. Important elements of basic metallurgy, welding codes, standards-of-practice, terminology, job setup, blueprint symbols, controlling stress, care of equipment, personal safety, and work-site precautions will be reviewed. Overall quality standards and pass/fail criteria are based upon the AWS D1.1-Structural Welding Code-Steel.


Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites:

1. Attendance of the CMES four week welding course within two years of course date.
2. Practical demonstration of welding proficiency if above criteria is not met.

Special Requirements: Work pants, long sleeved work shirt, and safety shoes are needed for wear in the welding shop. All other required PPE will be supplied. After successful completion of this course the student will be issued a certificate.

CONTAINER REFRIGERATION

This two-week course is designed to provide marine engineers with a working knowledge of refrigeration systems with special emphasis on Thermo King and Carrier refrigerated container units.

The lab contains seven operating container units. The units incorporate the latest refrigerants (R-134a, R-404), microprocessors, and atmosphere controls. Our newest Thermo King and Carrier units utilize the scroll compressors. The school is also a Partner in Education with Thermo King Corporation.

Topics presented include basic refrigeration principles, refrigeration instrumentation, modern refrigerants and their characteristics, and Thermo King and Carrier container components.

Laboratory experiences are hands-on exercises that emphasize the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the refrigeration and electrical systems associated with these units.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: Previous electrical training and/or work experience associated with these units is highly recommended.

Special Requirements: EPA Refrigeration Recovery Technician Certification for Type II or Universal is required for successful completion of this course.

DIESEL ENGINEERING

The six-week Diesel Engineering course is designed to give the engineer fundamental working knowledge of the theory, construction, operation, and maintenance of main propulsion and auxiliary diesel engines, engine control systems, and related auxiliary equipment. Lab sessions utilize a Sulzer 1RND68 engine trainer, a Sulzer Bridge/Engine Room Control Console, a KMSS MC-90 Slow Speed Diesel Plant Simulator, an ALFAX/ALCAP purifier, and MAR-TEC fuel oil testing cabinets. Guest lectures and practical labs will be given by ABB Turbocharging and Woodward Governor vendors.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students should bring an adequate supply of work clothes appropriate for working in a diesel engine lab environment. Safety shoes are recommended. Appropriate personal protection equipment will be made available throughout the course. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

USCG Approval: Any applicant successfully completing the Diesel Endorsement (MEBAMD-158) course within one year of the course completion date will EITHER satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 11.502 and Table A-III/2, Operation and Maintenance of Marine Diesel Engines of the STCW, as amended 2010, toward an original or raise-in-grade of a motor propulsion endorsement to the level and horsepower of their current steam or gas turbine propulsion endorsement; OR receive a onetime 70 day sea service credit toward the upgrade of the applicant's existing motor license. This credit may not be used for recency. This course may only be presented ONCE to satisfy the requirements in ONE of the options above.

ENGINE ROOM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

This course is designed to provide an officer in charge of an engineering watch an understanding of the proper utilization and considerations given to resources available in a maritime engine department. Areas of study will include team organization and team building, engine room procedures and practices, engine room communications, situational and cultural diversity awareness, and factors affecting human performance.

Each student successfully completing this course should have an understanding of the concepts and methods used to achieve an acceptable level of efficiency and safety with regards to the utilization of engine room personnel and assets.

 

Course Capacity: 24 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: 

Any applicant who has successfully completed the Engine Room Resource Management (MEBAMD-187) course will:

  1. Satisfy the Engine Resource Management training requirements of 46 CFR 11.325; 46 CFR 11.327(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); 46 CFR 11.329(a)(4)(iv); 46 CFR 11.331(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); and 46 CFR 11.333(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); AND
  2. Satisfy the Engine Resource Management knowledge requirement of:
    1. Table A-III/1 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, within Function: Marine engineering at the operational level; Competence: Maintain a safe engineering watch.
    2. Task 1.4.A, found in the National Assessment Guidelines, NVIC 17-14, Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch.

GAS TURBINE ENGINEERING

This four-week course is designed to provide an introduction to, and an understanding of, gas turbine propulsion systems as used in the marine field. Areas of study will include, but are not limited to: system terminology, thermodynamics, construction and installation designs, monitoring and control instrumentation, and propulsion configurations.

Specialized course work on specific engines such as the General Electric LM2500, Allison/Rolls-Royce 501K, and the Pratt-Whitney JT-4A provide the student with an overview of various propulsion systems found in the industry today. Fuel oil preparation, reduction gears, propeller systems (including controllable pitch designs), turbine controls, and total plant operation will also be included.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students should bring work clothes appropriate for working in a gas turbine lab environment. Safety shoes are recommended. Eye protection will be made available.

USCG Approval: Any applicant, who has successfully completed the Gas Turbine Engineering (MEBAMD-209) course and presents our Certificate of Training, within five years of completion, may have their Engineering endorsement amended for Gas Turbine propulsion in accordance:

  1. For applicants who began their service and/or training prior to March 24, 2014 and do not request to be evaluated under the current regulation:
    1. Meet the Course Completion requirements for a gas turbine endorsement in accordance with NVIC 02-01; AND
    2. Must provide evidence of sea service and/or experience in accordance with guidance published in NVIC 02-01.

    3. OR
  2. For applicants who began their service and/or training after March 24, 2014:
    1. Satisfy the training course requirement of 46 CFR 11.502(b)(4) and may be issued a Gas Turbine endorsement without additional sea service PROVIDED they have passed the appropriate USCG issued Increase-in-Scope examination for Gas Turbine. This course may be used for only one application towards an Increase-in-Scope for a Gas Turbine endorsement and may not be used in any subsequent applications.

    2. AND
  3. Be considered to have successfully demonstrated the competence for the STCW Code, as amended for Gas Turbine propulsion plants.
  4. This course may be used in conjunction with a Raise of Grade provided all other requirements for the Raise of Grade have been met.

MACHINE SHOP PROFICIENCY

Machine Shop Proficiency is a two-week course designed to provide the marine engineer with metalworking and machining skills commonly required for shipboard maintenance. This course is designed to meet the Horizon\Maersk requirements for engineers. Students will acquire the basic skills needed to complete common machining jobs. Classroom lectures include shop safety, tool geometry, metal cutting principles, print reading and tolerance guidelines. Basic machining operations and tasks are studied and practiced throughout the course. The engine lathe, associated hand tools, and allied measuring instruments are the primary focus of this course. Lathe processes include alignment, centering, dial indicator use, drilling, drill sharpening, turning, facing, boring, counter-boring, tapping, chamfering, knurling, single point thread cutting, use of a 4 jaw chuck and tapering.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Work pants, work shirt, and leather safety shoes are required wear in the machine shop.  All other required PPE will be supplied.

REFRIGERATION

This three-week course is designed to provide marine engineers with a basic knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning systems used aboard ships. The course is divided equally into classroom lectures and labs. Topics to be covered in the classroom include basic refrigeration system operation principles, pressure-enthalpy diagrams, refrigeration instrumentation, refrigerants and the oils used with each, refrigeration system components, maintenance practices and systemic troubleshooting procedures. All of these topics will be utilized in the laboratory. Special emphasis is placed on the areas of computer based training and PC based Refrigeration System Simulators.

EPA Refrigeration Recovery Technician Certification for Type I and Type II or Universal is required for successful completion of this course. Those students not possessing this certification may take a supplemental course and test which will be available to students in the evening during this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge

Special Requirements: EPA Refrigerant Recovery Technician Certification for Type I and Type II or Universal is required for successful completion of this course.

STEAM ENGINEERING

This six-week course is designed to give the licensed engineer a working knowledge of the theory, construction, operation, maintenance, and casualty control of marine steam propulsion power plants.

Topics covered include: general steam principles, steam generation, turbine construction and operation, boiler feed water systems, water chemistry, and combustion control systems. Field trips to operating steam vessels are included in this course. These field trips include one overnight trip to the SS John Brown where students are required to stand watch.

Note: This course is not available to members holding a valid license as Chief Engineer, Steam Vessels of any HP.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students should bring work clothes appropriate for working in an engine room environment. Safety shoes are recommended and eye protection will be made available. Field trips will require day travel; presentable attire required. One over night field trip will require clothes appropriate for working in an active steam engineering room environment. TWIC cards are necessary for field trips.

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Steam Engineering (MEBAMD-478) course and presenting the Certificate of Training will be considered to have either:

  1. Satisfied the requirements of 46 CFR 11.502(b)(4) for adding a steam endorsement equivalent to the same level of the motor license held at the time they attended the course. Applicants will be required to successfully complete the appropriate examinations for adding the steam endorsement; OR
  2. Be credited with 70 days sea service towards a raise in grade of their existing steam license, as per 46 CFR 10.404(a).

TIG WELDING (GTAW)

The TIG Welding GTAW Course is a two-week practical welding course for those students that have already taken the basic four-week Welding course. This course is concentrated on TIG welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in multiple positions. This course is offered for those students wishing to increase their proficiency with the GTAW process. The majority of the class time will be devoted to hands on laboratory work and building the skills necessary to produce satisfactory welds. Important elements of safety, standard operating procedures and inspection associated with the GTAW process will be covered. Overall standards are based on the American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code.


Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: Attendance of the CMES four week welding course within two years of course date

Special Requirements: Students should report with an adequate supply of work clothes appropriate for wear in a welding shop, including safety shoes, long-sleeved cotton shirt, and non-synthetic long pants. Other PPE will be supplied.

WELDING

Welding is a four-week course which includes classroom and lab work. The course teaches the common welding processes and skills needed for a variety of maintenance and repair activities aboard maritime vessels. Safety, basic metallurgy, welding theory, and associated classroom activities are presented each morning. The remainder of each morning, and the afternoons, are devoted to the hands-on practice of various welding techniques and for increasing individual proficiency. The course emphasizes all position maintenance welding using the SMAW (stick electrode) process on structural steel. Other processes covered and practiced are GTAW (TIG), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (flux cored wire-feed), OAW (gas welding), OAC (oxy-acetylene cutting), PAC (plasma-arc cutting), soldering, brazing, and exothermic welding. Various welding processes are also practiced with non-ferrous alloys, especially aluminum and copper. Proper repair techniques for dealing with cast iron parts, building up and hard surfacing of wearing parts, and distortion control during welding will also be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Basic metallurgy, welding codes & specifications, standards-of-practice, welding terminology, blueprint symbols, process selection criteria, stray current protection, job setup, stress control, care and maintenance of welding equipment, personnel safety standards, and work site precautions will be reviewed and practiced. Course proficiencies are based upon AWS standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel. Students desiring a structural welding certification will be offered an opportunity based on their assessed performance in the welding lab.


Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students should bring an adequate supply of work clothes appropriate for wear in a welding shop, including safety shoes, long-sleeved cotton shirt, and non-synthetic long pants. Other PPE will be supplied.

WELDING PROFICIENCY

Welding Proficiency is a two-week course designed to provide the marine engineer with the required welding skills needed for ocean going vessels. This course is designed to meet the Horizon\Maersk requirements for engineers. Safety, welding theory, and associated classroom activities are presented each morning.  The remainder of each morning, and the afternoons, are devoted to the hands-on practice of various welding techniques. The course emphasizes all-position maintenance welding using the SMAW (stick electrode) process on structural steel and OAC (oxy-acetylene cutting). Distortion control during welding and basic metallurgy will also be discussed. Common standards-of-practice, welding terminology, job setup, care and maintenance of welding equipment and personnel safety standards will be reviewed and practiced.  Course proficiencies are based upon AWS standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students should report with an adequate supply of work clothes appropriate for wear in a welding shop, including safety shoes, long-sleeved cotton shirt, and non-synthetic long pants. Other PPE will be supplied.

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