2019 Course Schedule

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).