Course Schedules

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 Crossover (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 our Engine Room Resource Management (MEBAMD-187) course will satisfy:

  • The Engine Room Resource Management training requirements in 46 CFR 11.325(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1); 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
  • The Leadership and Teamworking Skills training required by 46 CFR 11.329(c): AND
  • The Engine Room Resource Management standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.329(a)(3); Section A-III/1 and Table A-III/1 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 17-14 (Ch-2) Task 1.4.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

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.

NOTE:  Completion of assessments will require weekend and/or evening participation.

 

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 Crossover (Endorsement) (MEBAMD-208) course and presents our certificate:

  • Will satisfy the training course requirements of 46 CFR 11.502(b)(4) for adding Gas Turbine propulsion mode to an existing national engineering officer endorsement. AND
  • Be considered to have demonstrated the STCW Standards of Competence for Gas Turbine the Operational and Management Level TASKS as documented in:
    • NVIC 17-14 OICEW TASK Nos.: 1.1.D, 4.3.B, 4.3.E, and 4.3.H
    • NVIC 15-14 CE/2nd EO TASK Nos.: 1.3.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.C, 1.3.D, 3.3.A, 5.1.C, and 7.1.C.

Applicants shall have the Gas Turbine Endorsement added to their existing national engineering endorsement upon successfully passing the USCG issued Increase-In-Scope examination for Gas Turbine Plants appropriate for their current endorsement.

This course may be used for only one application of an Increase-In-Scope for adding Gas Turbine Propulsion to an existing Engineering Officer endorsement.

Applicants who have successfully completed this course are not required to present completed assessments in application for STCW certification.

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.

PORT ENGINEER / MARINE MAINTENANCE

This three week course has an intended audience of those individuals at the technical-management level with responsibilities for marine maintenance and/or port engineering duties, including for Government contracts.  This course is designed to prepare those individuals currently working as port engineers, or those individuals looking to pursue a port engineer position.

This course of instruction offers the following instructional topics:

  • Engineering
  • Contracting, including for Government Contracts and Shipyard Organizations
  • Preparing for a Maintenance Period
  • Engineering Administration, including for Government Contracts for an Availability Period
  • Fundamentals of Project Management, including for Government Contracts
  • Weld Process/Procedures, and Inspection
  • Dry Docking
  • Propulsion System Alignment
  • Corrosion, Surface Prep, Coatings, and Inspection
  • Contract Closeout, including for Government Contracts
  • Shipyard Safety

 

* CMES has partnered with BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. to offer the Port Engineers / Marine Maintenance course.

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 Crossover (Endorsement) (MEBAMD-477) course will satisfy:

  • The course requirement of 46 CFR 11.502(b)(4) for adding the Steam endorsement to the level of their current unlimited Motor or Gas Turbine endorsement. OR
  • Receive 60 days sea service towards upgrading an unlimited third assistant (Steam) engineer license to an unlimited second assistant (Steam) engineer license. This course cannot be used for recency.
  • The Steam Plants training requirements of 46 CFR 11.329(a)(4)(viii).
  • The Steam Powered Vessel standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.329(a)(3); Section A-III/1 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 17-14 Ch-2 Tasks 1.1.C, 4.1.B, 4.1.C, 4.2.B, 4.3.A, 4.3.D, 4.3.G, 4.3.J, 4.3.K, 4.3.L, 4.3.P, 4.3.Q, and 6.1.C;
  • The Steam Powered Vessel standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.325(a)(2); Section !-III/2 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 15-14 Ch-1 Tasks 1.2.A, 1.2.B, 1.2.C, 1.2.D, 3.2.A, and 7.1.B.

This course may be used for only one application towards sea time credit OR Steam endorsement cross-over and may not be used for subsequent raises-in-grade or cross-over applications. The applicant will need to take the Increase in Scope exam for this course at a USCG REC.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

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.

CURRICULUM

Emergency Response Courses

 

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

 

ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING

This one-week course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in handling and managing shipboard incidents involving fire. It is intended for those personnel who will respond to, operate, and manage the incident aboard ship. The Advanced Fire Fighting course will cover pre-fire planning, fixed fire detection and extinguishing systems, fire party training, and incident leadership and command practices. Practical exercises are designed to develop these command skills.

Note: Members holding a "Not Fit for Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Coveralls, available at the school store, are needed for this course. High-top work boots are not mandatory but are recommended.

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Fire Fighting (MEBAMD-15) course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, 46 CFR 11.201(h), and 11.303(a), and the firefighting requirements for a national tankerman endorsement in 46 CFR 13.201(c)(3); 13.301(c)(3); 13.401(d); and 13.501(c)(3).

ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING REFRESHER

This course will be taken in conjunction with the Basic Safety Training Refresher course. During scheduled classes, BST Refresher will run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday while Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher will be on Thursday and Friday.

 
This two-day course provides refresher training for officers assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to fire fighting leadership and command. Additionally it will reacquaint the student with the National Integrated Incident Management System (NIIMS), fire suppression planning, incident strategies and associated tasks. The Manila Amendments to the STCW Code make it mandatory for certain parts of Advanced Fire Fighting to be refreshed ashore even for mariners that have sufficient sea time to renew their credential.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval:

Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher (MEBAMD-697) course will satisfy:

  • The Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(h), and 11.303(e); AND
  • The standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 09-14.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed "Task Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

BASIC SAFETY TRAINING - STCW

Basic Safety Training as mandated by the IMO's STCW 95 is required of all mariners. As of February 1, 2002, CMES may no longer conduct the abridged assessment course for the STCW 95 Basic Safety Training. In compliance with STCW Table A-VI/1 to 1-4 students must now attend the full 40-hour Basic Safety Training course consisting of USCG practical demonstrations in the following four categories:

1) Personal Survival
2) Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
3) Elementary First Aid (includes CPR)
4) Personal Safety and Social Responsiblities

Successful completion of these modules will result in the issuance of certificates that entitle you to receive an STCW 95 endorsement from the USCG.

Calhoon MEBA Engineering School has developed a study guide to prepare you for the practical demonstrations and multiple-choice exams that prove your competence in the required areas. The study guide will be available to incoming students their first day of class. Written exams will be administered, lectures will be given, and you will be assessed by practical demonstrations of your knowledge and abilities.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements:

To participate in any of the STCW modules you must be physically "Fit for Duty." If you know that you are claustrophobic or have a physical problem that would prevent you from wearing or using a self-contained breathing apparatus, you should consult with the instructor prior to enrolling in the class.

A swimsuit will be needed for the water-related activities of this program. It is very important to note that critical elements of the assessment for the Personal Survival requirement are the ability to float for 2 minutes without a lifejacket and the ability to jump from a height into the water. Non-swimmers or poor swimmers should prepare for this class before arriving at the school. Failure to perform these elements will prevent you from earning certification and subsequently receiving your STCW endorsement from the USCG.

USCG Approval:

Any applicant who has successfully completed the Basic Fire Fighting (MEBAMD-53) course will satisfy:

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting per STCW Code, as amended 2010 Section A-VI/1;
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting per 46 CFR 11.302(a)(2) and 46 CFR 12.602(a)(2);
  • Basic Fire Fighting per 46 CFR 11.201(h)(2) [Basic only] and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(3);
  • The Fire Fighting requirements for a national tankerman endorsement in 46 CFR 13.201(c)(3), 13.301(c)(3), 13.401(d), and 13.501(c)(3); AND,
  • The practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines for STCW Code, as amended 2010 Table A-VI/1-2, as documented in the Basic Fire Fighting section of NVIC 08-14.

Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed "Task Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

 

Any applicant who successfully completes the First Aid & CPR (MEBAMD-197) course will satisfy the following requirements:

  • Elementary First Aid per STCW Code Table A-VI/1-3;
  • Elementary First Aid per 46 CFR 11.302(a)(3) and 46 CFR 12.602(a)(3); and the first aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1); AND
  • Have performed the equivalent of all practical demonstrations as guided within the Elementary First Aid section of the Basic Training NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

 

Any applicant who successfully completes the Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (MEBAMD-359) course will satisfy the Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities competency and training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, and 46 CFR 11.302(a)(4) and 12.602(a)(4); AND have performed all assessment tasks as guided by the applicable section within the Basic Training NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

 

Any applicant who successfully completes the Personal Survival Techniques (MEBAMD-363) course will satisfy the Personal Survival Techniques training and competency requirements of STCW Code, as amended 2010, Section A-VI/1 and 46 CFR 11.302(a)(1) and 46 CFR 602(a)(1) AND have performed all practical demonstrations as guided by the applicable section within the Basic Training NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

BST REFRESHER - STCW

  • The BST Refresher course is required for mariners renewing their license that do NOT have 1 year of sea time in the last 5 years.
  • This one-week course combines the Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher, Basic Safety Training Refresher, and Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher courses. Students registering for this class must take all three parts.
  • Students attending the BST Refresher class should plan on a full day of training on the last day of class.  Due to the volume of material covered in this class, students will not be finished on Friday until approximately 5:00 PM.
    • Students who are driving should not expect to leave campus until Friday evening.
    • Students who are flying should book their flights for Saturday.

 

Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher

This 16 hour course is designed for those mariners who have a valid STCW Advanced Fire Fighting endorsement but do not have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Advanced Fire Fighting.  The curriculum of this course provides refresher training for officers assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to firefighting leadership and command. Additionally it will reacquaint the student with the National Integrated Incident Management System (NIIMS), fire suppression planning, incident strategies and associated tasks.
 

Basic Safety Training Refresher

This 24 hour course is designed for those mariners who have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training endorsement but do not have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Basic Safety Training.  The curriculum of this course provides refresher training for officers and will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.
 

Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher

This 16 hour course is designed for those mariners who have a valid STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) endorsement but do not have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Proficiency in Survival Craft.  The curriculum of this course provides refresher training for officers and will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Taking Charge of a Survival Craft, Operating a Survival Craft Engine, Applying First Aid to Survivors and Using Locating Devices.
 

Note: Members holding a "Not Fit For Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Long pants, socks, work boots, and swimming attire are required for this course.

USCG Approval: 

Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher:
Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher (MEBAMD-697) course will satisfy:

  • The Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(h), and 11.303(e); AND
  • The standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 09-14.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed "Task Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

Basic Training Refresher:
Any applicant who has successfully completed our Basic Training Refresher (MEBAMD-68) course will satisfy the continued competency requirements for STCW Basic Training in STCW, as amended 2010, Basic Training in Section A-VI/1, 46 CFR 11.302(e) and 46 CFR 12.602(e), AND all of the tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher:
Any applicant who has successfully completed your Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher (MEBAMD-749) course will satisfy the competency requirements of Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code, as amended, for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC), for those seafarers not having evidence of 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years provided that the applicant had previously been issued a Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats endorsement, and will satisfy the professional examination and practical demonstration requirements of 46 CFR 12.407(b)(3) for endorsements for Lifeboatman and PSC.

BST REVALIDATION - STCW

  • THE BST Revalidation course is required for mariners renewing their license that DO have 1 year of sea time in the last 5 years.
  • This one-week course combines the Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation and the Basic Training / Proficiency in Survival Craft Revalidation courses. Students registering for this class must take both parts.

 

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation

This 16 hour course is designed for those mariners who have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Advanced Fire Fighting.  The curriculum will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Control of Fire Fighting Operations, Organizing and Training Fire Parties, Inspect and Service Fire Detection and Extinguishing Systems, and Investigate and Compile Reports on Incidents Involving Fire.
 

Basic Training / Proficiency in Survival Craft Revalidation

This 24 hour course is designed for those mariners who have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Basic Safety Training and Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman).  The curriculum will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, and Proficiency in Survival Craft.
 

Note: Members holding a "Not Fit For Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Long pants, socks, work boots, and swimming attire are required for this course.

USCG Approval:

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation:
Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (MEBAMD-777) course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training revalidation requirements of STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(1), and 11.303(d), provided that the mariner has at least 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years; AND the equivalent of the Tasks 1.3.A, 1.5.A, 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 3.1.A, 3.1.B, 4.1.A, 4.1.B, and 4.1.C from NVIC 09-14, Advanced Fire Fighting.

Basic Training Revalidation:
Any applicant who has successfully completed the Basic Training Revalidation (MEBAMD-718) course will satisfy:

  • The Basic Training standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.302(d) and 12.602(d), provided that the mariner has at least 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years; AND
  • The Basic Training standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-VI/1 and Tables A-VI/1-1 and 1-2, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 08-14 Tasks 1.14.B, 1.14.D, 1.14.E, 1.14.F, 1.14.G, 3.7.A, 3.8.A, 3.8.B, 3.8.C, and 3.8.D.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed “Task Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT & HUMAN BEHAVIOR

This fourteen-hour course will cover emergency response and resource management knowledge and skills that are necessary to operate efficiently and safely during an emergency in the marine environment. It will also provide the student with sufficient instruction in human behavior and risk assessment procedures to enable them to determine correct initial actions, training requirements, and interagency interfacing that may be required to initiate and operate in a unified situation.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Crisis Management & Human Behavior (MEBAMD-138) course will satisfy the Crisis Management & Human Behavior training requirements of 46 CFR 11.1105(a)(1)(iii) and 11.1105(a)(1)(iv); AND, Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Section A-V/2; AND, the competencies of Table A-V/2 of the STCW Code, As Amended 2010.

CROWD MANAGEMENT

This five-hour course will prepare the mariner with passenger control responsiblities to be better prepared to carry out their duties in a safe and efficient manner. The course topics include methods of communication, passenger response to stress, and dealing with unruly people.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Crowd Management (MEBAMD-142) course will satisfy the Crowd Management training requirements of Paragraph 1, 3, & 4 of Section A-V/2; the Safety Training requirements of Paragraph 2 of Section A-V/2 of the STCW Code, As Amended 2010, and 46 CFR 11.1005.

DAMAGE CONTROL / CBRD

This one-week course is designed for those persons who intend to apply for officer positions on government owned contract-operated Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels. Training modules include Chemical Biological Radiological Defense, and Damage Control. The course also includes Military Sealift Command's Environmental Protection Officer Program, which includes laws, pollution, ozone depletion, and hazardous materials handling with protective clothing and emergency response procedures.

Note: Members holding a “Not Fit For Duty” slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

SMALL ARMS COURSE

This one-week course will cover the safe care and operation of multiple firearms used aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels manned by civilian mariners. Also, specific rules of engagement pertaining to each force protection team unit will be covered. The objective of this course is to educate the civilian mariner in the safe and proper handling of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol, 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle, and 12-gauge pump operated shotgun. The participant will qualify in courses of fire as set down by the Military Sealift Command and the United States Navy, using live fire exercises at an approved firing range. All training and instruction will be in accordance with OPNAVINST.3591.1 Series.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: To be qualified to participate in this course, the member must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.

MSC Approval: This course is hereby recognized as meeting the standards and content of OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series Small Arms Training and Qualification and the Military Sealift Command's Individual Small Arms Training and Qualification Course.

VESSEL SECURITY OFFICER

This course is designed to prepare the mariner to function efficiently as a Vessel Security Officer. Topics emphasized in this course include security regulations, risk assessment and mitigation techniques, anti-piracy and armed robbery techniques including the use of deadly force, and interfacing with port or company security officers and implementation of the Vessel's Security Plan.

 

Course Capacity: 16 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who satisfactorily completes our Vessel Security Officer (MEBAMD-573) course will satisfy the training requirements of 33 CFR 104.215(d)(1)(iv) and STCW Code Section A-VI/5 for an STCW endorsement as Vessel Security Officer.

CURRICULUM

Computer Courses

 

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

 

INDUSTRIAL NETWORKING

This 1-week course covers data communications principles, terminology, LAN standards and protocols, and network topologies. The OSI model will be used as a framework for discussion. Modern network hardware will be examined, including communication cable types, connectors, network interface, repeaters, and switches. Lower level standards as well as upper layer network protocols will be presented, with emphasis on Ethernet and TCP/IP. Industrial network standards and fieldbus protocols will be examined and compared, including requirements such as deterministic performance, redundancy, noise mitigation techniques, and fault recovery. Lab projects will include cable termination and testing, network hardware and software configuration, connectivity tests, capturing and analyzing network data frames, and troubleshooting.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

 

CURRICULUM

Electrical Courses

 

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

 

HIGH VOLTAGE SAFETY

High Voltage Safety is a one-week course with formal lectures and group exercises. The course covers the knowledge and skills needed to safely work with energized high-voltage high-energy electric power systems. Principles and procedures for the safe operation & maintenance of marine low voltage (<1 kV), and marine high voltage (1-15 kV) equipment are covered. Insulated hand tools, "hot-sticks", proper grounding procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE), and thorough job-planning procedures are stressed throughout the course. Properties of electric charge, energy, electric potential, dielectric stress, electrostatic and inductive coupling, and material behavior in electric and magnetic fields are covered. The effects of electricity on humans, various personnel protection concepts, and basic first aid practices are all addressed. Differential protection schemes, insulation materials, Faraday shielding, equi-potential grounding, live-line tools, and isolation techniques are covered from both technical and practical perspectives. Various OSHA, IEEE, European, NFPA-70E, Electric Utility, and shipping company safety procedures are reviewed. Group exercises include the development of safe-work protocols, use of lockout/tagout (LOTO), maintenance task rehearsal, and equipment preparation. Actual measurements and maintenance tasks are then conducted on a live 12.47 kV three-phase power system by the same groups. Calculations of fault current, arc-flash hazards, and proper PPE selection are explained. Other technical topics covered include insulation testing (IR/PI/DAR/DD), four-wire Kelvin low-resistance testing, corona detection by ultrasonic and RF emissions, and signature analysis using an infrared imager.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of electricity and experience working around marine and/or industrial power systems

Special Requirements: Cotton long sleeve shirt, long pants, and safety shoes are needed for field exercises. This course is typically taken in conjunction with the Marine Electric Propulsion course.

USCG Approval:

Any applicant who successfully completes our High Voltage Safety (MEBAMD-219) course will satisfy:

  • The High-Voltage Power Systems training requirements of 46 CFR 11.335(a)(4)(vi) for STCW endorsement as an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO); AND
  • The High-Voltage Power Systems training requirements of 46 CFR 12.611(a)(4)(ii) for STCW endorsement as an Electro-Technical Rating (ETR); AND
  • The standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.335(a)(2); Section A-III/6 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, Meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 23-14, Tasks 1.8.A, 4.1.A, 4.1.B, and 4.1.C.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS

This four-week course consists of lectures, demonstrations, and student labs.  The course covers electronic devices, analog and digital circuits, with emphasis on the application of shipboard instrumentation, power systems, and control circuits.  The course begins with a very brief review of the foundation principles of electricity, magnetism, passive components, and circuit analysis.  The course continues with the proper use of test equipment (oscilliscope, function generator, power supplies, DMM) and circuit breadboarding techniques.  Basic soldering skills needed for the repair of electronic printed circuit boards are introduced and practiced.  Semiconductor devices are then covered, along with circuits containing these components.  Selected circuits, devices, and principles covered in lecture are reinforced with lab exercises.  Understanding circuit operation, proper test procedures, and logical troubleshooting techniques are stressed throughout the course.  Solid-state devices are covered in detail with an emphasis given to power rectifiers, BJTs, MOSFETs, IGBTs, SCRs, and TRIACs.  Operational-amplifiers and several special integrated circuits are discussed during the course.  The principles of binary logic and the application of those principles using discrete and integrated electronic circuits are explored.  Logic circuits utilizing diodes, transistors, as well as TTL/CMOS integrated circuit families are discussed in detail as are concepts of "sourcing" and "sinking".  Basic combinational and sequential logic circuits are discussed.  Number systems, binary operations, digital transmission basics, ASCII, Gray Code and memory are also covered.  Course modules include Intrinsically Safe Instrumentation Circuits, Corrosion Fundamentals, Active and Passive Cathodic Protection Circuits, Variable Speed Drives, Digital Data Communications, Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: Industrial Electronics is an advanced course and students are expected to have a fundamental understanding of Electrical Principles prior to enrolling.

Special Requirements: None

INSTRUMENTATION

This two week course presents both theory and practical aspects of industrial process measurement and control systems.  Formal presentations include pneumatic, analog electronic, and digital instruments, including HART. The various techniques and sensors used to measure pressure, level, temperature, and flow will be discussed. Laboratory exercises will cover calibration and testing of measurement devices, transmitters, and valve positioners. Laboratory exercises will also include configuration of digital Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers, and the implementation of formal tuning methods. In addition, computer based software will also be utilized for various labs on control loop tuning.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

MARINE ELECTRIC PROPULSION

Marine Electric Propulsion is a one-week survey course with formal lectures and demonstrations. This survey course provides an introduction to the principles and technologies used in the design and operation of marine electri propulsion drives based on the synchro-converter topology. The course begins with a thorough review of the production and control of three-phase electric power. Power flow is then followed through cables, switchboards, phase-shifting transformers, SCR-based controlled-rectifiers, to the DC-link. Standard six-pulse inverters supplied from the DC-link are then studied, as are synchronous propulsion motors and their excitation systems. For each portion of the system studied, appropriate elements of electric power systems, power electronics, instrumentation, and operational maintenance requirements are discussed. Practical demonstrations are offered to reinforce important fundamental concepts. Additional topics include buck and boost converters, phasor notation, system protection and coordination, transformer vector groups, harmonics, harmonic filters, CTs and VTs, SCR testing, heat-sinks, thermal management, soft-starters, phase control, P-Q-S analysis, and general power system topics.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: Experience with shipboard power plant operation and knowledge of basic electricity and electronics

Special Requirements: This course is typically taken in conjunction with the High Voltage Safety course.

MARINE ELECTRIC PROPULSION / HIGH VOLTAGE SAFETY

These two one-week courses are typically taken in conjunction with each other.


Marine Electric Propulsion is a one-week survey course with formal lectures and demonstrations. This survey course provides an introduction to the principles and technologies used in the design and operation of marine electri propulsion drives based on the synchro-converter topology. The course begins with a thorough review of the production and control of three-phase electric power. Power flow is then followed through cables, switchboards, phase-shifting transformers, SCR-based controlled-rectifiers, to the DC-link. Standard six-pulse inverters supplied from the DC-link are then studied, as are synchronous propulsion motors and their excitation systems. For each portion of the system studied, appropriate elements of electric power systems, power electronics, instrumentation, and operational maintenance requirements are discussed. Practical demonstrations are offered to reinforce important fundamental concepts. Additional topics include buck and boost converters, phasor notation, system protection and coordination, transformer vector groups, harmonics, harmonic filters, CTs and VTs, SCR testing, heat-sinks, thermal management, soft-starters, phase control, P-Q-S analysis, and general power system topics.

High Voltage Safety is a one-week course with formal lectures and group exercises. The course covers the knowledge and skills needed to safely work with energized high-voltage high-energy electric power systems. Principles and procedures for the safe operation & maintenance of marine low voltage (<1 kV), and marine high voltage (1-15 kV) equipment are covered. Insulated hand tools, "hot-sticks", proper grounding procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE), and thorough job-planning procedures are stressed throughout the course. Properties of electric charge, energy, electric potential, dielectric stress, electrostatic and inductive coupling, and material behavior in electric and magnetic fields are covered. The effects of electricity on humans, various personnel protection concepts, and basic first aid practices are all addressed. Differential protection schemes, insulation materials, Faraday shielding, equi-potential grounding, live-line tools, and isolation techniques are covered from both technical and practical perspectives. Various OSHA, IEEE, European, NFPA-70E, Electric Utility, and shipping company safety procedures are reviewed. Group exercises include the development of safe-work protocols, use of lockout/tagout (LOTO), maintenance task rehearsal, and equipment preparation. Actual measurements and maintenance tasks are then conducted on a live 12.47 kV three-phase power system by the same groups. Calculations of fault current, arc-flash hazards, and proper PPE selection are explained. Other technical topics covered include insulation testing (IR/PI/DAR/DD), four-wire Kelvin low-resistance testing, corona detection by ultrasonic and RF emissions, and signature analysis using an infrared imager.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: Experience with shipboard power plant operation and knowledge of basic electricity and electronics

Special Requirements: Cotton long sleeve shirt, long pants, and safety shoes are needed for field exercises in the High Voltage Safety portion of the course.

 

USCG Approval:

High Voltage Safety:

Any applicant who successfully completes our High Voltage Safety (MEBAMD-219) course will satisfy:

  • The High-Voltage Power Systems training requirements of 46 CFR 11.335(a)(4)(vi) for STCW endorsement as an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO); AND
  • The High-Voltage Power Systems training requirements of 46 CFR 12.611(a)(4)(ii) for STCW endorsement as an Electro-Technical Rating (ETR); AND
  • The standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.335(a)(2); Section A-III/6 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, Meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 23-14, Tasks 1.8.A, 4.1.A, 4.1.B, and 4.1.C.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

MARINE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

The four week Marine Electrical Systems (MES) course is designed for engineers who have a sound understanding of electrical fundamentals and theory, but lack the practical skills and experience needed to maintain and troubleshoot shipboard electrical systems. A variety of teaching techniques will be utilized to support the wide range of topics and enhance the delivery of this uniquely modular course. Modules include: Multi-Location Switching, Soldering, Test Equipment, Galvanic Corrosion, Personal Protective Equipment, Power Generation and Distribution, Circuit Protection, Ground Fault Detection, AC Motors and Controllers, Variable Frequency Drives, Thermocouples, Navigation Lights, Sound Powered Telephones, Stepper Motors, and Industrial Lighting. This is a fast paced and challenging course. Candidates are expected to be self-motivated and resourceful.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: The lectures, labs, and testing in the Marine Electrical Systems course are designed for students who have successfully completed a formal Marine Engineering program including courses in physics, chemistry, electricity, and mathematics. MES is not a basic electricity course. Prospective students should be capable of passing the online electrical self-assessment test with a minimum score of 80%. Upon registering for the course, students will receive preparatory material via email.

Electrical Self-Assessment Test

 

MEECE

This one week lecture-based course includes classroom demonstrations and student exercises, and focuses on management level operation, testing, troubleshooting, and restoration of electrical and electronic control equipment. Specific topics include: electrical safety and HV features; power electronics; generator protection, power management, and distribution systems; troubleshooting procedures for electrical motor controllers; AC Drives; features of automatic control for propulsion systems, including PID and control strategies; calibration and testing procedures for sensors, transmitters, and actuators; alarm, safety, and protection circuits; electro-pneumatic and hydraulic systems; PLC software version and security management. This course satisfies the "Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment" requirement [46 CFR 11.325 (a)(3)(iii)], [46 CFR (b)(3)], in compliance with USCG and STCW 2010 amended regulations for renewal.

 

IMPORTANT:

  • Course materials will be distributed in electronic format only.  We strongly recommend and encourage students to bring a notebook computer to class.
  • This course will run until 4:00 on Friday afternoon.  Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

 

Course Capacity: 24 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEBAMD-176) course will satisfy the Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment training requirements of 46 CFR 11.325(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); 46 CFR 11.327(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); 46 CFR 11.331(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3); and 46 CFR 11.333(a)(3)(iii) and (b)(3).

PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS

Programmable Logic Controllers is a one-week course with lectures and student labs. The course covers the theory and practical use of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) Topics include historical development, electromechanical and digital-logic technologies, number systems, Boolean algebra, ladder logic programming concepts, analog and discrete I/O specifications, internal logic functions, specialized hardware, digital and analog control applications, and industrial networking basics. The Allen-Bradley SLC-500 is the primary PLC utilized in the course. Lab exercises range from basic programming to the design of interlocks, alarm circuits, and applications requiring event timing, output sequencing, program flow control, and analog I/O manipulation. Practical troubleshooting exercises include the use of I/O forcing, data table monitoring, field-device testing, and appropriate use of internal PLC diagnostics. The importance of documentation, regulations, and maintenance procedures are also discussed.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

SHORE POWER METERING MANAGEMENT & POWER QUALITY

This one-week course has an intended audience of those individuals at the technical-management level with responsibilities for one or more aspects of purchasing or receiving electric power from a shore-side facility – these include: contracting, installation, repair, operation, maintenance, technical supervision, training, or financial oversight.

The course is strongly technical in nature and covers: 3-phase power systems at the LV and MV levels; US Navy and commercial standard connector arrangements; protective relaying concepts; instrument transformers; grounding; traditional & modern revenue-grade metering; and modern industry billing and revenue practices.  Low and high-side injection, phasors, DLRO, insulation resistance, IR surveys, and other specialized equipment and tools are demonstrated.  The SPM course also includes marine-related topics of accelerated corrosion from hull currents caused by power system interactions; and the basics of Power Quality (PQ) to include the measurement and effects of harmonics and other abnormalities in power system voltages and load currents.

A field exercise utilizing the School’s 1 MVA transformer is part of syllabus.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: Basic electrical and math skills. A pre-course study guide, evaluation exercise, and answer key are available, and it is HIGHLY recommended that anyone considering attending this course review the study guide and take the evaluation exercise prior to applying for this class.

SPM Study Guide  Answer Key

Special Requirements: None