2023 Course Schedule

This five-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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Gas Turbine course has been expanded from four weeks to five weeks in length due to the extra time it takes to complete all of the USCG required assessments.  The course content has not changed.


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 will satisfy:


  • The course requirement of 46 CFR 11.502(b)(4) for adding the Gas Turbine endorsement to the level of the current Motor or Steam endorsement; OR
  • Receive 41 days sea service credit towards upgrading a third assistant (Gas Turbine) engineer license to a second assistant (Gas Turbine) engineer license. This course may not be used to satisfy recency requirements; AND


  • The Gas Turbine Plants training requirements of 46 CFR 11.329(a)(4)(vii); AND
  • The Gas Turbine Plants standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.329(a)(3); STCW Code Section A-III/1 and Table A-III/1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 17-14(Ch-5) Tasks 1.1.D, 4.3.B, 4.3.E, and 4.3.H; AND
  • The Gas Turbine Plants standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.325(a)(2); STCW Code Section A-III/2 and Table A-III/2, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 15-14(Ch-4) Tasks 1.3.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.C, 1.3.D, 3.3.A, and 7.1.C.

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

This course may be used for only one application towards sea service credit OR Gas Turbine endorsement cross-over and may not be used for subsequent raises-in-grade or cross-over applications. For Gas Turbine endorsement cross-over, the applicant must also take the Increase in Scope exam at a USCG REC; the examination requirements are not met by this course.