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Qualified Member of the Engineering Department, QMED

 Listed below is a table of contents of the questions on this subject as they appear in the new online study. Click on the "Enter Online Study" link above to begin preparing for your exam.

From the pull down menu in the online study select from the following topics:

  • UNDER AREA CATEGORY
    • QMED OILER, ELECTRICIAN
    • QMED OILER, GENERAL
    • QMED OILER, MACHINIST
    • QMED OILER, MOTOR
    • QMED OILER, STEAM

  If you are studying for a United States Coast Guard Engineering License exam which includes these modules, you should  work through these questions until you are scoring 80% or better on them.

List of subjects required: (Click Here to See)

  QMED is an abbreviation for Qualified Member of the Engineering Department.  There are a number of different "QMED ratings."  The most common for both steam and motor (i.e., diesel propelled) ships is the "Oiler" rating.  Many older steam vessels also require the "Fire­man/Watertender" rating.  Tank­ships require "Pumpman," and vessels with electrical cargo gear carry one or more crewmembers with an "Electricians" rating.  Additional ratings include "Refrigeration Engineer," "Deck Engineer," "Machinist," and the "Junior Engineer."  If you obtain all of these ratings you may obtain a rating of "QMED - All Ratings."

   A special QMED rating was created for diesel pow­ered off­shore supply vessels working in the offshore oil in­dustry and is called Oiler (OSV).  It is only valid on off­shore supply vessels and not on vessels such as diesel ferries.  Two additional ratings were created for modern power plants with varying degrees of automa­tion.  These ratings are the "Engineman" and the "Deck Engine Mechanic."  These two ratings do not require additional testing after you obtain the required ratings, experience, and training specified in Coast Guard regulations.

  The test required for any rating is composed of two modules (i.e., parts).  The first module is called "QMED - General."  You must pass this module before you can take the module for the specific rating (or ratings) you desire.

   The "QMED - General" module is composed of those areas common to all of the ratings.  Its primary emphasis is upon safety.  It contains questions on:

·   First Aid

·   Firefighting

·   Breathing Apparatus

·   Tank and Confined Space Safety

·   Combustible and Flammable Liquids and their Handling

·   Pollution

·   Emergency Signals

·   Life­saving

·   Damage Control

·   General Safety

·   Vessel Terminology and Nomenclature

·   Tools and their Use

·   Piping Systems and Components

·   Lubrication

   Once you pass the "QMED - General" exam module your passing grade will remain valid for only one year.  This means that within a year you can take the test for any rating without having to retake the "QMED - General" module.  If you pass "QMED - General" and don't pass the test for a specific rating within a year, then you must re-take and pass the "QMED - General" module.

Certification required.

   (a) Every person employed in a rating as qualified member of the engine department on any United States vessel requiring certificated qualified members of the engine department shall produce a certificate as qualified mem­ber of the engine department to the shipping commissioner, United States Collector or Deputy Collector of Customs, or master before signing articles of agreement.

   (b) No certificate as qualified member of the engine department is required of any person employed on any unrigged vessel, except seagoing barges.

 

General requirements.

   (a) A qualified member of the engine department is any person below the rating of licensed officer and above the rating of coal passer or wiper, who holds a certificate of service as such qualified member of the engine department issued by the Coast Guard or predecessor authority.

   (b) For purposes of administering this part the rating of assistant electrician is considered a rating not above that of coal passer or wiper, but equal thereto.

   (c) An applicant, to be eligible for certification as qualified member of the engine department, shall be able to speak and understand the English language as would be required in the rating of qualified member of the engine department and in an emergency aboard ship.

   (d) After July 31, 1998, an STCW endorsement valid for any period on or after February 1, 2002, will be issued or renewed only when the candidate for certification as a qualified member of the engine department also produces satisfactory evidence, on the basis of assessment of a practical demonstration of skills and abilities, of having achieved or maintained within the previous 5 years the minimum standards of competence for the following 4 areas of basis safety:

   (1) Personal survival techniques as set out in Table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code. (incorporated by reference in §12.01-3)

   (2) Fire prevention and fire-fighting as set out in Table A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code.

   (3) Elementary first aid as set out in Table A-VI/1-3 of the STCW Code.

   (4) Personal safety and social responsibilities as set out in Table A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code.

   (e) After July 31, 1998 an STCW endorsement that is valid for any period on or after February 1, 2002, will be issued or renewed only when the candidate for certification as a qualified member of the engine department meets the standards of competence set out in STCW Regulation III/4 and Section A-III/4 of the STCW Code, if the candidate will be serving as a rating forming part of a watch in a manned engine-room, or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine-room, on a seagoing ship driven by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW [1,000 hp] propulsion power or more.

[CGFR 65-50, 30 FR 16640, Dec. 30, 1965, as amended by CGD, 95-062, 62 FR 34538, June 26, 1997; USCG-2000-7790, 65 FR 58458,Sept. 29, 2000; USCG-1999-5610, 67 FR 66069, Oct. 20, 2002]

 

Physical requirements.

   (a) An applicant for a certificate of service as a qualified member of the engine department shall present a certifi­cate of a medical officer of the United States Public Health Service, or other reputable physician attesting that his eyesight, hearing, and physical condition are such that he can perform the duties required of a qualified member of the engine department.

   (b) The medical examination for qualified member of the engine department is the same as for an original license as engineer, as set forth in 10.205 of this subchapter. If the applicant is in possession of an unexpired license, the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, may waive the requirement for a physical examination.

   (c) An applicant holding a certificate of service for a particular rating as qualified member of the engine de­partment and desiring certification for another rating covered by this same form of certificate may qualify therefore without a physical examination unless the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, finds that the applicant obviously suffers from some physical or mental infirmity to a degree that would render him incompetent to perform the ordinary duties of a qualified member of the engine department. In this event the applicant shall be required to undergo an examination to determine his competency.

Service or training requirements.

   (a) An applicant for a certificate of service as qualified member of the engine department shall furnish the Coast Guard proof of qualification based on six months' service in a rating at least equal to that of wiper or coal passer.

   (b) Training programs approved by the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center, may be substituted for the required service at sea in accordance with the following:

   (1) A graduate of a school ship may be rated as qualified member of the engine department upon satisfactory completion of the course of instruction. For this purpose, school ship is interpreted to mean an institution that offers a complete course of instruction, including a period of sea training, in the skills appropriate to the rating of qualified member of the engine department.

   (2) Training programs other than those classified as a school ship may be substituted for up to one-half of the required service at sea.

   (c) To qualify to receive an STCW endorsement for service as a "rating forming part of a watch in a manned engineroom or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engineroom" on a seagoing vessel driven by main propulsion machinery 750 kW [1,000 hp] propul­sion power or more, an applicant shall prove seagoing service that includes training and experience associated with engine room watchkeeping and involves the performance of duties carried out under the direct supervision of a qualified engineer officer or a member of a qualified rating. The training must establish that the applicant has achieved the standard of competence prescribed in Table A-III/4 of the STCW Code, (incorporated by reference in § 12.03-1) in accordance with the methods of demonstrating competence and the criteria for evaluating competence specified in that table.

Examination requirements.

   (a) Each applicant for certification as a qualified member of the engine department in the rating of oiler, watertender, fireman, deck engineer, refrigeration engineer, junior engineer, electrician, or machinist shall be examined orally or by other means and only in the English language on the subjects listed in paragraph (b) of this section.  The applicant's general knowledge of the subjects must be sufficient to satisfy the examiner that he is qualified to perform the duties of the rating for which he makes application.

  (b) List of subjects required: (Click Here to See)

  (c) Each applicant for certification as a qualified member of the engine department in the rating of pumpman shall, by oral or other examination, demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the subjects peculiar to that rating to satisfy the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, that he or she is qualified to perform the duties of that rating.

  (d) Applicants for certification as qualified members of the engine department in the rating of deck engine mechan­ic or engineman, who have proved eligibility for such endorsement under either 12.15-13 or 12.15-15, will not be required to take a written or oral examination for such ratings. [CGFR 65-50, 30 FR 16640, Dec. 30, 1965, as amended by CGFR 66-46, 31 FR 13649, Oct. 22, 1966; CGD 71-161R, 37 FR 28263, Dec. 21, 1972; CGD 74-75, 42 FR 24741, May 16, 1977; FR 61 47060, September 6, 1996]  

General provisions respecting merchant mariner's documents endorsed as qualified member of the engine department.

  The holder of a merchant mariner's document endorsed with one or more qualified member of the engine de­part­ment ratings may serve in any unqualified rating in the engine department without obtaining an additional endorsement. This does not mean that an endorsement of one qualified member of the engine department rating authorizes the holder to serve in all qualified member of the engine department ratings. Each qualified member of the engine department rating for which a holder of a mer­chant mar­iner's document is qualified must be endorsed separately. When, however, the applicant qualifies for all ratings covered by a certificate as a qualified member of the engine department, the cer­tifica­tion may read QMED-any rating. The rat­ings are as follows:  

(a) Refrigerating engineer.  

(b) Oiler.  

(c) Deck engineer.  

(d) Fireman/Watertender.  

(e) Junior engineer.  

(f) Electrician.  

(g) Machinist.  

(h) Pumpman.  

(i) Deck engine mechanic.  

(j) Engineman.

Deck engine mechanic.

  (a) An applicant for a certificate as deck engine mechanic shall be a person holding a merchant mariner's document endorsed as junior engineer. The applicant shall be eligible for such certification upon furnishing one of the following:

  (1) Satisfactory documentary evidence of sea service of 6 months in the rating of junior engineer on steam vessels of 4,000 horsepower or over; or,

  (2) Documentary evidence from an operator of an automated vessel that he has completed satisfactorily at least 4 weeks indoctrination and training in the engine department of an automated steam vessel of 4,000 horse-power or over; or,

  (3) Satisfactory completion of a course of training for deck engine mechanic acceptable to the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center.

      (b) The Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, who is satisfied that an applicant for the rating of deck engine mechanic meets the requirements specified in this section, will endorse this rating on the current merchant mariner's document held by the applicant.

      (c) Any holder of a merchant mariner's document endorsed for "any unlicensed rating in the engine department" or "QMED-any rating" is qualified as a deck engine mechanic and that endorsement will not be entered on his document.

Engineman.

    (a) An applicant for a certificate as engineman shall be a person holding a merchant mariner's document endorsed as fireman/water tender and oiler, or junior engineer. The applicant shall be eligible for such certification upon furnishing one of the following:

      (1) Satisfactory documentary evidence of sea service of 6 months in any one or combination of junior engineer, fire-man/water tender or oiler on steam vessels of 4,000 horsepower or over; or,

      (2) Documentary evidence from an operator of a partially automated steam vessel that he has completed satisfactorily at least 2 weeks indoctrination and training in the engine department of a partially automated steam vessel of 4,000 horsepower or over; or

      (3) Satisfactory completion of a course of training for engineman acceptable to the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center.

           (b) The Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, who is satisfied that an applicant for the rating of engineman meets the requirements specified in this section, will endorse this rating on the current merchant mariner's document held by the applicant.

           (c) Any holder of a merchant mariner's document endorsed for "any unlicensed rating" in the engine department, "QMED-any rating" or "deck engine mechanic" is qualified as an engineman and that endorsement will not be entered on his document.

 

 

 

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