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engineering

chief engineer...usually referred to as "The Chief", is the senior licensed member of the Engineering department.  Aboard some vessels, he or she is considered in equal rank to that of the Captain.  The Chief is responsible for the operations, maintenance, and repairs of all the ship's machinery.  All members of the Engine Department, under the Chief's direction, assist in accomplishing these tasks.
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 1st assistant engineer...is a licensed member of the Engine Department who reports directly to the Chief Engineer and holds a supervisory position.  He or she is essentially the Chief's "right hand", ensuring the maintenance and repairs, performed by Junior members of the Engine Department, are accomplished in a proper and timely manner.  


2nd assistant engineer...a licensed member of the Engine Department.  His or her primary duties include the operation and maintenance of the ship's Steam System, Fuel Transfer System, Fuel Treatment System, and Fuel Supply System.  Additional work is, of course, assigned by the Chief or First Engineer.

 3rd assistant engineer...a licensed member of the Engine Department whose primary duties include the operation and maintenance of the Sewage Treatment System, Lube Oil Treatment, and Lube Oil Filtration Systems.  Additional work could include minor electrical repairs or assisting in large jobs.  It is not uncommon to have more that one 3rd Assistant Engineer on board the vessel. 


designated duty engineer(dde)...a licensed member of the Engine Department aboard smaller vessels (500 Gross Tons or less).  He or she stands watch and assists the Chief with maintenance and repairs.


qualified member of the engineering department (qmed)
...an unlicensed member of the Engine Department who usually assists the engineers with their responsibilities and could also stand watch.  There can be several QMED's on a vessel who function in different capacities; Junior Engineer, Deck Engineer, Oiler, Fireman, Electrician, and Pumpman.    

junior engineer...a QMED that will assist with operation, maintenance, and repairs of most equipment as instructed by the Chief or the First Engineer.  He or she can also stand watch or be a day worker.


deck engineer...a QMED responsible for the maintenance and repairs of equipment on the cargo deck.  He or she is primarily involved in cargo transfer, such as pumps, winches, and conveyors.  The Deck Engineer may also be responsible for other equipment located on the weather deck and does not usually stand watch.

 oiler...a QMED who usually stands watch with an assistant engineer on a Diesel Motor Vessel.  The Oiler assists the engineers with duties such as checking and maintaining oil levels on various machinery, as well as taking temperature and pressure readings.  The Oiler can perform some work on his or her won at the discretion of the licensed engineers.

  fireman/watertender...a QMED who usually stands watch with an assistant engineer.  He or she also assists the engineers with maintaining proper water levels in the Steam System and cleaning/maintaining burner nozzles on the boiler.  He or she may also take temperature and pressure readings, as directed, on different machinery. 

 electrician...a QMED that usually reports to the Chief or the First Engineer.  He or she is responsible for the maitenance and repairs of the electrical equipment including lighting, electrical motors for pumps and ventilation fans, some automation systems, and the electrical power generators.

 pumpman...a QMED on a tanker vessel.  His or her primary duty is the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the cargo pumps and cargo valves.



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