United States Coast Guard (USCG)

National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT


Credential: National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT
Credentialing Agency: United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/Gas Turbine is a management-level license and a member of the engineering department on a merchant vessel. Engineers monitor the safe and efficient operation of engineering machinery, conduct routine maintenance and repair of engine room machinery and auxiliary equipment, and observe engine room repairs and work done by shipyard or other contractors. They also perform watch standing duties, respond to emergencies, and report special events in the appropriate logs. Engineer’s participate as a lifeboat crewmember and a firefighting and emergency response team leader and report to the Chief Engineer. The First Engineer is responsible for the engine room when the Chief is not available. There are several pathways outlined in the licensing documents to obtain a United States Coast Guard license as a First Assistant Engineer. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: Various Sea Service Requirements
  • Education: Approved Program
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

United States Coast Guard (USCG)

United States Department of Homeland Security
2100 2nd St. S.W.
Washington, DC  20593-0001

Phone: (202) 267-0218

Email: iasknmc@uscg.mil

Sea Service Requirement REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet one of the following Sea Service Requirements:

  • 360 days of service as an assistant engineer, while holding a MMC as 2nd A/E
  • 360 days of service as a chief engineer (limited).
For additional details refer to the NMC Checklist.

Knowledge Test 1AE01

  • Q511 General Subjects 1
  • Q112 General Subjects 2
  • Q513 Steam Plants
  • Q514 Motor Plants
  • Q515 Gas Turbine Plants
  • Q516 Engineering Safety & Environmental Protection
  • Q517 Electricity, Electronics, & Control Engineering

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the United States Coast Guard (USCG) testing process, visit the agency website.

National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT include:

Applicants for the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) must meet the listed general requirements:

  • Meet the credential age requirement.
  • Submit evidence of holding or having applied for Transportation Working Identification Card (TWIC) from TSA.
  • Submit completed MMC Application CG-Form 719B.
    • Must submit evidence of appropriate Sea Service as required. Military sea service may be counted towards the sea service required to become a mariner. This military sea service is only part of the MMC evaluation. Documentation is key and must be submitted with the MMC application package to a Regional Exam Center.
    • Provide photocopies the front and the back of all relevant Training Course Certificate(s) and Certifications.
    • Submit CG Form- 719C Disclosure Statement for Narcotics, DWI/DUI, and/or other convictions as applicable.
    • Provide proof of passing the appropriate vision, hearing, medical, or physical exam, documented on CG Form-719K or CG-719K/E.
    • Provide evidence of passing a DOT/USCG periodic drug test on CG From- 719P.
  • Submit evaluation, exam and issuance Fees as applicable.

National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT include:

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) National Maritime Center (NMC) awards credentials to fully qualified mariners to assure a safe, secure, economically viable and environmentally sound Marine Transportation System. There are generally two types of mariner credentials: National and International, and they are awarded in two primary operational departments, Deck and Engine.  However, before any mariner credential is awarded, applicants must first attain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

The International credentials are governed in compliance with Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW). These international standards (STCW) were first developed in 1978 when the international maritime community realized that human factors played a dominant role in the prevention of marine casualties.  The last major revision to the international STCW Convention and Code were adopted in 2010 in Manila, Philippines and took effect on 1 Jan 2012.

General Application Requirements include drug test compliance, medical screening, First Aid and CPR certificates of training, and firefighting training. In addition to the general application requirements, the primary data elements that NMC evaluators need from military mariner applicants to assess their experience and suitability for National or STCW level credentials are Military Sea Service history and Vessel Information as described below:

MILITARY SEA SERVICE

Military sea service experience must be a reasonable equivalent to the service required of a merchant mariner who is seeking an identical license. Evaluations of military sea service require submission of a Transcript of Sea Service (TOSS) or a Sea Service Letter. Each service has a slightly different version of their Sea Service letter; this example shows U.S. Navy Sea Service Letter requirements.  U.S. Army applicants can request a copy of their Sea Service history through the Sea Pay system.

NMC Regional Examination Centers may also require an official description of duties statement, letters of qualification, service record entries, or letters from former supervisors or commanding officers as well.  Specific details about sea service requirements for the various different credentials can be found in  46 CFR Part 10 - Merchant Mariner Credential, and 46 CFR Part 12 - Requirements for Rating Endorsements.  Additional details related to criteria for accepting military sea experience can be obtained from the Marine Safety Manual-Vol III, and Section 3 of the Military File Evaluation Manual.

VESSEL INFORMATION

Each Service also has corresponding vessel information. 

U.S. Navy applicants can reference this U.S. Navy Vessel Information chart for details on Ship Type, Name, Hull number, Ship Class, GRI ITC Tonnage, GRT Tonnage, Horsepower, and Propulsion Type when completing their Sea Service Letter.

U.S. Army applicant’s Vessel information will be included in the Sea Pay letter they request for military sea service history.

National 1st Assistant Engineer Steam/Motor/GT include:

Requirements for renewal:

  • The applicant must either—
    • Present evidence of at least 1 year of sea service during the past 5 years;
    • Pass a comprehensive, open-book exercise covering the general subject matter as appropriate to the credential;
    • Complete an approved refresher training course;
    • Provide evidence of employment as a qualified instructor or in a position closely related to the credential.
  • A credential may be renewed at any time during its validity and for 1 year after expiration.

There are no professional requirements for renewal for the following endorsements:

  • Ordinary seaman, Wiper, Steward's department, Steward's department (F.H.).
  • Cadet, Student observer, Apprentice engineer, Apprentice mate.
  • Person in charge of medical care, Medical first-aid provider.
  • GMDSS at-sea maintainer, GMDSS operator.

Certain STCW endorsements must complete approved refresher or revalidation training.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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This certification is eligible for CA.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

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Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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