Questions about NEW 3rd Assistant Engineer Requirements

About a year ago, I attended Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk and received my QMED any rating qualifications. I’m currently sailing as a QMED with ECO.

My plan was to rack up the sea days, and apply for my 3rd unlimited license and take the exam in about a year. However, recently I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about NEW classes being required by the USCG, comprised of 5 or 6 courses. Supposedly these new courses cost $20,000 altogether.

I already spent roughly $25,000 on the courses that I took in 2019… Wtf? I understand that I’ll be making the money back and all, but if this is true, talk about misleading. Not to mention I’d have to take these classes during my off time, which is already limited. I’m strongly considering a career change at this point, doesn’t seem to be worth it to me.

I’m not able to find to much information about this online or gcaptain, so any insights are appreciated.



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3 thoughts on “Questions about NEW 3rd Assistant Engineer Requirements

  • June 30, 2020 at 1:21 am
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    I don’t know anything about any new requirements, but since getting into the industry in 2008 I have seen regulations become continually more stringent. Your best bet is to upgrade as quickly as possible if you want to avoid more hoops to jump through.

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  • June 30, 2020 at 1:21 am
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    I’m not sure about the regs changing for engine licenses since i usually just deal with deck licenses but here are the two checklists for [OICEW](https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_213_web.pdf) and 3rd Unlimited ( [https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_40_web.pdf](https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_40_web.pdf) ). The checklists outline the requirements.

    And don’t be afraid to call MAMA or Calhoon and ask to speak to their registrar/student services person for a clarification.

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  • June 30, 2020 at 1:21 am
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    Are you talking about Engine Room resource management? It’s one $1k class. Some employers might even pay for it. You shouldn’t have to worry about The Leadership or MEECE until you sit for 1 A/E.

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