Warsash Maritime Academy, UK.
STCW 95 ENGINEER ORAL EXAMINATION SYLLABUSES

STCW Reg - III/1
ENGINEER OFFICER OF THE WATCH

The following syllabus is mainly concerned with the safe and efficient operation of plant, the correct use of equipment
provided for the safety of the ship and the protection of the environment.

TOPIC 1 MARINE ENGINEERING

1 Maintain a Safe Engineering Watch

a) routine associated with taking over, accepting and handing over a watch;
b) compilation of machinery space log book and understanding significance of readings taken;
c) routine duties undertaken during a watch at sea, at anchor and in port;
d) changeover of systems from remote/automatic to local control;
e) safety precautions to be observed during a watch and immediate actions in the event of equipment breakdown, fire,
flooding or accident;
f) methods of checking water level in boilers and action necessary if water level is abnormal;
g) recognition of boiler water contamination;
h) action in the event of scavenge fire/crankcase mist alarm.

2 Operate Main and Auxiliary Machinery and Associated Control Systems

a) working principles of main propulsion and auxiliary machinery;
b) preparation of main propulsion and auxiliary machinery for sea;
c) operation of machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms;
d) operation of auxiliary boilers, including combustion system;
e) location of common faults in machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms and action necessary to prevent damage;
f) routine pumping operations of bilge, ballast, fuel oil, diesel oil, lubricating oil, fresh water and cargo.

TOPIC 2 ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC AND CONTROL ENGINEERING

1 Operate Alternators, Generators and Control Systems

a) preparation, starting, coupling and changing over of alternators and generators;
b) location of common faults in generating plant and appropriate action to prevent damage;
c) location of common faults in control systems and appropriate action to prevent damage.

TOPIC 3 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

1 Maintain Marine Engineering Systems

a) safe isolation of electrical and other plant and equipment in preparation for work to be carried out, work permit systems;
b) use of appropriate tools for fault finding, maintenance and repair of shipboard plant and equipment;
c) constructional details of machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms.

TOPIC 4 CONTROL THE OPERATION OF THE SHIP AND CARE FOR PERSONS ON BOARD

1 Ensure Compliance with Pollution Prevention Requirements

a) precautions to be taken to prevent pollution of the environment;
b) use of oily water separator;
c) restricted areas, oil record book, disposal of pollutants;
d) action in response to a pollution incident on board, SOPEP manual;

2 Maintain Seaworthiness of the Ship

a) general knowledge of the principal structural members of a ship and the proper names for the various parts.;
b) understanding the fundamentals of watertight integrity of the hull;
c) understanding of the fundamental actions to be taken in the event of partial loss of intact buoyancy.

3 Prevent, Control and Fight Fires on Board

a) fire prevention, use and care of fire-fighting appliances, fixed machinery space installations, escape and breathing
apparatus;
b) appropriate action in response to fires on board, within and external to machinery spaces, shutdown and isolation of plant
and equipment;
c) organisation of emergency parties and drills;
d) fire and safety plans.

4 Operate Life-Saving Appliances

a) correct use of life-saving appliances and equipment;
b) organisation of abandon ship drills.

5 Legislative Requirements

a) the purpose of MCA Merchant Shipping Notices, Marine Guidance Notes and Marine Information Notes;
b) knowledge and application of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen;
c) an outline knowledge of merchant shipping Health and Safety at Work regulations;
d) basic working knowledge of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and of the SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW
Conventions.


STCW Regs - III/3 AND III/2
CHIEF AND SECOND ENGINEER OFFICERS

The following is a common syllabus in which Chief Engineers and Second Engineers are required to demonstrate the specific
competence detailed in the appropriate paragraph below. All candidates should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the
syllabus for Engineer Officer of the Watch.

STCW Reg III/3 - Second Engineer - ships less than 3000 kW

As candidates at this level will also be granted certificates under Regulation III/2 to sail as Second Engineer on vessels of
less than 6000 kW on near-coastal voyages, the oral examination will concentrate on marine systems and equipment
associated with ships up to this limited registered power. It will be concerned with the constructional details, working
principles and safe and efficient operation of plant, the correct use of equipment provided for the safety of the ship and the
protection of the environment, and the legal and management responsibilities of a certificated engineer officer. In addition,
candidates are required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to enable them to assume the responsibilities of the Chief
Engineer should this officer become incapacitated during a voyage, and thus enable the vessel to safely make the next port.

STCW Reg III/3 - Chief Engineer - ships less than 3,000 kW

As candidates at this level may also be granted certificates under Regulation III/2 to sail as Chief Engineer on vessels of less
than 6,000 kW on near-coastal voyages, the oral examination will be based on the operation, maintenance and management
of marine machinery appropriate to ships of this limited registered power, particularly the recognition of irregularity in the
performance of that machinery and the analysis and interpretation of information gained from monitoring equipment. It will
also cover emergency procedures directly related to the safety of ships and the protection of the environment, advanced
operational engineering knowledge and the legal and administrative duties of a Chief Engineer Officer.

STCW Reg III/2 - Second Engineer

The oral examination will be concerned with the constructional details and working principles of marine systems and
equipment, the safe and efficient operation of plant, the correct use of equipment provided for the safety of the ship and the
protection of the environment, and the legal and management responsibilities of a certificated engineer officer.

In addition, candidates are required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to enable them to assume the responsibilities of the
Chief Engineer should this officer become incapacitated during a voyage, and thus enable the vessel to safely make the next
port.

STCW Reg III/2 - Chief Engineer

The oral examination will be based on the operation, maintenance and management of marine machinery, particularly the
recognition of irregularity in the performance of that machinery and the analysis and interpretation of information gained
from monitoring equipment. It will also cover emergency procedures directly related to the safety of ships and the protection
of the environment, advanced operational engineering knowledge and the legal and administrative duties of a Chief
Engineer Officer.

COMMON SYLLABUS FOR CHIEF AND SECOND ENGINEER OFFICERS
TOPIC 1 MARINE ENGINEERING

1 Operate, Test and Maintain Marine Engineering Systems

a) marine diesel propulsion machinery, including:

trunk and cross-head diesel engines,
starting and reversing systems,
gearing systems and clutches,
cooling and lubrication systems,
fuel oil preparation systems;

b) steam turbine propulsion machinery, including:

steam boilers and mountings,
steam distribution systems,
steam turbines,
gearing and lubrication systems,
feed water systems;

c) assessment of power output and efficiency of propulsion plant and actions to maintain safe and efficient operation;
d) automatic control and alarm systems for propulsion and auxiliary machinery;
e) sensing, monitoring and measuring devices associated with marine equipment;
f) propulsive transmission systems, including thrust and shaft bearings, stern tubes and propellers;
g) methods of manoeuvring, including bridge control systems and controllable pitch propellers;
h) auxiliary diesel engines and associated equipment;
i) auxiliary turbine driven plant and associated equipment;
j) auxiliary steam boilers and associated equipment;
k) air compressors, receivers and associated equipment;
l) methods of testing fuel oil, lubricating oil and cooling water and action necessary to maintain safe conditions;
m) methods of boiler water testing and conditioning and action to be taken to maintain safe conditions;
n) bilge, ballast and fuel oil pumping systems;
o) pollution prevention equipment and systems;
p) steering and stabilising systems, including bow thrusters;
q) refrigeration and air-conditioning systems;
r) cargo handling equipment and deck machinery;
s) fresh water production and conditioning systems.

TOPIC 2 ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC AND CONTROL ENGINEERING
1 Operate, Test and Maintain Marine Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering Systems

a) alternators, generators, motors, switchgear and batteries;
b) AC and DC distribution systems;
c) electrical and electronic control systems;
d) AC and DC electrical propulsion systems.

TOPIC 3 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
1 Plan, Schedule and Organise Maintenance and Repairs

a) Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen;
b) permit-to-work systems;
c) dangers of entering enclosed spaces;
d) dry dock procedures;
e) planned maintenance systems;
f) temporary and permanent repairs;
g) hull and machinery surveys;
h) properties of materials.

2 Detect and Identify the Cause of Machinery Malfunctions and Correct Faults

a) fault finding and rectification of faults in shipboard mechanical and electrical plant and equipment, including pneumatic
and electronic control systems

TOPIC 4 CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF THE SHIP AND CARE FOR PERSONS ON BOARD
1 Trim, Stability and Stress

a) factors affecting trim and stability, fuel and water ballast;
b) effects of damage to and consequent flooding of a compartment on the trim and stability of the ship and appropriate
countermeasures.

2 Legislative Requirements

a) International convention certificates and documents required to be on board;
b) knowledge of the international conventions on Marine Pollution, Load Lines, the Safety of Life at Sea, the Prevention of
Pollution from Ships, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping and the International Health Regulations;
c) legal powers and responsibilities under national legislation implementing international agreements and conventions;
d) information and guidance notices issued by the MCA with respect to safety at sea and pollution of the marine environment;
e) knowledge of the Codes associated with the carriage of dangerous goods;
f) a working knowledge of merchant shipping Health and Safety at Work Regulations;
g) full knowledge of the ISM Code;
h) Port State Control.

3 Maintain Safety and Security of the Vessel, Crew and Passengers

a) precautions against fires or explosions, explosive mixtures and sources of ignition;
b) maintenance of fire-fighting, detection and extinguishing systems;
c) maintenance of life-saving appliances and equipment including launching appliances;
d) knowledge of life-saving appliance regulations;
e) ensuring ship is in seaworthy condition prior to sailing, taking into account the nature of the voyage;
f) preparation for heavy weather, maintenance of watertight integrity of the hull;
g) procedures for the safe and efficient operation in the UMS mode.

4 Emergency Situations and Damage Control

a) actions to protect and safeguard all persons on board in emergencies;
b) principles and methods of fire prevention, detection and extinction in all areas of a ship;
c) principles of structural fire protection;
d) a thorough knowledge of ship construction;
e) damage control plans;
f) organisation, training and control of fire, abandon ship and damage control parties;
g) actions to limit damage following fire, explosion, collision or grounding;
h) functions and use of life-saving appliances;
i) pollution prevention - action in response to a pollution incident - SOPEP manual;
j) procedures for operating main machinery under emergency conditions.

5 Management of Personnel

a) effective management, organisation and training of engine department personnel.