Third assistant engineer

Third Assistant Engineer
Other names 3 A/E; Third; Fourth Engineer
Department Engineering Department
Reports to First Assistant Engineer, Chief Engineer
Licensed Yes
Duties daily maintenance and operation in the engine department
Requirements Sea Time as Unlicensed or Cadet, Professional Training.
Watchstander Depends on manned/unmanned engine room
Watch (at sea) Varies (0800-1200, 2000-2400)
Watch (in port) Varies (1600-2400)

The Third Assistant Engineer, also known as the Fourth Engineer, is a licensed member of the engineering department on a merchant vessel.

Generally the most junior marine engineer of the ship, this person is usually responsible for electrical, sewage treatment (resulting in the pejorative pun "turd engineer"), lube oil, bilge, and oily water separation systems. Depending on usage, they are called "the Third" or "the Fourth" and usually stands a watch[1] and sometimes assists the third mate in maintaining proper operation of the lifeboats.

Maritime academies such as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy offer a four-year program leading to a BS in Marine Engineering Technology, a license (issued by the Coast Guard) as a third assistant engineer, and an optional commission as ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Merchant Marine Reserve, or Coast Guard Reserve.[1] With experience and additional training, third officers may qualify for higher rank.[1]

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Notes and references

  1. 1 2 3 Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.A.) (2007). "Water Transportation Occupations" (PDF). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
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