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Engineering crew

The engineering department is responsible for the maintaining all machinery and electrical appliances onboard, as well as ensuring that the vessel has sufficient fuel reserves. The ranks of engineering officers include chief engineer, second engineer and engineering watchkeeping officers.

To become a marine engineer officer, one must first complete recognised maritime courses and serve as a cadet in the engineering department to receive in-service training. After completing workshop skills trainings and obtaining sufficient sea time, the cadet may apply for the respective examination for the Certificates of Competency (Marine Engineer Officer) Class 3, and be eligible to serve as an engineering watchkeeping officer. With the accumulation of more sea time, the officer may apply for the examinations for the Class 2 and then Class 1 certificates in a gradual manner. Upon obtaining the required certificate, the officer is eligible to serve as a chief engineer.

The charts show the promotion paths for marine engineer officers on board local, river trade and seagoing vessels.

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Career path of engine operators on local vessels
Eligible ratings may apply for subsidy through the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund Local Vessel Trade Training Incentive Scheme
Completion of specified short training courses May serve as general ratings
Non-compulsory training course :
Maritime Services Training Institute under the Vocational Training Council Preparatory Course for Examination Leading to Local Craft - Engine Operator Grade 3, Certificate of Competency Entrance requirements: Local seaferers who are eligible for sitting the Marine Department's Engine Operator Grade 3 Examination. Hong Kong Seamen’s Union and Small Craft Workers Union Preparatory Course for Examination for Local Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate Entrance requirements: 1.  Local Seafarers who are eligible for sitting the Marine Department's Engine Operator Grade 3 Examination 2.  Be able to prove to have a minimum of 1 month service on local vessels.
12-month sea service in duties associated with propulsion machinery
Completion of recognized apprenticeship as fitters or mechanics 12-month sea time


Engine operators of any local vessels with aggregate power not more than 750 kW
Holders of the Engine Operator Grade 3 Certificate
12-month sea time
 Engine operators of any local vessels with aggregate power not more than 1,500 kW
Holders of the Engine Operator Grade 2 Certificate
12-month sea time and completion of required basic courses
Engine operators of any local vessels with aggregate power of not more than 3,000 kW
Holders of the Engine Operator Grade 1 Certificate
 


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