MOS 88L Watercraft Engineer

MOS Description

The watercraft engineer supervises or performs unit, direct support (DS) and general support (GS) maintenance. Services Army watercraft, amphibians and auxiliary equipment on marine vessels. For more information on MOS 88L, see this Army website.

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U.S. Coast Guard Endorsement

The US Army MOS-88L10 Watercraft Engineer (US ARMY-671) course satisfies requirements for certain USCG endorsements. Any applicant who has successfully completed US Army MOS 88L10 Watercraft Engineer course and can provide appropriate documentation showing fulfillment of the US Army Marine License requirements for Army designated class "A" vessels will satisfy the following:

  • The USCG examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-9 for a QMED Oiler- Motor (Limited) endorsement.
  • The assessment requirements of Section A III/4 and Table A-III/4 of the STCW Code, as Amended, for Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch, restricted to service on motor vessels not equipped with auxiliary and/or waste heat boilers and without distilling plants.

Additional details and documentation required for showing sea service and training completion can be obtained from QMED Coast Guard Approval Memo.

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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

Click here to go to National Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) COOL Snapshot page.

The Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) is the senior most rating in the engine room and also the entry level for any merchant marine Engineering Officers License. Each QMED rating must be endorsed separately, unless one qualifies for all QMED ratings. QMED duties include, but are not limited to, inspection of equipment such as pumps, turbines, distilling plants, and condensers; lubrication and maintenance of generators, steering systems, lifeboats, and sewage disposal systems; cleaning and restoration of tools and other equipment.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW - Able Seafarer - Engine is an international endorsement for the National QMED rating. STCW - Able Seafarer-Engine duties include, but are not limited to, inspection of equipment such as pumps, turbines, distilling plants, and condensers; lubrication and maintenance of generators, steering systems, lifeboats, and sewage disposal systems; cleaning and restoration of tools and other equipment.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW - Rating Forming Part of a Engineering Watch (RFPEW) is the senior most rating in the engine room and the entry level for any merchant marine Engineering Officers License. Each STCW - RFPEW rating must be endorsed separately, unless one qualifies for all ratings. STCW - RFPEW duties include, but are not limited to, inspection of equipment such as pumps, turbines, distilling plants, and condensers; lubrication and maintenance of generators, steering systems, lifeboats, and sewage disposal systems; cleaning and restoration of tools and other equipment.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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The American Welding Society (AWS), Certified Welder (CW) is a performance-based certification with no prerequisite courses or certifications required. The CW program tests welders on procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification. Tests for CW are performed at AWS Accredited Testing Facilities located throughout the world and are performance based. Final certification will provide candidates with a "transferrable" credential. 

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Ballast Control Operator (BCO) controls the vessel’s stability. BCO’s ballast and de-ballast the vessel, monitor all ballast controls and related instrumentation, record reports pertaining to stability, monitor variable deck load on a daily basis, assist in supervising the transfer of bulk material, inspect ballast equipment and other marine operation and lifesaving equipment, and carry out preventative maintenance on ballast control equipment.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Chief Engineer (Limited) Steam/Motor/Gas Turbine (GT) is the head of the engineering department on a merchant vessel of less than 1600GRT/3000GT and any horsepower (AHP). Chief Engineer’s oversee the engine room and auxiliary equipment, routine maintenance programs, operation of machinery, and auxiliary equipment. They respond to emergencies and report events in the appropriate logs. Additionally, Chief Engineer’s observe engine room repairs and work being done during periods of shoreside maintenance. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Chief Engineer/Assistant Engineer Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels (UFIV) is the head of the engineering department of any tonnage and horsepower. Chief Engineers/Assistant Engineers oversee the engine room and auxiliary equipment, routine maintenance programs, operation of machinery, and auxiliary equipment. They respond to emergencies and report events in the appropriate logs. Additionally, Chief Engineers/Assistant Engineers observe engine room repairs and work being done during periods of shoreside maintenance. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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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.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Assistant Engineer (Limited) Steam/Motor/Gas Turbine (GT) assists the Chief Engineer. They are responsible (not limited to) for ship maintenance, engine maintenance, machinery repairs, and fueling on board a Steam/Motor/GT Vessel. They are also responsible for electrical, sewage treatment, lube oil, bilge, and oily water separation systems, and stand a watch. Their duties depend upon the type of ship or vessel and arrangement of the engine department.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Designated Duty Engineer Steam/Motor/GT is a qualified engineer, who may be the sole engineer on vessels with a periodically unattended engine room. A DDE is the engineer in charge of a watch in a periodically unmanned engine room. Under the United States regulations, the DDE may serve as a Chief Engineer on domestic vessels of not more than 500grt. The 1000hp and 4000hp DDE credentials are valid only on near coastal and inland waters and the unlimited horsepower level is valid on any waters. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Chief Engineer Unlimited Steam/Motor/GT is the head of the engineering department on a merchant vessel of any tonnage or horsepower. National Chief Engineers manage the safe and efficient operations of all machinery spaces and equipment on board, oversee the engine room, auxiliary equipment, routine maintenance programs, monitor the safe and efficient operation of machinery, and auxiliary equipment, and respond to emergencies, and report events in the appropriate logs. Chief Engineers also observe engine room repairs and work being performed during periods of shoreside maintenance. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), Chief Engineer Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) is the head of the engineering department on an OSV of any tonnage and horsepower. National Chief Engineers manage the safe and efficient operations of all machinery spaces and equipment on board, oversee the engine room, auxiliary equipment, routine maintenance programs, monitor the safe and efficient operation of machinery, and auxiliary equipment, and respond to emergencies, and report events in the appropriate logs. Chief Engineers also observe engine room repairs and work being performed during periods of shoreside maintenance. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, experience, and training requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Assistant Engineer Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) assists the Chief Engineer and performs ship maintenance, engine maintenance, machinery repairs, and fueling. They are also responsible for electrical, sewage treatment, lube oil, bilge, and oily water separation systems, and stand a watch. Their duties depend upon the type of ship or vessel and arrangement of the engine department.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), STCW - Advanced Firefighting is an endorsement that demonstrates proficiency in fire-fighting procedures at sea and in port, with emphasis on organization, tactics and command.

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Renewal Period: 5 s

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), STCW Medical First Aid Provider/PIC of Medical Care demonstrates proficiency in providing Medical care and treatment onboard vessels required to hold these positions.

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The United States Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is for individuals who drive certain Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). There are three classes of CDLs with endorsements for specialized qualifications for vehicles like school buses, tank trucks, and tractor trailers. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires drivers to obtain and hold a CDL if they operate in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce and drive a vehicle that meets one or more of the classifications of a CMV described on the FMSCA website. FMSCA has developed and issued standards for state testing and licensing of CDL holders. These standards require state governments to issue CDLs to certain CMV drivers only after the driver passes knowledge and skills testing that is administered by the state and related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.
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Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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