Chief Unlimited HP/Near Coastal


#1

I have a 3rd A/E Unlimited license. I want to get my Chief Engineer Unlimited Hp/near coastal. Has anyone out there gotten this endorsement from 3 A/E? I am pretty sure it comes with the 2nd A/E license if requested, but I am wondering if I can get it before I get my seconds?? Any light on the subject would be appriciated!


#2

You must have ment Chief Engineer “Limited”, correct?


#3

46 CFR 1-40 Has a table in it showing deck and engine license structure.
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov


#4

I am pretty sure you need at least 1 year sea time on your 3rd’s to qualify for the crossover exam.


#5

One year as (any) licensed engineer to test for C/E (Ltd) NC.
C/E Ltd oceans is 2 years (any) license.
Ltd NC comes with 2AE.
Ltd oceans comes with1AE.


#6

Cheng, is that under a new licensing/testing scheme? A ChEngLtd Oceans friend of mine studied/tested long and hard to get his 1AE


#7

I don’t suppose anyone here knows why the USCG in the wisdom catagorizes engineer’s licenses as ocean or near coastal? The machinery is exactly the same either way!
Go figure!


#8

If you look at the license structure diagram for engineers in 46 CFR - Part 10 it shows a crossover route from C/E - Limited (NC) to 3rd A/E - Unlimited after 12 months of 8-hour days (8 months of 12-hour days) of service as C/E - Limited which, coincidentally, is the exact same amount of service time required to go from 3rd A/E - Unlimited to 2nd A/E - Unlimited. It does <strong>not</strong> show the reverse as being true but that <strong>may</strong> still be the case. Or maybe you have to go from 3rd A/E to 2nd A/E and ask for the endorsement at the same time. Either way it’s worth looking into. You can call the National Maritime Center at 1-888-427-5662 or email them your question at iasknmc@uscg.mil , although I have no clue how long it will take to get an answer. Click here to read the text of the sea-time requirements for the engineering licenses in the CFR.


#9

Thanks for the info everyone!!!


#10

So are the engineers dealing with the same problems finding a hitch as the deck folks? I’ve seen plenty of posts here about 500 or even 1600 guys having to take an AB hitch. Are engineers feeling the same pinch?


#11

In my experience, engineers are like bass players, they never have to beg for a gig.