[QUOTE=Takeomark;146636]I am an aspiring engineer, but I will not have the required sea time to upgrade to 3A/E before 2017. I am concerned about the additional requirements that will go into effect at that time but have been unable to find any solid information. If you have info on the subject I would really appreciate it. I will be upgrading to DDE1000 when i finish my current voyage next month and I hold junior, reefer, electrician, oiler, lifeboatman, fireman/watertender, and RFPEW endorsements but I am worried about a potential career dead end after 2017. I would be grateful for any insights that you might have.[/QUOTE]
First, the license and STCW are separate. You can get any license without getting a corresponding STCW endorsement. So you can still get 3rd AE after December 31, 2016, with the same requirements that were in the old rules. But you may need an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (OICEW) in order to get work as a 3rd AE.
You might be able to avoid the increased training and assessment for OICEW that takes effect on January 1, 2017, if you can go to DDE 4000 before January 1, 2017. If you can get the sea time needed for DDE 4,000 bfore January 1, 2017, apply for that and OICEW 1,000 HP or More - this is the same STCW endorsement that corresponds to 3rd AE. By getting this STCW endorsement before January 1, 2017, you can avoid most of the new requirements. Say that you are applying for OICEW under the rules and policies in place before March 24, 2014. You will need STCW Basic Safety Training, but until December 31, 2016, but that might be all. Although STCW requires 3 years sea time for OICEW (the same as 3rd AE) I believe (but am not sure) that NMC was issuing OICEW if you held DDE 4,000. If so, then you can get that with only BST and Advanced Firefighting. Then, if you upgrade to 3rd AE after January 1, 2017 you should only need to take courses for Engineroom Resource Management and Leadership and Teamworking Skills.