Does any one know how difficult the oiler and pumpman exam are? thanks

I depends of your effort. If you study all of the material, it’s easy, if you don’t, it’s difficult. Are you needing to know the scope of material? Difficult vs. Easy is a question only you can answer.

Pretty well sums it up. I set for oiler, electrician, pumpman and tankerman over 35 years ago and only studied the Blue Book and the old AB/QMED free hand-out that the CG used to give away. Tankerman now requires PIC classroom and BST. I assume the CG still tests for QMED rates.

Click <a title=“USCG Engine exam questions and illustrations” target="_blank" href="http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/programView.do?channelId=-23611&programId=37912&programPage=%2Fep%2Fprogram%2Feditorial.jsp&pageTypeId=13489&BV_SessionID=@@@@0995354969.1216929783@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfadeejldehkgcfjgcfgfdffhdghm.0]here for good resources on engine exams.<br><br>Oh yeah. The Homeport site has some silly timeout “feature”, so the above link might not be good. If it isn’t, go to:<br><br>http://homeport.uscg.mil<br><br>Click on “Merchant Mariners” in the left column<br><br>About halfway down you’ll see:<br><br>“Merchant Mariner Information Center”<br>One the line below, click on “Engine Exam Information”

anchorman thanks. Do you know the scope of material i have been studying the general book and the oiler book the blue ones.

Darren,<br>Here’s what wipers have been doing lately to progress to QMED and it seems to work well.Get yourself a study CD from hawsepipe.net of the Chief Ltd variety. Practice the “general” section and the safety section until you start scoring 80% on a regular basis. You can ignore the more difficult theory questions as they aren’t included on the QMED test. You then have to decide which QMED you wish to sit for. I think there are 7 different QMED ratings currently. The all purpose one has for many years been QMED Oiler/Watertender, with this you can work on any vessel motor or steam. The easiest from what I’ve been told is QMED OSV but you’d be restricting yourself to supply vessels until you got a license.<br>None of the USCG exams are that difficult nowadays as the questions you may be asked are a matter of public knowledge and the, in my opinion, lowering of standards. Geez, I remember when there were essay questions and engineers had to draw to scale.<br>You shouldn’t have any problem and good luck !<br>Tengineer

The cook on my last vessel is scheduled to attend something called “QMED school?” He wants to change jobs obviously. Maybe you could check some such school out.

<P>“QMED school” probably refers to a Coast Guard approved course that will substitute for taking the Coast Guard exams. There’s a list of them at:<br><A href="http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/mmic-appcourses.htm]http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/mmic-appcourses.htm</A><br><br>James D. Cavo<br>Chief, Mariner Training & Assessment Division<br>USCG National Maritime Center<br><A href="mailto:James.D.Cavo@uscg.mil]<font color=#3354aa>James.D.Cavo@uscg.mil</font></A></P>

<strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.seattlecentral.edu/maritime/prog.php]Seattle Central Community College<br><br><br></strong>/snip/<br><strong>(QMED)Qualified Member of the Engineering Department</strong>
<br>The Marine Engineering Technology Program <strong>(QMED)</strong> combines
practical shipboard experience and required courses in engineering with
additional courses in computation, communication and human relations.
Emphasis is placed on the theory, design, operation and maintenance of
marine propulsion plants and associated equipment. The sea component
requires the student to go to sea once a week during the second and
third quarter aboard the college’s training vessels. The academic
program is followed by a 30-90 day at-sea internship on a large
commercial vessel.