[QUOTE=catherder;174940]When I applied for 3A/E, I also applied for DDE Unlimited (which is time based, not HP based).
They sent a letter approving both tests. Yes, you have to test for it.
If you can manage a 3A/E exam, you should do fine on the DDE exam. The material and questions are from the same question bank.
I prepared for both and passed both by self preparation. Not knocking the prep courses, but you can do it on your own with some elbow grease.[/QUOTE]
It seems that more and more, my comments start, “Way back in the old days” . . . so in keeping with that, way back in the old days, I used to sail as Chief on uninspected tugs and ATBs with my unlimited 3rds, steam and motor. . . there was no DDE credential or license at the time. I believe that it came about not too long after I came ashore. The idea being to deal with the fact that a license was not needed on uninspected vessels for engineers. . .and how more and more of these uninspected vessels having a good amount of horsepower.
I have been pretty vocal about the quality of some of the assistants that I used to get, but to be fair, two of the worst that immediately come to mind did have unlimited 3rds (or higher) and I had to let them go; one after his first couple of weeks onboard and one that flew out to join. . . sent him packing before he unpacked. . . . and he had an unlimited Chief Motor license. . . .just shows you never know. . .one was state Academy and the other a hawsepiper. . . to me, no difference regarding how you got your license, or for that matter what your license is. . .what mattered to me most was the level of enthusiasm and skills anyone brought to my engine room. . . being a good guy was a bonus, but I digress. . .again . .