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|Other names||Third assistant engineer|
|Reports to||Chief engineer, second engineer, third engineer|
|Duties||daily maintenance and operation in the engine department|
|Requirements||Sea Time as Unlicensed or Cadet, Professional Training.|
|Watchstander||Depends on manned/unmanned engine room|
|Watch (at sea)||Varies (0800-1200, 2000-2400)|
|Watch (in port)||Varies (1600-2400)|
Generally the most junior engine officer of the ship, this person is usually responsible for electrical, sewage treatment (resulting in the pejorative pun "turd engineer"), lube oil, bilge, and oily water separation systems. Depending on usage, they are called "the Third" or "the Fourth" and usually stands a watch and sometimes assists the third mate in maintaining proper operation of the lifeboats.
Maritime academies such as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy offer a four-year program leading to a BS in Marine Engineering Technology, a license (issued by the Coast Guard) as a third assistant engineer, and an optional commission as ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Merchant Marine Reserve, or Coast Guard Reserve. With experience and additional training, third officers may qualify for higher rank.
Notes and references
- International Labour Organization (2000-12-05). "Ship-Engineer (Machinist)". International Hazard Datasheets on Occupation. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
- International Maritime Organization (1995) . "III: Standards Regarding the Engine Department". International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978. Section A–III/1.
- Description at WomenOceanographers.org
- Job Description at WHOI
- Job Description at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
- Job Description at Maritime Industry Authority Philippines