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Designated Duty Engineer Unlimited Horsepower (DDE)

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The goal of this 20-day, 140-hour course of instruction is designed to provide training to personnel in the engine department with instruction and proficiency in motor and/or steam engineering. An attendee successfully completing the Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) program will be able to demonstrate general knowledge of the subjects, which must be sufficient to satisfy the examiner that he is qualified to perform the duties of the rating for which he/she makes application.

This course is also designed to provide entry level Engine Department personnel with the knowledge and understanding of the subjects covered in USCG QMED exams.  QMED General, Oiler, and Fireman/Watertender are covered.

DDE endorsements are issued in 3 levels of horsepower dependent upon the total service, and completion of the appropriate exam modules. They include:

  • DDE Unlimited HP: 1080 days with 540 days as a QMED, QMED DDE
  • 4,000 HP: 720 days with 360 days as a QMED, QMED DDE
  • 1,000 HP: 360 days with 180 days as a QMED

What You Will Learn

  • Hand tools
  • Measuring instruments
  • Firefighting
  • Piping systems
  • Safety precautions
  • Combustible fuels
  • Boilers
  • Electrical safety and theor
  • Engine room auxiliaries
  • Damage control
  • Pollution laws and regulations
  • Ship construction
  • Principles of refrigeration
  • Hydraulics
  • Filters and strainers
  • Motor plants
  • Pneumatics
  • Pumps, steering gear
  • Deck machinery and air compressors

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MITAGS - Linthicum Heights, MD


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