Class 4 Oral syllabus

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Below is listed the Class 4 oral as supplied by the British Marine Safety Agency (MSA) as of Nov 2000.

The first part refers to the syllabus for the engineering knowledge required for the Oral.

The second part refers to the Oral syllabus for Watch keeping Engineer Officer which means the Class 4 Oral as quoted in the Marine Notice MGN 69 (m) 'Training and Certification Guidance-Part II.'

    1. Routine associated with taking over and accepting a watch
    2. Compilation of machinery space log book and understanding significance of readings taken
    3. Routine duties undertaken during a watch
    4. Routine associated with handing over to the following watch
    5. Safety precautions to be observed during a watch and immediate actions in the event of a fire or accident
    6. Preparing main machinery and auxiliary equipment for sea. Testing plant and equipment
    7. Routine pumping operation of fuel and water
    8. Use of oily water separator and precautions to be observed to prevent pollution
    9. Operation of auxiliary boiler including combustion system
    10. Methods of checking water level in boilers and action necessary if water level is abnormal
    11. Preparing, starting, coupling and changing over alternators and generators
    12. Immediate action necessary in cases of electric shock
    13. Location and rectification of common faults in pumps and pumping systems
    14. Location and rectification of common faults in machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms
    15. Recognition of boiler water contamination

    STCW 95 ENGINEER ORAL EXAMINATION SYLLABUS

    ENGINEER OFFICER OF THE WATCH

      MARINE ENGINEERING
    1. Maintain a safe engineering watch
      1. routing associated with taking over, accepting and handing over a watch
      2. compilation of machinery space log book and understanding significance of readings taken
      3. routine duties undertaken during watch at sea, at anchor and in port
      4. Changeover of systems from remote/automatic to local control
      5. safety precautions to be observed during a watch and immediate actions in the event of equipment breakdown, fire , flooding or accident
      6. methods of checking water level in boilers and action necessary if water level is abnormal
      7. recognition of boiler water contamination
      8. action in the event of scavenge fire/ crankcase mist alarm
    2. Operate Main and Auxiliary machinery and Associated Control systems
      1. working principles of main propulsion and auxiliary machinery
      2. preparation of main propulsion and auxiliary machinery for sea
      3. operation of machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms
      4. operation of auxiliary boilers, including combustion system
      5. location of common faults in machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms and action necessary to prevent damage
      6. routine pumping operations of bilge, ballast, fuel oil, diesel oil, lubricating oil, fresh water and cargo

      ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC AND CONTROL ENGINEERING
    1. Operate Alternators, Generators and Control systems
      1. preparation, starting, coupling and changing over of alternators and generators
      2. location of common faults in generating plant and appropriate action to prevent damage
      3. location of common faults in control systems and appropriate action to prevent damage

      MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
    1. Maintain marine engineering systems
      1. safe isolation of electrical and other plant and equipment in preparation for work to be carried out, work permit systems
      2. use of appropriate tools for fault finding, maintenance and repair of shipboard plant equipment
      3. constructional details of machinery and plant in engine and boiler rooms

      CONTROL THE OPERATION OF THE SHIP AND CARE FOR PERSONS ON BOARD
    1. Ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements
      1. precautions to be taken to prevent pollution of the environment
      2. use of oily water separator
      3. restricted areas, oil record book, disposal of pollutants
      4. action in response to a pollution incident on board
    2. Maintain seaworthiness of the ship
      1. general knowledge of the principal structural members of a ship and the proper names for the various parts
      2. understand the fundamentals of water tight integrity of the hull
      3. understanding of the fundamental actions to be taken in the event of partial loss of intact buoyancy
    3. Prevent, Control and Fight fires on board
      1. fire prevention, use and care of fire-fighting appliances, fixed machinery space installations, escape and breathing apparatus
      2. appropriate action in response to fires on board, within and external to machinery spaces, shut-down and isolation of plant and equipment
      3. organisation of emergency parties and drills
      4. fire and safety plans
    4. Operate life-saving appliances
      1. correct use of life saving appliances and equipment
      2. organisation of abandon ship drills
    5. Legislative requirements
      1. the purpose of MCA Merchant shipping notices, Marine Guidance notices and Marine Information notes
      2. knowledge and application of the Code of Safe working practices for Merchant seaman
      3. an outline knowledge of merchant shipping health and safety at work regulations
      4. basic working knowledge of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and of the SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW Conventions