There are 10 different QMED ratings available and the service requirements are the same for each, except for QMED ratings as Deck Engine Mechanic and Engineman as noted below. In addition, each separate QMED rating requires passing a written examination, except for Deck Engine Mechanic and Engineman.
RATING SOUGHT: SERVICE REQUIREMENTS:
QMED - Oiler, Fireman/Watertender, Junior Engineer, Refrigerating Engineer, Deck Engineer, Electrician, Machinist, OR Pumpman:
Six months (180 days) service in the engine room on vessels working in the capacity of at least equal to Wiper.
QMED - Deck Engine Mechanic While holding rating of QMED-Junior Engineer:
1. Six months (180 days) service as QMED-Junior Engineer on steam vessels of at least 4,000 horsepower,
2. Satisfactory completion of at least 4 weeks of indoctrination and training in the engine department of an automated steam vessel of at least 4,000 horsepower.
QMED - Engineman While holding rating of QMED - Fireman/Watertender and Oiler, or Junior Engineer:
1. Six months (180 days) service in any one or combination of QMED - Junior Engineer, Fireman/Watertender, or Oiler on steam vessels of at least 4,000 horsepower,
2. Satisfactory completion of at least 2 weeks of indoctrination and training in the engine department of a partially automated steam vessel of at least 4,000
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