Marine Engineering at Support Level

Course Topics

  • 4.1. Familiarization with duties and Engine Room environment
  • 4.1.1. Duties of a Trainee Rating in the Engine Room
  • 4.1.2. Engine Room Space
  • 4.1.3. Engine Room Machinery
  • 4.1.4. Auxiliary Machinery
  • 4.1.5. Symbols used in the engine room
  • 4.1.6. Engine Room watch keeping procedures
  • 4.2. Basic Turning and fitting
  • 4.2.1 Hand Tools, Measuring instruments
  • 4.2.2 Use of bench vise and filing, marking and tapping tools.
  • 4.2.3 Use of power tools for grinding and drilling
  • 4.3. Safe working procedures, Tools & instruments
  • 4.1.1. Lifting devices and equipment
  • 4.3.2. Safety precautions while working in the engine room
  • 4.3.3. Safety precautions during bad weather
  • 4.3.4. Safety precautions during hot work
  • 4.3.5. Safety precautions while working on electrical equipments
  • 4.3.6. Safety precautions before entering enclosed spaces
  • 4.3.7. Safety precautions during dry dock
  • 4.3.8. Cleaning of engine using chemical agents, for engine room bilges, disposal of engine room waste
  • 4.3.9. Bilge pumping system
  • 4.3.10. Ballasting & de-ballasting system, bunkering procedures
  • 4.3.11. Maintenance work & preservation
  • 4.4. Auxiliary Equipment & maintenance work
  • 4.4.1. Valves & piping system
  • 4.4.2. Pumps and Pumping Systems including ballasting & Deballasting
  • 4.4.3. Joints and gland packing
  • 4.4.4. Filters
  • 4.4.5. Centrifugal separators
  • 4.4.6. Other Auxiliaries
  • 4.4.7. Boiler and Steam System & watch keeping duties
  • 4.4.8. Propeller & shafting
  • 4.4.9. Preservation of equipment in good condition
  • 4.5. Identify components of diesel engines listed below:
  • 4.5.1 Generator Engines
  • 4.5.2 Main Engine Maintenance work & preservation
  • 4.6. Compressed air for auxiliary purposes
  • 4.7. Machines: Grinder, Drill, Lathe
  • 4.8. Basic welding and cutting: Arc welding, gas welding, gas cutting
  • 4.9. Lubricants and lubrication
  • 4.10. Level measuring devices and techniques
  • 4.11. Lagging and insulation
  • 4.12. Chemicals on board
  • 4.13. Steering Gear
  • 4.13.1. Function of steering gear, check to be made while taking a round in the steering gear compartment
  • 4.13.2. Bow thruster location & importance
  • 4.14. Storage tanks
  • 4.14.1. Types of storage tanks in the engine room
  • 4.14.2. Purpose & operation of quick closing valves
  • 4.15. Emergencies in the engine room
  • 4.15.1. Various emergencies in the engine room
  • 4.15.2. Types of audio-visual alarms
  • 4.15.3. Action to be taken on hearing/seeing alarms
  • 4.15.4. Emergency escape routes
  • 4.16. Fire extinguishing equipment in the engine room
  • 4.16.1. Portable firefighting appliances in the engine room
  • 4.16.2. Fixed firefighting equipment i.e CO2, Foam, Water Sprinkler, Hyper Mist, Emergency Fire Pump
  • 4.17. Basic Marine Engineering at Support Level
  • 4.17.1. Engineering Materials & Special Tools used for maintenance of Engine Room main & auxiliary machineries
  • 4.17.2. Watch keeping duties on main & auxiliary machineries including boilers
  • 4.17.3. Working of Diesel engine, air compressor, evaporator,oily bilge separator, AC & fridge plant
  • 4.17.4. Remote operations & internal communications system

4.1. Familiarization with duties and Engine Room environment





The following pictures will help you to understand about the general location of engine room in a ship. Engine room is in the bottom aft portion of the ship from where  main engine drives the propeller and rudder is used for steering. In the 2nd picture you will understand that there are many compartments in E.R 3rd picture shows the full ship and the location of engine room for your understanding.


Learn and know the ship and its parts in the given sketch














New crew members or officers joining a ship must be familiarized with their duties and important information about the ship. This is to ensure that the new people on board ship understand their responsibilities thoroughly before commencing their duties.

The main aim of the familiarization training is to make the new crew aware of important safety procedures that are to be carried out on ships while working or during an emergency situations.

It is the responsibility of captain/ chief engineer that new person joining onboard should be familiarized.

It is the duty of the officer in charge of the training to train the new crew regarding.

  • Instructions on SOLAS and MARPOL
  • Important features of muster list
  • Guidelines on how to tackle all kinds of emergency situations on ships
  • Important documents and publications of ships
  • Ship’s Fire Control Plan
  • Different types of fire fighting appliances and procedures to use them

Apart from the above mentioned points, the officer must also ensure that the new crew members know the following:

  • Location of life jackets and immersion suits, along with the procedure to wear the life jacket
  • Location of escape routes
  • Different types of alarms on board ship
  • Location of his or her cabin, along with the location of the nearest escape route and fire extinguisher
  • His or her duties in the muster list and during emergency situations
  • Basics of fire prevention on ships
  • Actions to be taken in case of medical emergency before further medical assistance is received
  • Operation of fire and water-tight doors fitted on ships
  • Important instructions on various drills on ships
  • Procedure to operate fire extinguishers
  • Procedure to raise an alarm in case of an accident or emergency
  • Location of battery room
  • Location of emergency generator room
  • Location of fixed firefighting room


Rating comes to the engine room entrance. The door is marked with precautions to enter engine room and he wears boiler suits with all the safety gears. Opens the door and enters the engine room. Goes to the engine control room, and meets duty engineer/2nd engineer for orders. Goes for engine room rounds first checks the funnel then climb down to all platforms in sequence. In the top platform checks the expansion tank for water level then goes to the boiler platform checks all the parameters of boilers and incinerator. Goes to various platforms, the main engine cylinder head -fuel pump -coolers/Heat exchanger -fresh water generator (FWG). Takes round of generator room and various machineries like Pumps, shafting, purifier room, oily water separator. Checks bilges and sumps for levels then goes for routine work.


1.ENTER engine room wearing PPE (Helmet, Safety shoes, Boiler suits, Ear muff etc.)



2. Go to ECR (ENGINE CONTROL ROOM) for orders from engineer officer.




3. Go for engine room rounds starting from funnel




4. Expansion tanks for checking level



5. Boilers and incinerators







6. Main engine cylinder head platform



7. Fuel pump platform, coolers and heat exchangers, FWG


                                                       Fuel pump platform               




                                                HEAT EXCHANGER/COOLERS

                                                    (SHELL AND TUBE TYPE)



                                                                    (PLATE TYPE )






8. Generator room



9. Bottom platform- Pumps, Shafting, Purifier, OWS, Bilge, Sump