Assessment OICEW-5-1A

Steering gear test

Assessed in EN-4231 Sea Term IV: Marine Engineering


Aboard ship at steering room station or in an approved simulator.

Performance Requirements

Behavior Standard
The student will: During assessment, the student shall, at a minimum:

Check steering gear is ready for operation


  • machinery oil levels
  • general condition of equipment and space
  • system line-up is as per posted chart
  • trick wheels are disengaged

Establish communications with bridge

Use sound powered phone.

Use correct procedures and terminology

Start and Test each motor and pump

Insure that the steering engine and the rudder are synchronized in the midship position before starting or stopping pumps

Have bridge operate each main steering engine assembly through full range of travel in normal mode and nfu mode

Transfer control to local and test trick wheel mode

Verify operation of rudder angle indicator system with bridge

Note rudder travel time from stop to stop

Note any unusual operation, noises or leakage

Check alternate power sources

Verify that normal and emergency power feeders are functional

Supports Table A-III/1 officers in charge of an engineering watch

Competence Knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency Task

Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems

A4.1 Basic construction and operation principles of machinery systems, including:

  1. marine diesel engine
  2. marine steam turbine
  3. marine gas turbine
  4. marine boiler
  5. shafting installations, including propeller
  6. other auxiliaries, including various pumps, air compressor, purifier, fresh water generator, heat exchanger, refrigeration, air-conditioning and ventilation systems
  7. steering gear
  8. automatic control systems
  9. fluid flow and characteristics of lubricating oil, fuel oil and cooling systems
  10. deck machinery

Steering gear test

Published: 2016-10-28-04:00