While performing the duties of the Cadet Engineer or Assistant Cadet Engineer of the watch aboard the training ship, or on a simulator, or in a laboratory.

Performance requirement

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

make a thorough round before taking over the watch

  • meet the standards set forth in assessment OICEW-4-1A Inspect machinery spaces before assuming watch

take over the watch

  • take over the watch in accordance with the principles to be observed in keeping an engineering watch laid out in the STCW Code section A-VIII/2 part 4-2

  • meet the standards set forth in assessment OICEW-4-1B (Watch relief)

  • discuss current plant conditions before exchanging the watch

  • seek clarification from the off-going watch before taking over the watch if plant conditions, standing orders, special instructions, etc., are not clearly understood

perform the watch

respond to alarms

  • acknowledge alarm
  • verify alarm condition
  • assess cause of alarm condition
  • take corrective action, or request assistance if necessary

operate internal communications systems

  • communicates with bridge via sound-powered phone
  • answer the phone by stating location, rank, and name, and rank
  • simulates communication via two-way radio

respond to bells during maneuvering

  • record shaft counter and fuel oil meter reading at standby, departure, and arrival
  • acknowledge bridge commands by matching engine order telegraph with order from the bridge
  • quickly adjust throttles to meet bridge command without causing boiler pressure to exceed limits
  • make appropriate and legible entries into bell book to record all bridge command and responses

fill out the logbook

  • enter accurate data
  • make neat entries in blue or black ink
  • keep logbook clean
  • note any changes in machinery status, significant events, or casualties
  • make corrections with a single line only and initial
  • sign log at end of watch

hand-over the watch


Assessed in EN‑4231 Sea Term IV: Marine Engineering.


  1. Table A-III/1 OICEW-A1.1
  2. NVIC 17-14 Task 1.1.A


See the Assessment Guidelines for additional specifications of behavior and standards.