star-center-training The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Program

TECH Program is a comprehensive training program created by American Maritime Officers (AMO) and Seafarers International Union (SIU). The purpose is to provide selected high school graduates with the opportunity to proceed on a seagoing marine engineering career path and help fill the developing shortage of marine engineers.

Train to become a US Coast Guard Licensed Third Assistant Engineering Officer. Two to Three Year Program with no tuition or room and board fees. Alternates between classroom study and on-the-job training at sea.

There are nine phases.

  • Phase 1 to 3: Unlicensed Apprentice Program - Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in the Paul Hall Center at Piney Point, MD http://www.seafarers.org/jobs/ua.html.
    • Phase 1 - Induction at the SHLSS and completion of an initial 12 weeks of Unlicensed Apprentice training.
    • Phase 2 - The second phase of Unlicensed Apprentice training will be completed at sea in the engineering department of a ship officered and crewed by AMO and SIU personnel. During that 90 day sea period, the candidate will complete the first sea project under supervision of onboard licensed engineers. The sea project will be sent to STAR Center for evaluation.
    • Phase 3 -Upon satisfactory completion of the first sea project, the candidate will return to SHLSS to complete 7 additional weeks of engineer/wiper training before returning to sea as a Wiper/Apprentice Engineer (Oiler).
  • Starting with Phase 4, the Candidate will alternate between sea time and classroom time http://www.star-center.com/techprogram/techprogram-phases.html.
    • Phase 4 - During a 125 day tour at sea, the candidate will work and learn as a Wiper/Apprentice Engineer and complete Sea Project #2
    • Phase 5 - Consists of 4 Weeks of training at SHLSS to complete the requirements for USCG rating as Oiler
    • Phase 6 - 125 days at sea as Oiler/Apprentice Engineer and completion of Sea Project #3
    • Phase 7 - Return to SHLSS for 11 additional weeks of training to obtain USCG rating of Junior Engineer.
    • Phase 8 - 125 days at sea sailing in the rating of Junior Engineer/Apprentice Engineer and completion of Sea Project #4
  • Final Phase 9 will be approximately 15 weeks at STAR Center in Dania Beach, Florida. At the completion of Phase 9, the Candidate will be approved to take the USCG 3 A/E Motor Exam.
    • Phase 9 - The candidate will now transition to STAR Center to complete the final phase of the program consisting of 16 weeks of Engineering Training

Benefits of this program include:

  • Job of approximately $75K starting salary upon completion.
  • See the world.
  • Gain valuable hands on experience.
  • There is no tuition or room and board.
  • All transportation costs involved with travel between ships and class are covered.
  • Small weekly stipend for classroom portions.
  • Cadet wages during sea duty.
  • Individual Medical Benefit Coverage

Entry Criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • U.S. Citizen
  • No criminal record
  • Good Physical and Mental Health
  • Pass the medical and dental examinations
  • Be able to obtain a TWIC and a Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Pass a Functional Capacity Evaluation and Coast Guard Evaluation of Fitness
  • Pass Math and Reading exams

Application deadline April 14, 2014.

 Additioanl and application information can be found here: The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Overview Powerpoint

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