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The New Management EK Syllabus

 

 

The new written Engineering Knowledge (EK) management syllabus is effective from the 1st Jan 2017 with the first examination due in March 2017. It is designed to replace the 2nd Engineer and Chief Engineer syllabi of the past. Under the new system there will only be one set  of written exams, but with different levels of Vive Voce (Oral) examination for Second and Chief Engineer. (This brings it into line with the Master/Mates examinations)

 

This doesn't mean that there is going to be a completely different set of exam questions aimed purely at management. For years now the examiners have been using a question bank, introducing a few new questions every year. It is expected that these question banks will continue to be used, the examiners being able to choose from both past Chiefs and Seconds questions. (There is nothing new in this. The same or similar questions have been appearing in both levels of papers for years).

 

The books of past questions and answers will still be available. I would advise candidates to buy both sets, although if forced to make a choice, buy the chief engineers past questions and answers. A special deal for both sets is available on the bookshop page.

The current issue of the Chief Engineers (Management) answers questions up to and including those of  December 2017.

NOTE: The last second Engineer Exams were in July 2017. So these books only include Q and A up to that date.

Below is a comparison of the old Chief engineers EK syllabus with the new Management syllabus. As you can see there are a few changes, mainly in the wording.

 

 

CHIEF ENGINEER'S SYLLABUS ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT SYLLABUS
1 Properties and characteristics of metals, materials, liquids, gases and vapours used in marine engineering.  1

Describe the use of metals, materials, liquids, gases and vapours used in marine engineering and ship construction with reference to their physical properties

2 Processes to which component parts of machinery and equipment are subjected which are relevant to their manufacture and safe use.  3 Describe processes to which component parts of machinery and equipment are subjected which are relevant to their operation, explaining why these processes are required. 
3 Principles and constructional details of sensing, monitoring and. measuring devices associated with marine equipment.  4 Describe the principles of operation of monitoring and measuring devices associated with marine equipment, giving examples of their use based on an analysis of their characteristics. 
4 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of propulsion transmission systems, including thrust and shaft bearings, stern tubes and propellers.  6.4 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including propulsion transmission systems, including thrust and shaft bearings, stern tubes and propellers; 
5 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of bilge and ballast pumps, pumping and priming systems including pollution prevention equipment and systems.  6.2 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including pumping systems including pollution prevention equipment
6 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of steering and stabilising systems, including bow thrusters.  6.3 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including steering and stabilising systems, including bow thrusters and rudders 
7 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.  6.4 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including Refrigeration and air conditioning systems; 
8 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of fresh water production and conditioning systems.  6.5 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including fresh water production, conditioning and storage systems 
9 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of deck machinery and cargo handling systems.  6.6 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including deck machinery and cargo handling systems 
10a Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of:- Steam boilers, mountings and feed water systems.    Not tested for Motor
10b Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of:- Steam turbines, gearing and lubrication systems, steam distribution systems and associated equipment.   Not tested for Motor
10c Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of:- Auxiliary steam boilers and associated equipment.  12.7 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including auxiliary steam boilers and associated equipment 
10d Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of:- Control and alarm systems associated with automatic operation of marine steam plant.    Not tested for Motor
11 Methods of assessment of power, output and efficiency of steam plant and action to be taken to maintain safe and efficient operation of steam plant.   Not tested for Motor
12 Methods of boiler water testing and conditioning and action to be taken to maintain safe conditions.    Not included in Management Course
13A Marine diesel engines (trunk and crosshead types), gearing systems and clutches.  12.1 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including marine internal combustion engines (medium speed trunk and crosshead types), gearing systems and clutches; 
13B Starting and reversing systems.  12.2 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including: starting and reversing systems 
13C Cooling and lubrication systems.  12.3 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including: cooling, lubrication, fuel and fuel preparation systems 
13d Fuel oil preparation systems.  12.3 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including: cooling, lubrication, fuel and fuel preparation systems 
13e Air compressors, receivers and associated equipment.  6.7 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including air compressors, receivers and associated equipment 
13f Auxiliary diesel engines and associated equipment.  6.8 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of auxiliary systems, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including auxiliary diesel engines and associated equipment; 
13g Control and alarm systems associated with automatic operation of a diesel plant.  12.5 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including: control and alarm systems associated with automatic operation of marine internal combustion plant 
14 Methods of assessment of power output and diesel plant efficiency, and action to be taken to maintain safe and efficient operation of plant.  12.6 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including: methods of assessment of power output and internal combustion plant efficiency, and action to be taken to maintain safe and efficient operation of plant 
15 Methods of testing fuel oil, lubricating oil and cooling water and action to be taken to maintain safe conditions.  12.4 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant, analysing possible faults and explaining their remedy, including: methods of testing fuel oil, lubricating oil and cooling water and action to be taken to maintain safe conditions 
16 Codes of Safe Working Practices as published and amended.  11a of 2E syllabus Knowledge of Codes of Safe Working Practices as published and amended. 
17 Types of information issued by the Department of Transport with respect to Safety at Sea. Expanded to 13.1 of mgmt syllabus 13.1 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including describe information issued by relevant bodies, including IMO, UK MCGA, MAIB, with respect to safety at sea 
18 Codes of Safe Working Practices associated with the carriage of dangerous substances.  12a of 2E Syllabus Knowledge of Codes of Safe Working Practices associated with the carriage of dangerous substances. 
19 Principles involved with the operation, testing and maintenance of plant and equipment specifically for use with dangerous substances.  13.6 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including  explain the principles involved with, and the operation, testing and maintenance of, plant and equipment specifically for use with dangerous substances as cargo 
20 Legal powers and responsibilities of a Chief Engineer.
More specifically elaborated in 14.4, 14.5, 14.6 of mgmt syllabus
14.4 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including compliance with international legislation, class and port state requirements, including consequences of non-compliance 
    14.5 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including ensuring sufficient consumables are available prior to sailing taking into account necessary reserves 
    14.6 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including preparing for, undertaking and securing Bunkering operations taking into account present legislation, statutory duties and protest procedures 
21a Precautions against fires or explosions, explosive mixtures and sources of ignition.  13.2 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including explain precautions against fires or explosions, explosive mixtures and sources of ignition 
21b Principles and methods of fire prevention, detection and extinction in all areas of a ship  13.3 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including explain principles and methods of fire prevention and extinction in all areas of a ship 
21c Principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of fire detection and extinguishing systems.  13.4 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including explain the principles of the operation, and describe the testing and maintenance of, fire detection and extinguishing systems including pumps and associated pumping systems 
21d Principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of fire pumps and associated pumping systems.  13.4 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including explain the principles of the operation, and describe the testing and maintenance of, fire detection and extinguishing systems including pumps and associated pumping systems 
21e Control and organisation of fire and damage control parties.  13.5 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including describe the control and organisation of fire and damage control parties 
22 Principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of automatic control systems and alarm panels.  5 Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of automatic control systems for engineering plant 
23 Organisation and control procedures necessary for the safe and efficient operation in the UMS mode.  13.7 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including explain the organisation and control procedures necessary for the safe and efficient operation in the UMS mode 
24a Principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of Alternators, generators, motors, switch gear and batteries.  7.1 Explain the principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of electrical equipment, including alternators and generators, including excitation, voltage control, load sharing and protection 
24b Principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of AC and DC distribution systems.  7.2 Explain the principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of electrical equipment, including motors, including starting; 
  24a & 24b have been expanded upon into part 7 of mgmt syllabus 7.3 Explain the principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of electrical equipment, including distribution systems, their arrangement and protection of supplies 
    7.4 Explain the principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of electrical equipment, including transformers 
    7.5 Explain the principles of the operation, testing and maintenance of electrical equipment, including batteries 
25 Fault finding and rectification of faults in electrical systems.  8 Describe methods of fault finding, analyse symptoms and suggest methods of rectification of faults in electrical systems 
26 Administration duties of a Chief Engineer associated with Organisation and training of staff for normal and emergency duties.  14.1 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including organisation and training of staff for normal and emergency duties 
26 Administration duties of a Chief Engineer associated with Organisation of temporary and permanent repairs and surveys.  14.2 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including organisation of temporary and permanent repairs and surveys 
26 Administration duties of a Chief Engineer associated with Ensuring ship is in seaworthy condition prior to sailing taking into account nature of voyage.  14.3 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including ensuring ship is in seaworthy condition prior to sailing taking into account nature of voyage 
27 Constructional details of ships.
More precisely defined on 13.8
13.8 Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including describe the constructional details of ships and explain the stresses that the hull is subjected to and the methods of resisting these stresses, fire protection and flood protection; 
28 Dry docking, hull surveys and repairs.  14.7 Explain the legal and administrative responsibilities of a Chief Engineer, including preparing for undertaking and leaving dry dock 
    2 (NEW) Identify cause of failure and describe failure mechanisms and testing of common materials used in marine engineering and ship construction. 
    11 (NEW) Describe the configuration of marine plant using internal combustion engines as power plant.
13.9 (NEW) Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including the source of and problems associated with vibration and noise
13.10 (NEW) Ensure the safety and security of the crew and vessel, including describe the requirements of the International Convention on Load Lines and maintaining conditions of assignment

 

 

 

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