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Competent Body For Vocational Training Of Ship Mechanic


List of contents

I. Vocational training of ship mechanic

  1. Definitions of vocational training
  2. Dual system of vocational training
  3. Regulations for vocational training of ship mechanic
  4. Competent body for maritime vocational training
  5. Vocational training contract
  6. Suitability of training ships and qualifications of training officers
  7. Profile of training occupation of ship mechanic
  8. Overall training plan and in-company training plan
  9. Interim Examination
  10. Final Examination
  11. Certificates and documents


II. Practical training and seagoing service as assistant navigating officer

  1. Guidelines
  2. Summary of training program for assistants navigating officer
  3. Other forms of practical training and seagoing service

III. Practical training and seagoing service as assistant engineer officer

  1. Guidelines
  2. Summary of training program for assistants engineer officer
  3. Other forms of practical training and seagoing service

Annex

  • Graph 1: Training and education for officers in charge of a navigational watch and masters on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more.
  • Graph 2: Training and education for officers in charge of an engineering watch and chief engineer officers on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more.
I. Vocational training of ship mechanic

1 . Definitions of vocational training


The vocational training in the merchant marine of the Federal Republic of Germany can be compared to the vocational training system of other training occupations ashore, but it takes into consideration the special requirements on board sea-going ships.
The expression "vocational training" means vocational training or initial training, further training or continuing training and re-training.


Vocational training of ship mechanic

The object of vocational training shall be to provide, through a systematic training program, a broadly conceived basic preparation for an occupation and the neces-sary technical abilities and knowledge to engage in a skilled form of occupational activity. Vocational training, for instance vocational training of ship mechanic, shall also enable a trainee to acquire the necessary occupational experience. Among other things ship mechanics meet the requirements for ratings forming part of a navigational watch (section A-II/4 of the STCW Code), or ratings forming part of a watch in a manned or period unmanned engine-room (section A-III/4 of the STCW Code).

Further training at nautical and marine engineering training institutions

Further training shall be designed to enable a trainee to maintain or extend his vocational knowledge and abilities, adapt himself to technical developments or obtain promotion in his chosen occupation. Maritime further training shall be provided at nautical and marine engineering training institutions. In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer (Schiffsoffizier-Ausbildungsverordnung) the candidate for certification of officer in charge of a navigational or an engineering watch shall successfully pass the final examination of ship mechanic. Further training being based on the initial training of ship mechanic shall be designed to qualify ship mechanics for an occupational activity as -officer in charge of a navigational watch (section A-II/1 of the STCW Code); or -officer in charge of an engineering watch (section A-III/1 of the STCW Code).

2. Dual system of vocational training

A characteristic of vocational training in Germany is the dual system of vocational training. Vocational training is carried out at learning locations in training compa-nies or suitable institutions outside the training companies and in vocational schools.
Different training directives apply to the places of learning. The training regu-lations for vocational training including the overall training plan or skeleton curricula for training are the basis for company training or in-plant training. The skeleton syllabus for vocational schooling is the basis for teaching at vocational schools. The Overall training plan and skeleton syllabus shall be harmonized.

Dual system of the vocational training of ship mechanic

Also trainees in the training occupation of ship mechanic obtain their vocational training in accordance to the principle of the dual system. Practical vocational training takes place predominantly on board recognized training ships but also in suitable training institutions ashore. Theoretical vocational training and general education are centered in maritime vocational schools.

There are 3 courses of vocational schooling within the training period of 3 years each lasting 10 weeks: the first one at the beginning, the second about half way through the entire training period and the third at the end of the vocational training. Between these courses there are two periods of shipboard training of 15 months each. Both sides of the dual system are in step with each other.

3. Regulations for the vocational training of ship mechanic


The Training Regulations for the Vocational Training of Ship Mechanic (Schiffsmechaniker-Ausbildungsverordnung) specify

  • recognition of the training occupation ship mechanic;
  • register of vocational training relationships;
  • suitability of recognized training ships;
  • personal qualifications of the training employer;
  • personal and technical qualifications of the training officer;
  • basic vocational -training outside the training ship;
  • duration of vocational training: the duration shall not be more than 3 years and less than 2,5 years;
  • occupational description respectively profiles of training occupation: the abilities and knowledge to be imparted in the course of training;
  • overall training plan: an outline of the syllabus and timetable to be followed for the purpose of imparting the relevant abilities and knowledge;
  • in-company training plan being based on the overall training plan and in accordance with the training record book (section II/1 and III/1 of the STCW Code);
  • certificate containing particulars of abilities and knowledge acquired by the trainee;
  • examination rules for examinations and issue of the Certificate of Ship Mechanic.

Other regulations for vocational training of ship mechanic

Other regulations for vocational training of ship mechanic are the followings:
  • Vocational training contract
  • Guidelines for Practical Vocational Training in Metalworking (in accordance with section 5 of the Training Regulations for Vocational Training of Ship Me-chanic and section III/4 and III/1 of the STCW Code);
  • Guidelines for Practical Vocational Training in Fire Protection and Rescue (in accordance with section 5 of the Training Regulations for Vocational Train-ing of Ship Mechanic and section VI/1 of the STCW Code).

4. Competent body of maritime vocational training

In accordance with the Training Regulations for Vocational Training of Ship Mechanic the competent body of maritime vocational training is the "Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschiffahrt e.V.". The competent authorities tasks and duties are:
  • supervising and giving advice on the provision of shipboard training as an essential part of vocational training of ship mechanic;
  • supervising and giving advice on the provision of further training;
  • supervising and giving advice on the provision of practical training and sea-going service as assistant officer;
  • organizing and supervising of interim and final examinations;
  • instituting und maintaining a register of vocational training relationships;
  • informing about all the regulations and facts concerning maritime vocational training;
  • co-ordinating the arrangements and regulations of maritime vocational trai-ning.
The members of the competent body are the following ones:
  • the Ministries of Transport, Labour and Education and Science of the Federal Republic of Germany;
  • the competent authorities of the Coastal Countries of the Federal Republic of Germany: Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein;
  • the ship-owners federation;
  • the seafarers' unions.
There are two honorary chairmen elected by the members for a period of three years. The first represents the ship-owners federation, the second the seafarers' unions. The Office is located in Bremen and it is managed by a secretary.

5. Vocational training contract

The vocational training contract between the training employer and the trainee contains the following particulars:
  • the commence and the duration of training;
  • training program respectively in-plant training plan to be followed on board the training ship;
  • training programs to be followed outside the training ship, in particular practical training in metalworking and in fire protection and rescue;
  • the length of the normal daily hours of training;
  • the length of the period of probation;
  • the payment of remuneration and the rate to be applied;
  • the amount of leave;
  • the conditions in which notice may given of the termination of the contract;
  • obligations of the trainee: in particular the trainee shall try to acquire the abilities and knowledge;
  • obligations of the training employer: in particular the training employer shall establish an in-company training plan, give the training himself or entrust it to a training officer and apply to have the contract entered in the register as soon as the contract is concluded.

6. Suitability of training ships and qualifications of training officers

According to section 4 of the Training Regulations for the Vocational Training of Ship Mechanic suitable training ships shall be recognized by the Competent Body for Vocational Training of Ship Mechanic.

A person or a company shall not engaged trainees unless
  • the person has the necessary personal qualifications;
  • 2 German speaking training officers
  • the nature and equipment of the training ship are suitable for the vocational training of ship mechanic;
  • the ratio between the number of the trainees and the number of skilled staff is appropriate;
  • the training officers has the necessary personal and technical qualifications of instructional techniques and of training methods and practice.
  • Independent of flag, but the flag state has to agree
The competent body for maritime vocational training shall satisfy itself that the training employer and the training officer have the necessary personal and technical qualifications and that the training ships are suitable. Where shortcomings are discovered, the competent body shall order the training employer to remedy within such time it may specify. If no remedy is possible, the competent body shall inform the Ministry of Transport.

7. Profiles of the training occupation of ship mechanic

The profiles of the training occupation (section 8 of the Training Regulations) specify the themes and subjects which make up the contents of training and lay down the rough objectives of training in summarized and concise form. The relevant training contents are listed in the overall training plan for training alongside the items of training occupation profiles (section 9 and annex 1 of the Training Regulations). They describe the objectives of company training respectively shipboard training and are the point of departure for working out an in-company training plan (section 10 of Training Regulations). The profiles of the training occupation are structured relatively roughly compared to the far more detailed overall training plan and the in-company training plan. The profiles of training occupation of ship mechanic and the overall training plan were revised in accordance with the STCW Code.

8. Overall training plan and in-company training plan

Establishing an in-company training plan is a requirement for providing in-company training (section 10 of the Training Regulations). The overall training plan describes training contents in the form of learning goals, and these have to be translated into concrete assignments for the actual shipboard training. The in-company training plan shall be part of the initial training contract.

According to STCW Code and to section 10 of the Training Regulations the in-company training plan shall be laid out in such a way that it can provide detailed information about the assignments, tasks and duties on board ships for covering the various training contents. Duly completed by the training officer among other things the in-company training plan is evidence that a structured program of an on-board training has been completed.

9. Interim Examination

At the beginning of the second year of training a trainee shall be given an interim examination in accordance with the Training Regulations and· the overall training plan to ascertain the level he has reached. The results of the interim examination have no consequences for the status or continuation of training.

The interim examination consists of a practical part of 7 hours and a written part of 4 hours. The practical part covers the training contents of the first year of training; the written part concentrates on the material taught in the first and second course at the vocational school.

The trainees can get following certificates:
  • certificate familiarization, basic safety training and instruction for all seafarers
  • certificate of proficiency in survival craft and recue boats an other than fast recue boats
  • certificate for ratings forming part of a navigational watch and engine-watch

10. Final examination

According to the Training Regulation the final examination of ship mechanic covers all the respective contents of the overall training plan, the contents up to the interim examination as well, and the material covered at the vocational school provided it is relevant for the initial vocational training of ship mechanic. In the final examination the examinee is expected to prove that he is able to carry out a qualified occupational activity as ship mechanic which incorporates self-reliant planning, carrying out and controlling. The final examination of ship mechanic is divided into a practical and a written part as is the interim examination

Practical part of the final examination

In the practical part the examinee must produce 3 examination pieces in 9 hours at most and prepare 5 work samples in 5 hours at most.
Examination pieces in particular are:
  • dismantling and assembling structural members, constructural groups and systems;
  • repairing structural members and constructural groups, metal working;
  • reading off and control data of machine operation.
Work samples in particular are:
  • handling and control marine engines an plants;
  • carrying out duties and tasks of a navigational watch;
  • carrying out works of cargo lashing;
  • carrying out provisions of fire protection including handling fire-extinguishing equipments and fire protection appliances;
  • carrying out provisions of rescue including handling survival crafts, rescue boats and other live-saving appliances and installations.

Written part of the final examination

The written final examination should take a total of 6 hours at most. It is divided into the following subjects:
  • technologies of metalworking and machines (90 minutes);
  • navigational watch, engine-room watch, machine operation (90 minutes);
  • technical of cargo-handling (60 minutes);
  • fire prevention, fire protection, fire-fighting, rescue service (60 minutes);
  • labour and social law (60 minutes).

Oral examination

If necessary, the written examination may be supplemented in individual subjects by an oral examination. This is left to the discretion of the examination committee or can be applied for by the examinee. The condition for admission to the oral ex-amination is that the examinee would otherwise fail the final examination. The written examination carries double the weight of the oral examination.

11. Certificates and documents

In accordance with the Training Regulations the provision of vocational training of ship mechanic shall be proved by the following certificates and documents:
  • certificates relating training outside the training ship in metalworking, in fire protection and fire-fighting and in rescue service (section 5 of the Training Regulations);
  • in-company training plan in form of the training record book according to the STCW Regulations kept by the training officer (section 10 of the Training Regulations);
  • training record book according to the Training Regulations kept by the trainee (section 11 of the Training Regulations);
  • certificate signed by the training employer and the training officer containing particulars of the nature and length of training and of the abilities and knowledge acquired by the trainee (section 12 of the Training Regulations);
  • certificate of interim examination (section 13 of the Training Regulations);
  • certificates relating proficiency in survival crafts and rescue boats and in fire protection and fire-fighting in accordance with the STCW Code- section VI/1 and VI/ 2 (section 13 of the Training Regulations);
  • certificate of final examination of ship mechanic (section 14 of the Training Regulations);
  • certificate relating to medical first aid in accordance with the STCW Code section VI/ 4 (section 9 and annex 1 of the Training Regulations);
  • Certificate of Ship Mechanic (section 31 and annex 3 of the Training Regulations);

II. Practical training and seagoing service as assistant navigating officer

1. Guidelines

In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer (Schiffsoffizier-Ausbildungsverordnung) and section II/1 of the STCW Code the candidate for certification of officer in charge of a navigational watch shall finish an approved practical training and seagoing service as assistant navigating officer. The basis of the practical training is the Guidelines for the Practical Training and Seagoing Service as Assistant Navigating Officer. These guidelines specify
  • duration and purpose of practical training;
  • provision of practical shipboard training;
  • practical training at suitable training institutions ashore in fire protection and firefighting and in rescue service;
  • training record book kept by the assistant navigating officer;
  • training record book kept by the training officer; signing on as assistant navigating officer;
  • certificate about duly provision of practical training.

Duration and purpose of practical training

The period of practical training as assistant navigating officer shall not be less than 12 months, at least 6 months of that before the beginning of studies at degree granting colleges of higher education. The purpose of practical training shall be acquiring and imparting the necessary abilities and knowledge in the following areas of training contents:
  • labour and tariff law, labour protection, environmental protection;
  • fire protection and fire-fighting, rescue service;
  • administration;
  • tasks and duties of a navigational watch;
  • cargo handling.

Provision of practical training

The practical shipboard training shall be organized and conducted by a training officer according to the training program (annex of the Guidelines). The nature and equipment of the ship shall be suitable for the practical training of assistants navigating officer. The training officer shall be appropriately qualified and experienced for the practical training. A practical training of 2 weeks in fire protection and fire-fighting and in rescue service shall be provided at suitable training institutions ashore (STCW Code section VI/1).

Training record book

In accordance with section II/1 of the STCW Regulations the practical training shall be documented by a training record book kept and signed by the training officer and verified by the master. In addition to that the assistant navigating officer shall keep a training record book containing the daily performed tasks and duties.

Certification of duly provision of practical training

In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer the competent body (Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschiffahrt e. V.) shall certify the duly completion of the practical training. For issuing the certificate the assistant navigating officer shall present to the competent body the following documents and certificates:
  • the certificate for signing on as assistant navigating officer;
  • the training record book kept by the training officer;
  • the training record book kept by the assistant navigating officer; a certificate of the practical training in fire protection and fire-fighting and in rescue service at suitable training institutions ashore;
  • the sailor's registration book.

2. Summary of the training program for assistants navigating officer

The training program for assistants navigating officer (annex of the Guidelines) describes the necessary abilities, knowledge and tasks and duties performed by the assistant. The training program is the most important part of the training record book kept by the training officer (section II/1 of the STCW Code).

3. Other forms of practical training and seagoing service


In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer the practical training and seagoing service as assistant navigating officer may be provided in form of -two courses/semesters of practical training being part of maritime training and education at degree-granting colleges of higher education.


III. Practical training and seagoing service as assistant engineer officer

1. Guidelines

In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer (Schiffsoffizier-Ausbildungsverordnung) and section 111/1 of the STCW Code the candidate for certification of officer in charge of an engineering watch shall finish an approved practical training and seagoing service as assistant engineer officer. The basis of the practical training is the Guidelines for the Practical Training and Seagoing Service as Assistant Engineer Officer. These Guidelines specify
  • duration and purpose of practical training;
  • provision of practical shipboard training;
  • practical training at suitable training institutions ashore in fire protection and fire-fighting and in rescue service;
  • practical training at suitable training institutions ashore in metalworking;
  • training record book kept by the assistant engineer officer;
  • training record book kept by the training officer;
  • signing on as assistant engineer officer;
  • certificate about duly provision of practical training.

Duration and purpose of practical training

The period of practical training as assistant engineer officer shall not be less than 18 months, at least 12 months of that before the beginning of studies at degree-granting colleges of higher education. The purpose of practical training shall be acquiring and imparting the necessary abilities and knowledge in the following areas of training contents:
  • labour and tariff law, labour protection, environmental protection;
  • fire protection and fire-fighting, rescue service;
  • administration;
  • metalworking; repairing marine engines and plants;
  • handling, operating and controlling marine engines and plants.

Provision of practical training

The practical shipboard training shall be organized and conducted by a training officer according to the training program (annex of the Guidelines). The nature and equipment of the ship shall be suitable for the practical training of assistants engineer officer. The training officer shall be appropriately qualified and experienced for the practical training. A practical training shall be provided at suitable training institutions ashore namely:
  • practical training of 2 weeks in fire protection, fire-fighting and rescue service (STCW Code section VI/1);
  • practical training of 7 weeks in metalworking (STCW Code section III/4 and III/1).

Training record book

In accordance with section III/1 of the STCW Code the practical training shall be documented by a training record book kept and signed by the training officer and verified by the chief engineer officer. In addition to that the assistant engineer officer shall keep a training record book containing the daily performed tasks and duties.

Certification of duly provision of practical training

In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer the competent body (Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschiffahrt e. V.) shall certify the duly completion of the practical trai-ning. For issuing the certificate the assistant engineer officer shall present to the competent body the following documents and certificates:
  • the certificate for signing on as assistant engineer officer;
  • the training record book kept by the training officer; .
  • the training record book kept by the assistant engineer officer;
  • a certificate of the practical training in fire protection and fire-fighting and in rescue service at suitable training institutions ashore;
  • a certificate of practical training in metalworking at suitable training institutions ashore;
  • the sailor's registration book.

2. Summary of the training program for assistants engineer officer

The training program for assistants engineer officer (annex of the Guidelines) describes the necessary abilities and knowledge and tasks and duties performed by the assistant. The training program is the most important part of the training record book kept by the training officer (section III/1 of the STCW Regulations).

3. Other forms of practical training and seagoing service


In accordance with the Training Regulations for Maritime Training and Education of Navigating Officer and Engineer Officer the practical training and seagoing service as assistant engineer officer may be provided in form of three courses/semesters of practical training being part of maritime training and education at degree-granting colleges of higher education.

Persons with a final examination in a vocational training in metalworking and electrical occupations have at least 12 months practical training and seagoing service as assistant engineer officer.

 

STCW Code Regulations VI/1- II/4 & III/4- II/1 & III/1


Training Regulations for Vocational Training of Ship Mechanic


Skeleton Syllabus for Maritime Vocational Schooling in the Training Occupation of Ship Mechanic

Guideline for the Recognition of Ships as Suitable Training Ships

 

Vocational Training Contract and In-company Training Plan

 

Guidelines for Practical Training in Fire Protection and Rescue at suitable Training Institutions Ashore

 

Guidelines for Basic Practical Training in Metalworking at suitable Training Institutions Ashore

 

Guidelines for Practical Training and Seagoing Service as Assistant Navigating Officer and Assistant Engineer Officer

 

 

 

 

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