Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)

QMED is responsible for working in the engine department of a vessel. These positions can exist on any type of vessel.

There are different ratings of QMEDs, the highest being QMED- Any Rating; other QMED ratings are:

QMED – Electrician/Refrigerating Engineer
QMED- Junior Engineer|

While holding a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), an QMED is considered an unlicensed, experienced assistant engineer type position.

As an QMED earns “Seatime” in combination with the required training, a QMED can upgrade their MMC to a different or higher rating of QMED, or a Designated Duty Engineer License.

An QMED may perform many duties such as:

(Example only)
Ship maintenance
Engine Maintance
Machinery Repairs
Assist the Chief Engineer
To view the minimum requirements to acquire this Merchant Mariner Credential Rating please visit the National Maritime Center website for the most up to date info.

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