Able Seafarer Engine (ASE) – San Diego, CA

TRLMI’s Able Seafarer-Engine Course provides training required for candidates desiring to obtain a U.S. Coast Guard endorsement as Able Seafarer-Engine (AS-E).  Any person completing the Able Seafarer-Engine course will satisfy the approved training requirements of 46 CFR 12.607(a)(3)(ii);  AND  the competency requirements of 46 CFR 12.607(a)(4) AND be credited for all assessments of the Able Seafarer-Engine in NVIC 18-14 as long as the individual has completed the assessments as a RFPEW.

The USCG requires the following in addition to the training:

  • Meet the requirements of an endorsement as a Rating Forming Part of an Engineering (RFPEW).  It is not necessary to hold the endorsement for RFPEW, but all training, sea service and/or assessments required for RFPEW must be completed before accruing the sea service for AS-E.
  • While qualified as a RFPEW must provide evidence of a minimum of six months (vice the 12 months required without this training) sea service in the engine department.
  • Meet the standard of competence specified in Table A-III/5 of the STCW Code by completing the assessments in Enclosure (2) of NVIC 18-14 which will be demonstrated in this course with the exception of Task numbers 1.1A through 2.2A which are accomplished by completing the endorsement as Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch.
  • Have a current valid Basic Training endorsement (46 CFR 12.602).

Standards of Competence

TRLMI’s USCG Approved 5 day course includes theory and written examinations towards the issuance of a qualified rating on your merchant mariners credential as Able Seafarer-Engine.

Any individual successfully completing the TRLMI Able Seafarer-Engine course of instruction will be credited for all assessments as an Able Seafarer-Engine in NVIC 18-14 as long as the individual has completed the assessments as a RFPEW.

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have the training and have demonstrated practical assessments ensuring successful achievement of the level of competence and knowledge, understanding and proficiency specified in Table A-II/5 of the STCW Code.

The following subjects will be presented:


Knowledge and Function of:

  • Fuel Systems and oil transfer operations
  • Safe function operation and maintenance of the bilge and ballast systems


Safe operation of:

  • Valves and pumps
  • Hoisting and lifting equipment, hatches, watertight door
  • Electrical equipment including emergency procedures


Ability to use:

  • Painting, lubricating and cleaning materials and equipment
  • Surface preparation techniques


Knowledge and safe:

  • Disposal of waste
  • Metal work
  • Operation and safe use of power hand tools
  • Safe handling and securing of stores
  • Precautions to be taken to prevent  pollution of the marine environment
  • Use and operation of anti-pollution equipment
  • Approved methods for disposal of marine pollution
  • Working practices and personal shipboard safety including electrical safety


Working knowledge of safe working practices and personnel shipboard safety including:

  • Electrical safety
  • Lockout/tagout procedures
  • Mechanical safety
  • Permit to work systems
  • Working aloft
  • Working in enclosed spaces
  • Lifting techniques and methods of preventing back injury
  • Chemical and bio hazard safety
  • Personal safety equipment
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