This six-week course is designed to give the licensed engineer a working knowledge of the theory, construction, operation, maintenance, and casualty control of marine steam propulsion power plants.

Topics covered include: general steam principles, steam generation, turbine construction and operation, boiler feed water systems, water chemistry, and combustion control systems. Field trips to operating steam vessels are included in this course. These field trips include one overnight trip to the SS John Brown where students are required to stand watch.

Note: This course is not available to members holding a valid license as Chief Engineer, Steam Vessels of any HP.

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students should bring work clothes appropriate for working in an engine room environment. Safety shoes are recommended and eye protection will be made available. Field trips will require day travel; presentable attire required. One over night field trip will require clothes appropriate for working in an active steam engineering room environment.

USCG Approval: Any applicant successfully completing the Steam Engineering course will either:

a) Satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.502(b)(4) for adding a steam endorsement equivalent to the same level of the motor license held at the time they attended the course.  Applicants will be required to successfully complete the appropriate examinations for adding the steam endorsement; OR

b) Be credited with 70 days sea service towards a raise in grade of their existing steam license, as per 46 CFR 10.304(a).




The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School is a private maritime educational facility for training members of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, as well as all maritime and related industry professionals.


To provide each of today's professional marine engineers, deck officers, and related industry professionals with internationally recognized, state of the art training and experience that enhances the safety, reliability, and profitability of their vessels and equipment, while preserving and protecting the natural environment.