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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Chief Engineers Log Advancement - Chief Engineers Log

While he was President of MMA, the late RADM Maurice J. Bresnahan, Jr. USN (Ret.) '59 proposed that Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduates who had attained a USCG Chief Engineer license be recognized on campus.

A small group of Chief Engineers, Dennis Doherty ‘60, Gus Bourneuf ’61, and Gus Forand ’65, along with Academy staff, Brad Lima ’74, George Gillis ’64 and Trudy Avery, moved this initiative forward.
Today, the remarkable Chief Engineers Log hangs in the newly designated Engineer’s Alley on the first floor of Bresnahan Hall. A minimum donation of $500.00 is requested of those who wish to have their names and year of graduation affixed to the plaque. These philanthropic gifts help support the engineering program at MMA. To date, the committee has raised over $25,000!
The first project funded by this initiative helped secure equipment for the Motor Control Lab aboard the T.S. Kennedy. The lab was spearheaded by LCDR Alan Gillis. The system consists of three single phase 120 volt reversible motor controllers with 12 volt relays and small, low horsepower motors. Each of the three stations has independent disconnects complete with lock out, tag out capabilities. All controls are in independent National Electrical Manufacturers Association approved enclosures. The complete motor controls labs have no exposed wiring, such that each lab will simulate a true motor control application. Engineering cadets, as direct beneficiaries of the Chief Engineers’ kindness, will learn proper electrical safety as well as wiring systems.
We encourage MMA’s Chief Engineer alumni to join us in this initiative and pass the word with shipmates.

All Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduates whose license reads CHIEF ENGINEER, regardless of HP or restrictions, active or expired.  

For further information, please contact Trudy Avery at (508) 830-5045 or

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