For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
3/C Deck & Engine Fall Training Memo
TO: 3/C Deck & Engine Students
FROM: CDR Huhnke, Director, Mariner Credentialing
SUBJECT: Sophomore STCW Training and Credentialing Fall 2019
Welcome back! The fall of sophomore year is busy for license-track students but we are here to help. Here are a few hints and reminders for you as you embark on your second year.
Cadet Credentialing (MMC)
1. Mandatory Meeting: There will be a mandatory meeting for all 3/C and 2/C deck and engine students on September 12, 2019 at 0700 in Admiral’s Hall. We will go over all of the particulars of the training and credentialing requirements listed in this memo.
2. Mandatory STCW Audits are for all deck and engine sophomores and juniors. Sign up online for your appointment with CDR Huhnke, LT Vacha, or LT Perron. Sophomores should sign up in the fall 2019 semester, and juniors should sign up in the spring 2020 semester. We will review your progress towards licensing, answer questions about training and applications, and give you a running tally on your sea time when you have your appointment.
3. Cadet MMC (Merchant Mariner Credential): All deck and engine students are required to apply for their MMC in the fall of freshman year. You know that you have successfully completed the process when you receive an email from Ms. Cervantes asking you to come to the Mariner Credentialing office to sign your document. If you did not complete the process, then you will also need to attend the 4/C Merchant Mariner Credential meeting for deck and engine cadets on Tuesday, 17 September @ 0700 in Admirals Hall. The complete application packet is due Monday, December 2, 2019. Junior year is too late to turn in your MMC application. Failure to apply now will result in a delay of your commercial shipping and graduation.
4. Medical Certificate: – If you have completed the MMC process, there is no need to have a physical in your sophomore year for licensing purposes.
If you are applying for a cadet credential, however, you will need to submit a valid (less than 1 year old) physical on a USCG 719K form with your MMC application. Health Services offers the physical for a fee of $75. The dates that Health Services will offer physicals are to be determined – check your email, the POD, and television monitors in various buildings on campus for that information to be posted. As an option, you can complete your physical with your own doctor.
5. 3/C Firefighting Practicum (FF-0104): Please see the attached letter regarding fire fighting training.
6.Lifeboatman Certification (also known as LB-0201 and LB-0202): You must register in WebAdvisor for LB-0201 Lifeboatman Qualifications and for LB-0202 Lifeboatman Exam. Schedule a time slot with CAPT Mayhofer to complete your all three quals (Steer by Magnetic Compass, Lifeboat Under Oars, and Lifeboat Launch & Recovery). He will give you details about the exam later in the semester.
7. VPDSD Training (Vessel Security for Persons with Designated Security Duties): This is training that should have been completed in first semester of your freshman year. If you completed this training, you are on track. If you have not, this is a 10-hour course is a requirement for receiving your MMC and for commercial shipping. You can register for either of two dates, October 4/5 or 25/26. Register in Self Service for your preferred dates (search for STCW-VPDSD). The course starts on Friday at 1800 and continues on Saturday 0800 (you must attend Friday AND the Saturday hours and complete the exam in order to be certified).
8. Updated Website: Please read and familiarize yourself with our updated Mariner Credentialing website. There are USCG forms to use for licensing, instructions to assist you with completing them, as well as all of your STCW training requirements to be completed each semester. Start at https://www.maritime.edu/academics and then navigate to Mariner Credentialing in the fourth column to the right of the page. In particular, note “Sophomore Training”.
9. Voicemail and email: My office may attempt to reach you by phone/voicemail when we need a quick response. Make sure that your voicemail message sounds professional – state your name clearly in the message, check messages daily, and delete old messages so that your mailbox does not get full. MMA cadets are also required to check their official email account daily and respond. If I do not receive a message that an email is undeliverable, I am assuming that you have read and understood the message.
Your cooperation and engagement are essential to the smooth execution of this process. If you have any questions, please see me in Harrington Bldg., 2nd Deck., or call me @ 508-830-5071, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also schedule an appointment with me by going to our website, scroll to the middle of the page, and click on Make Appointment with CDR Huhnke.
I look forward to a productive semester!
For a PDF version 3/C Engine & Deck Fall Training
For a PDF version of our Mariner Credentialing Calendar Fall 2019