Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED)

Awkward title, important job.

education requirements

HS/GED and Certification

expected salary range

$60K to $200K

training area


Helps senior engineers maintain and repair engine room, fireroom, machine ship, ice-machine room, and steering/engine-room equipment – in other words, all parts of the ship. Also known as an Unlicensed Junior Engineer, a QMED is a senior unlicensed crewmember in the engine room of a ship – an exciting start to a marine engineering career onboard ships.

Here’s what you need:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Industry training certification required

Here’s where you get it:

Advanced Fire FightingUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Basic MeteorologyAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training RevalidationAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Basic Training RefresherUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
First Aid/CPR/AED MarinerUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
Intro to Nautical SkillsAVTEC – SewardNoAVTEC12 weeks
Junior Engineer QMEDAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG12 weeks
Rating Forming Part Of An Engineering WatchAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG Certification5 Days
Marine TransportationUAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG2-3 years
Marine TransportationUAS Ketchikan CampusOECUSCG1 year
Methods of InstructionAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG9 days
Proficiency in Survival CraftAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Proficiency in Survival CraftUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 week
QMED OilerUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG12 weeks
TankshipAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
QMEDAlaska Maritime Apprenticeship ProgramNoVariesVaries

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