The First Assistant Engineer of Steam, Motor and/or Gas-Turbine vessels credential allows its holder to act as First Assistant, Second Assistant, Third Assistant on a vessel of any horsepower within the propulsion limitation on the license.
The minimum service required to qualify an applicant for license as first assistant engineer of steam and/or motor vessels is one year of service as an assistant engineer, while holding a license as second assistant engineer.
For all original and raise of grade of engineer endorsements, at least one-third of the minimum service requirements must have been obtained on the particular mode of propulsion for which applied.
To add a propulsion mode (steam or motor) to an endorsement, the following alternative methods are available to the mariner holding a license or MMC officer endorsement in that grade:
This MMC endorsement may be endorsed as limited to serve on vessels without auxiliary boilers, waste-heat boilers or distilling plants. An applicant may qualify for removal of any of these limitations by completing Coast Guard-approved or -accepted training.
The examination for the First Assistant is described in the Deck Examination Guide Section 188.8.131.52.