l Make sure all orders received from the OOD
concerning the operation of the engines are promptly
and properly executed and the Engineering Log and the
Engineers Bell Book are properly kept.
. Immediately execute all emergency orders
concerning the operation of the engines.
l Keep the OOD and the engineer officer informed
of the condition of the main propulsion plant and of the
maximum speed and power available with the boiler and
machinery combinations that are in use.
l Make sure all directives and procedures issued
by higher authority are followed when they concern the
operation of the engineering department machinery.
. Know the power requirements for all possible
operations and determine that the boiler and machinery
combination in use meets current operational
requirements. Advise the engineer officer and the OOD
when the machinery combination should be modified.
Inform the OOD of any necessary changes to the
operation of boilers, main engines, generators, and other
l Supervise the training of the personnel of the
watch during the watch. Carry out operational training
primarily through investigation, demonstration, and
drill while personnel actually perform duties of the
watch. Insist that each person in charge of an
engineering watch station carefully instruct the
personnel under his charge in his specific duties and in
the duties of all persons on the same watch station.
. Report to the OOD for changes in speed and
direction and for requirements of standby power and
other engineering services anticipated or ordered.
Report to the engineer officer for technical control and
matters affecting the administration of the watch.
Perform such other duties as the engineer officer may
When an officer in engineering is under instruction,
his watches should be rotated to give him an
opportunity to serve with all the qualified officers rather
than only one of them. This helps the officer under
instruction develop a more thorough understanding of
the functions and characteristics of the machinery,
equipment, and systems of the engineering plant. Each
EOOW will either be a division officer or one of the
engineer officers assistants and will have a special
knowledge of a different part of the plant.
Figure 1-8 shows the engineering condition IV
watch organization for a typical ship. The structure of
Figure 1-8.A typical condition watch IV engineering watch organization.