Check the job orders completed during the last
Check the status of authorized alterations and
outstanding shipyard and tender or repair shops
Observe the actions of watch personnel during
Check feedwater and fuel consumption.
Inspect and observe operation of the damage
control battle organization.
Inventory damage control lockers.
Check the routine for handling correspondence
and note any outstanding correspondence
Check the status of required engineering
exercises to determine outstanding requirements.
Inspect engineering department ship operations.
The relieving officer should review the personnel
records of engineering department personnel as to the
number assigned, their qualifications, and their
assignments. He should inspect all personnel of the
department at quarters at least one time before effecting
relief. He must include a statement in his relieving letter
as to whether enough qualified engineering department
personnel are on board and list any shortages.
Before relieving the engineer officer, the relieving
officer should determine whether all required logs,
records, publications, and reports are being maintained
and are correct, complete, and up to date. He should
note any discrepancies in the engineer officers
To determine the amount and condition of the
equipage and supplies in the custody of the engineer
officer, the relieving officer must inspect outstanding
requisitions of the engineering department and inspect
inventory, storage, and preservation of engineering
storerooms and toolrooms. After conducting an
inventory of accountable equipment in the custody of
the engineer officer, the relieving officer signs the
necessary custody cards. The officer being relieved
must prepare surveys on all missing accountable
Circumstances may prevent the engineer officer
and his relief from making a joint inspection and report.
When this occurs, the relieving officer must make the
inspection as soon as possible and submit his report to
the CO within 20 days after taking charge of the
The relieved engineer officer sends the CO a letter
that reports the relief and the conditions existing in the
engineering department. He sends it via the relieving
officer, who endorses it after he agrees that it contains
no omissions or exceptions. The relieving officer
should make sure the condition of the department as
stated in the relieving letter reflects the actual
conditions. If they do not, he may be embarrassed when
the CO requires an explanation of an engineering
casualty or other unusual condition.
The engineer officer is responsible for the
operation, care, and maintenance of the ships main
propulsion plant, electric power plant, auxiliary
machinery, piping systems, and interior communica-
tions systems; for the control of damage; and for repairs
to the ships hull. When requested by the head of the
department concerned, the engineer officer may
become responsible for the repairs of material and
equipment that are beyond the capacity of the personnel
or equipment in other departments but within the
capacity of the engineering department.
As an example of a specific duty, the engineer
officer must keep himself fully acquainted with the
general condition of each boiler and the manner in
which it is being operated and maintained. He should
make periodic inspections for that purpose.
The engineer officer must assure himself that idle
boilers are properly laid up at all times, that, while
steaming, fuel oil is free of seawater, and that feedwater
is within prescribed limits.
He must be sure all parts of the boiler are carefully
examined whenever they are exposed for cleaning and
overhaul. The conditions observed must be described in
the boilerwater treatment log and the engineering log.
All unusual cases of boiler damage or deterioration
discovered at any time should be reported to the
TYCOM. If the damage is important enough, or if the
ship needs technical assistance from the Naval Sea
Systems Command (NAVSEASYSCOM), a copy of
the correspondence should be forwarded to
The Assistants to the Engineer Officer
The engineer officer is assigned assistants as may
be required for damage control, main propulsion,