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MA ENG (DDE, 3rd/2nd Asst.) 6.5


If purchasing a new computer, ensure it uses x86 architecture and not ARM architecture.  See the system requirements at the bottom of this page.


Price:  $119.99

Mariner Advancement is not required to, and does not, collect sales or use tax for states other than Florida. Under current law, purchases are not tax-exempt merely because a seller is not required to collect. Check with your state for filing and payment requirements.  The following states required the posting of  this notification - Washington State




This software is distributed on USB drives for easy transport between home, school, and work.  No time limits.  No limit on the number of tests.  This software will not lock you out.


3rd & 2nd Asst. Engineer

Module Name

Question Bank Size

Num of Questions on Exam

Passing Score

Q531- Motor Plants I

1059 70 70

Q532- Motor Plants II

70 70

Q533- Gas Turbine Plants

325 70 70

Q534- Eng Safety & Environmental

388 70 70

Q535- General Subjects

1126 70 70

Q536- Electrical, Electronic, Control

681 70 70

Q537- Steam Plants I

789 70 70

Q538- Steam Plants II

70 70


*Motors Only applicants will not need to study Q533 Gas Plants, Q537 Steam I, or Q538 Steam II.

* An applicant who applies for an Original Second Assistant Engineer-Unlimited endorsement based on military service, or experience under a foreign endorsement, shall be administered the examination modules listed above.

*IAW 46 CFR 11.903(c)(9) Applicants raising grade from Third Assistant to Second Assistant Engineer-Unlimited may do so without further examination.


In the Engineering Resources folder are several manuals. The following list of manuals are in pdf format and can be printed or transferred to a portable device:


U.S.N. Damage Controlman

U.S.N. Electricians' Mate

U.S.N. Engineman (Diesel Engines)

U.S.N. Fireman (Basic Marine Engineering)

U.S.N. Fluid Power

U.S.N. Machinery Repairman

U.S.N. Electronics Training Module 1

U.S.N. Electronics Training Module 2

U.S.N. Electronics Training Module 3

U.S.N. Electronics Training Module 4

U.S.N. Electronics Training Module 5

U.S.N. Tools and Their Uses

NAVEDTRA 14111 - Gas Turbine

NAVEDTRA 14113 - Gas Turbine Systems Technician Vol I

NAVEDTRA 14114 - Gas Turbine Systems Technician Vol 2

Marine Fire and Safety

Mariner Advancement provides explanations for refrigeration graphs, vernier calibers, electrical problems, barge displacement problems and more. Currently, the additional content covers the electrical, general, and motor sections.  Not all of the exam questions have this feature.  We will continue to add additional content in the future.  Any new additions will be available as free updates for at least one year from purchase; these updates will be downloadable from our updates navigation bar at the top of this web page.  

See Products for screen shots and general information or download the latest manual to see all of the features available.  See warranty and shipping and sales tax information.

The Mariner Advancement testing application provides...

  • a reference for the USCG book, question, and illustration number.
  • USCG illustrations and Internet links to new or additional illustrations when available.
  • the ability to revisit previously answered test questions during the test.
  • the option to display all answer choices or only display the correct answer.
  • the ability to tag questions while testing and the ability to revisit the tagged questions through the tag question menu. 
  • a choice to the number of questions per test.
  • a full search utility of all questions and illustrations.
  • a feature that temporarily removes correctly answered questions from the question bank, allowing the user to focus on the more difficult questions rather than wasting time reviewing questions they already know.  The user may reset the question bank at any time, restoring the removed questions.
  • a speech synthesizer that is capable of reading the  current question or the entire test.
  • preview screens, which reduces study time by allowing the user to determine if they need to take the time to load the explanation or illustration in full screen mode.
  • the ability to take exams over and over with no time restraints, valid per user agreement.
  • one year of free updates.
  • distribution on a USB drive so you can take it with you.  Study on your vessels computer and study at home.  
  • compatibility with most PCs with a USB port.  Please check system requirements below.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows™ Version 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 with x86 architecture such as Intel or AMD processor.  Not compatible with Microsoft Windows with ARM processor, Windows RT™, Surface Pro X., or Chromebook. If purchasing a new computer, ensure it uses x86 architecture and not ARM architecture.
  • Latest version of Adobe® Reader® for Desktop (available for free online from Adobe®)
  • 1.0 GHz CPU, 2 GB RAM

  • 2.0 and 3.0 USB support

  • Mouse, compatible pointing device, or touch screen.

  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution

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