The Engineering Knowledge Level I (EKI) examination consists of a written test comprising multiple-choice, descriptive and drawing questions. The examination is of a two hours duration. The Engineering Knowledge Level II exam may be substituted for EK 1 at the applicant’s request. The examination is based upon:
|Competence||Operate Small Ship Power Plants|
|The operation of small ship power plants and auxiliaries||Operating principles of Marine power plants:|
Diesel engines 2-stroke diesel cycle; 4-stroke diesel cycle; The cause of scavenge fires and how they are dealt with; Methods of supercharging; The fuel oil system from bunker tank to injection; The lubrication system; Engine cooling water system; The advantages and disadvantages of a medium speed diesel; The need for gearing with medium-speed diesels; The arrangement of clutch and gears; Preparing diesel engine for stand-by; The method of starting and reversing a diesel engine;Propeller and propeller shaft
Knowledge of construction and arrangement of a water-lubricated and oil-lubricated type stern tube; Major components of transmission systems; Construction and working principles of a thrust block; Construction and working principles of a shaft bearing; Arrangement of intermediate shafts; Construction and fitting arrangement of a fixed propeller to the tail shaft; Working principles of a controllable pitch propeller. Knowledge of the method of checking the pitch of a propeller; How the propeller transfers shaft power into thrust; Relationship between pitch and power; Operation of a typical CPP system.
Ship’s auxiliary machinery:
Distillation and Fresh-water Systems:
Pumps and Pumping system
|The operation of small ship power plants and auxiliaries||Generators, Alternators and Electrical distribution|
Operation of an alternator; Functioning of induction motors; The relative advantages and disadvantages of generation and distribution of D.C. and A.C.; D.C. and A.C. distribution systems; The use of circuit breakers and fuses; Ability to draw and describe a navigation light circuit with indicators and alarm, showing an alternative power supply; The use of rectifiers; The characteristics of lead-acid batteries and of alkaline batteries; The maintenance of batteries; Safety precautions; The safety precautions to be observed for battery compartments; The services to be supplied from the emergency generator; Knowledge of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for computer and control system, operation and preventive maintenance. Stabilizers Construction and operation of fin stabilizers; Arrangement and operation of a flume stabilizer.Sewage Treatment Plants
Operation of a chemical sewage treatment plant; Operation of a biological sewage treatment plant.Oily-water separators and oil filtering equipment
Construction and operation of oil filtering equipment (producing effluent that contains not more than 15 ppm / 5 ppm of oil); How an oil-content meter functions; Oil discharge monitoring and control system.
|The operation of small ship power plants and auxiliaries||Fire Detection and extinguishing system|
Knowledge of smoke and heat detectors; Fire extinguishing systems; Inert-gas smothering system;
CO2 as a fire smothering agent, rules and regulations for operation of CO2 system, CO2 flooding system for cargo holds, CO2 total flooding system for machinery space, CO2 activation alarm system, bulk CO2 system under refrigeration; Fire extinguishing mediums, when and how to use them; Fire alarms, manually operated, fire alarm switches, shut off machinery spaces, remote stations; Emergency shut off device on fuel tanks; Main fire pumps, emergency fire pumps; Fire mains, valve used on a hydrant; Purpose of international shore connection; Hydrants and hoses; Reasons why hoses are tested.Depth measuring instruments
Knowledge of pneumercator gauge, float tank gauge, distant reading tank float gauge; Effects of trim and heelVessels operating in ice
Knowledge of machinery operation considerations when navigating in ice and in cold temperatures below freezing point
Unlike other exams, study materials are not permitted.
Reeds Marine Engineering Series
This series of books is an excellent and thorough guide to marine engineering. Not every volume is applicable to this exam, however. These are available in softcover and are the latest edition.
Volume 1: Mathematics for Engineers
Volume 2: Applied Mechanics for Engineers
Volume 3: Applied Heat for Engineers
Volume 6: Basic Electrotechnology for Engineers
Volume 7: Advanced Electrotechnology for Engineers
Volume 8: General Engineering Knowledge
Volume 9: Steam Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers
Volume 10: Instrumentation and Control Systems
Volume 12: Motor Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers
Volume 13: Ship Stability, Powering and Resistance
Engineering Knowledge (Motor) for Marine Engineers Questions & Answers
Part I and Part II
Written by a marine engineer, for the marine engineer, this book contains a collection of questions and answers for the written paper on Engineering Knowledge (Motor) including cooling, starting and reversing, governor overspeed trip and much more. Very helpful for those preparing for the certificate of competency examination
A Pocket Book of Marine Engineering: Questions and Answers
Available as Softcover and Ebook
The bold headings make it easy to locate a particular topic, and the clear and concise answers are ideal for revision and self-testing purposes. Covers Safety; Materials; Auxiliary machinery; Engine room systems; Ship construction; Steering gear; Shafting; Electrical; Electrical protection; Electrical safety; Instrumentation and control; Diesel engine theory and structure; Fuel systems; Combustion; Librication; Starting and manoeuvring safety; Boilers.
The Diesel Engines: For Ship Propulsion and Power Plants
2nd ed. A two-volume book on diesel engines intended for all who work with diesel engines for maritime propulsion and power generation. Volume I covers history, standard figurations, fuel-delivery systems, lubrication, air supply, speed control, noise, vibration, and main uses. Volume II covers ship propulsion, transmissions, manufacturers, emission issues, fuel calculation, auxiliary systems, reconditioning, maintenance and repairs, casting and forging engine parts, propellers, regulations, and more.