Qmed Jobs on Cruise Ships

“QMED” stands for “Qualified Member of the Engine Department.” QMEDs main duties are to maintain and repair all aspects of engine rooms, firerooms, machine shops, steering-engine room equipment, and the ice-machine room. These professional crewmembers also inspect condensers, turbines, pumps, and distilling plants. They also help prepare records that keep track of the condition of parts and equipment.

To become a QMED in the U.S., you must obtain a Merchant Mariner’s Document issued by the U.S. Coast Guard along with a QMED certification. The Maritime Professional Training Masters, Mates, & Engineers, Inc., offers the following information about QMEDs, training and procedures:

“What the Able Seaman is to the deck department, the QMED is to the engineering department. It is a merchant mariners document endorsed for a specified qualified rating. QMED documents are required of a certain number of the engine department crew on every inspected vessel. QMED is also the entry level (starting point) for any merchant Engineering License. QMED’s are not restricted by the type or size of the vessel. Depending on your career goals and your areas of expertise, you choose the number of and type of ratings that you apply for. You will take a separate exam for each one, however our QMED course will prepare you for all of them. Ratings can be used to meet requirements on certain vessels or simply to indicate your experience and professional abilities. The QMED Endorsement on your Merchant Mariners Document will also endorse your STCW as Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW) – QMED.

Ratings Available:

-Refrigerating Engineer
-Deck Engineer
-Junior Engineer

Citizenship Requirements

U.S. Citizens or Non U.S. Citizens with Permanent Residency Status

Sea time

At least 180 days of engineering department experience in any capacity on vessels of greater than 750kw/ 1000hp. You may apply for as many ratings as you want.

Prerequisite Training
Basic Safety Training
Proficiency in SurvivalCraft/Lifeboatman

Recommended Training:

MPT’s USCG Engineer Exam Preparation Program
Practical Assessments Required
RFPEW Assessments

Written Examinations taken at the USCG
General Safety + 1 additional exam module per rating applied for.”

Once you have satisfied all requirements to become a QMED, you may begin your job search. The common route to take is to sign up with a placement agency. Placement or “recruitment” agencies come in all shapes and sizes, but some are more popular than others. To sign up with a placement agency you should begin by identifying the top agencies in the industry. Next, you should submit your resume, references, and any certifications or designations you may have. The placement agency will call you in for an interview to assess your background, skills, and needs and match them to positions they may have available or positions they will seek out.

The following list includes top agencies in the field and contact information.

CTI Group Inc.
1845 Cordova Road Suite 215
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 954.568.5900
Fax: 954.568.5888

Crewfinders International
404 & 408 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 954.522.2739
Toll Free: 800.438.2739
Fax: 954.522.2725

Delta Marine Personnel Services Ltd.
Office Suite 2, Lockside Marina
Navigation Road
Essex. CM2 6HF
Tel: +44 1245 251 377
Fax: +44 1245 495583
Email: [email protected]

Dohle (IOM)
Fort Anne
Isle of Man
IM 1 5PD
British Isles
Tel: +44 (0) 1624 649 649
Email: [email protected]

If you prefer to look for a position on your own, and you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, simply follow the application procedure. If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.

For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee.

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