DMEC’s Ship Riders are licensed engineers. They work aboard the deployed Littoral Combat Ships—in port and at sea. The Ship Rider is the senior hull mechanical and electrical (HM&E) technical advisor for the ship’s force.
His primary responsibilities include: train the crew on main propulsion and auxiliary plant operation and deck equipment operations; perform preventative maintenance and emergent repairs per the ship’s force commanding officer; assist the crew with diagnosing engineering, computer and automation deficiencies, along with reporting ship repairs and requisition of spare parts.
DMEC Chief Engineers, Field Engineers and Mechanics perform numerous tasks for the preventative and corrective maintenance availabilities for the LCS ships. These include but are not limited to the following:
DMEC engineers have experience in the following emergent repairs and corrective maintenance work:
DMEC Engineers operate the engineering plant during dock, builders and acceptance trials in preparation for the delivery of the LCS ships to the Navy.
DMEC engineers instruct, as well as provide their expertise to assist in the development of the Crew Familiarization Training curriculum. Classes are small and interactive. Power Point Presentations are used in the classroom training, and aboard the ship, the LCS crew learn hands-on how to operate and maintain all HM&E equipment for the various LCS Freedom class ships.
DMEC provide Test Engineers to test HM&E systems in preparation for builders and acceptance trials. DMEC Watch Engineers monitor the ship’s machinery remote control system.