A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel emerged as the top student after graduating in the Electrician’s Mate “A” School in US Coast Guard Training Center (TRACEN) in Yorktown, Virginia last 21 November.
Seaman First Class Stephen Bondesto PCG garnered the highest average of 99.85 while Seaman First Class Rommel Fabros ranked fifth and Petty Officer Third Class Lexter Levita ranked eighth. The class is composed of 18 students, 15 from US counterparts and three PCG personnel.
The Electrician’s Mate “A” School is a 19 week intensive course of instruction designed to train non-rated personnel to perform the duties of a Coast Guard Third Class Electricians Mate.
The American Council on Education has evaluated this course and recommends the following credits in the Lower-Division Baccalaureate/Associate degree category: three semester hours in basic electricity, three semester hours in AC & DC circuit theory, three in electrical power distribution, three in electrical circuits troubleshooting and maintenance, one in industrial safety, and one in blueprint reading.
The course includes training and practical exercises in a wide range of topics including: battery, power distribution system, lighting systems, motors and controllers, interior communication system, galley, scullery and laundry equipment, electric damage control equipment, small boat electrical system, deck machinery equipment and shore power.
Currently, nine PCG personnel are undergoing different courses such as International Maritime Officer’s Course (IMOC), Gunner’s Mate ”A” School, Boatswain’s Mate “A” School and Machinery Technician “A” School at USCG TRACEN Yorktown. Philippine Coast Guard