Surface Warfare Engineering School Command (SWESC) Great Lakes, located at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, offers the Navy's only apprentice training track for accession surface engineers, provides entry-level accession  surface navigation training for quartermasters (QM) and awards six Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC) through the delivery of 27 engineering advanced schools. SWESC Great Lakes averages 1,000 students on deck at any one time. The staff is comprised of officers and enlisted personnel including QMs and Sailors from all surface engineering rates, ranging in pay grades from E-5 to E-9. All assigned instructors have completed successful tours at sea and have earned the 805A NEC by completing the Navy Instructor Training Course. Instructors qualify and are cross utilized between 13 different schoolhouses and each instructor accrues between 21-35 instructional hours weekly.

To provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted Sailors to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 Sailors a year.

Surface Warfare Engineering School Command
2331 Isherwood AVE
BLDG 236
Great Lakes IL 60088-2924
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SWESC Great Lakes Overview

  • Surface Warfare Engineering School Command Great Lakes
  • May 6, 2022 | 3:33

Every Surface Navy Engineer, Quartermaster, Boatswain and deck seaman come through Surface Warfare Engineering School Command Great Lakes (SWESC GL) for technical training led by the Navy’s finest instructors. These Sailors leave SWESC GL as Surface Warriors; ready to perform on ships operating around the globe. SWESC GL averages nearly 1,500 students on deck at any one time. The staff at SWESC GL is comprised of 10 officers and over 350 enlisted personnel, 40 Department of the Navy civilians including Quartermasters, Boatswain Mates and Sailors from all surface engineering rates, ranging in pay grades from E5 to E9. All assigned instructors have completed successful tours at sea and have earned the 805A NEC by completing the Navy’s Instructor Training Course. Instructors qualify and are cross-utilized between 15 different schoolhouses and each instructor accrues between 21-40 instructional hours weekly.

Engineers begin their careers with Engineering Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (E-PACT), a 15-day course designed to teach all engineering rates the basic skills necessary to assimilate rapidly into a shipboard engineering environment upon arrival to their first ship. While a small percentage of these students will transfer to the fleet as undesignated Firemen, most will continue to a second 14 day course of instruction referred to as Basic Engineering Common Core (BECC) Advanced where they learn more advanced engineering principals and theory. After completing BECC, students then attend more specific rate-based training in one of seven engineering “A” schools. Rating “A” schools range in length from 9 to 31 days of training. On average, a rated Sailor attending the Engineering accession pipeline will receive approximately 40% classroom-based training and 60% hands on, where the knowledge gained in the classroom is applied.

Future Quartermasters (QM) begin their careers attending the QM “A” School where they learn navigation fundamentals to include plotting on charts, celestial navigation, an introduction to Voyage Management System, and other skills needed to stand pay grade appropriate underway watches with minimal supervision. Graduates will require modest training prior to performing fully unsupervised basic watch station duties.

Surface Common Core (SCC) and Boatswain Mate “A” school offers junior sailors the opportunity to receive hands on training about basic seamanship skills prior to reporting to their first command. Each school learns these skills by participating in classroom training and labs utilizing the USS Whitehat, an onsite ship simulator. The students are able to learn everything from basic line handling skills to underway replenishment operations. SWESC GL was excited to welcome them to the team in April of 2021.

For returning fleet Sailors, SWESC GL offers a total of 51 “C” schools and non-accession courses that result in the awarding 29 total NECs, with 8 new NECs in the works. SWESC GL is the only NETC Learning Site to offer courses for Non-Destructive Testing and Cargo/Weapons Elevator operation and maintenance.

SWESC GL also provides Level I equivalent firefighting training to upwards of 10,800 surface accessions Sailors annually, to include Surface Combat Systems Training Center Great Lakes, as well as staff members at the various commands across Great Lakes as they transfer back to sea duty. The General Shipboard Firefighting Training Course is designed to provide instruction and evaluation to enlisted personnel in firefighting equipment, and procedures. This course will prepare students to qualify as members of a Shipboard Damage Control Organization/Team. This course satisfies the Level I five year live firefighting requirement of Shipboard Survivability Training Level Requirements and is the equivalent of the General Shipboard Fire Fighting training. This course includes proper techniques and procedures for combating various classes of fires. Instruction on personnel protective equipment, chemistry of fire, portable fire extinguishers, and the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.

For more information about SWESC GL please go to our Website - https://www.netc.navy.mil/SWESCGreatLakes/ or Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SWESCGL

 
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