An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (July 15, 2020) Surface Warfare Engineering School Command, Great Lakes students attending Quartermaster "A" School learn about operating the Voyage Management System (VMS). Once they graduate, they will be certified to use VMS Version 9 once they get to the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Matt Mogle)

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
default play button

SWESC Great Lakes Holds Change of Command Ceremony

  • Surface Warfare Engineering School Command Great Lakes
  • June 23, 2022 | 2:26

Surface Warfare Engineering School Command (SWESC) Great Lakes held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Great Lakes, June 23.

Cmdr. Shawn D. Gibson was relieved by Cmdr. Ervin L. Henley as the commanding officer in a ceremony attended by several distinguished visitors, guests and staff including Surface Warfare Schools Command Commanding Officer Capt. Brian T. Mutty.

Every Surface Navy Engineer, Quartermaster, Boatswain and deck seaman come through 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 is responsible for 24-hour supervision, leadership and professional development for over 1,500 students at any given time. Here, Sailors develop their technical knowledge and skills, while continuing to benefit from professional mentoring that will sustain them throughout their naval service.

For information about SWESC Great Lakes, visit

Visit SWESC Great Lakes on Facebook




Naval Education and Training Command  |  250 Dallas St.  |  Pensacola FL 32508

Official U.S. Navy Website  |  Contact Us

Guidance-Card-Icon Dept-Exclusive-Card-Icon