ENGINEMAN 1 & C
administration of the ship as a whole, and the
administration of each department. In this discus-
sion we will consider the engineering department
The purpose of the administrative inspection
is to determine whether or not (1) the department
is being administered in an intelligent, sound, and
efficient manner; and (2) the organizational and
administrative methods and procedures are
directed toward the objective of every naval
ship-namely, being prepared to carry out its
It is a routine procedure for one ship to con-
duct an inspection of a similar division on another
ship. General instructions for conducting the
inspection are usually given by the division com-
mander; however, the selecting and organizing of
the inspecting party is done aboard the ship that
must conduct the inspection.
The chief inspector, usually the commanding
officer of the ship, will organize the assisting
board. The organization of the assisting board,
in general conformance with the departmental
organization of the ship, is divided into ap-
propriate groups, each headed by an inspector
with as many assistant inspectors as necessary.
Chief petty officers and petty officers first class
may be assigned as assistant inspectors.
The engineering department inspecting group
(or party) is organized and supervised by the
engineer officer. The manner in which an
individual inspection is carried out depends to a
great extent upon the knowledge and ability of
the members of the group (or party).
General Inspection of
the Ship as a Whole
One of the two categories of administrative
inspection is the general administration of the ship
as a whole. Items of this inspection that will have
a direct bearing on the engineering department,
and for which the report of inspection indicates
a grade, are as follows:
1. Appearance, bearing, and smartness of
2. Cleanliness, sanitation, smartness, and ap-
pearance of the ship as a whole.
3. Adequacy and condition of clothing and
equipment of personnel.
4. General knowledge of personnel in regard
to the ships organization, ships orders, and ad-
5. Dissemination of all necessary information
among the personnel.
6. Indoctrination of newly reported
7. General education facilities for individuals.
8. Comfort and conveniences of living spaces,
including adequacy of light, heat, ventilation, and
9. Economy of resources.
Engineering Department Inspection
The engineering department administrative
inspection is primarily the inspection of the
engineering department paper work, which
includes publications, bills, files, books, records,
and logs. Additionally, this inspection includes
other items with which the chief and first class
must be concerned. Some of these items are the
cleanliness and preservation of machinery and
engineering spaces; the training of personnel; the
assignment of personnel to watches and duties;
the proper posting of operating instructions and
safety precautions; the adequacy of warning signs
and guards; the marking and labeling of lines and
valves; and the proper maintenance of operating
Administrative inspection checkoff lists are
usually furnished to the ships by the type
commander. These lists are used as an aid for
inspecting officers and chiefs, to assist them in
ensuring that no important item is overlooked.
However, inspecting personnel should not accept
these lists as being all-inclusive, since usually
during an inspection, additional items develop
that must be considered or observed.
As a petty officer, you should be familiar with
the various checkoff lists used for inspections.