Maple's engineering plant incorporates the many components of
the Propulsion, Auxiliary, and Electronics Divisions. Many of
these components are monitored through the Main Propulsion
Control and Monitoring System (MPCMS). This system is Maple's
eyes and ears. Incorporating the Coast Guard's latest Naval
Engineering technology, MPCMS continually monitors Maple's
performance, initiating visual and audible alarms, displaying
the machinery plant status, and has the ability to control many
pieces of equipment. The Engineering Department is also
responsible for maintaining the Electronic Chart Planning
Integrated Navigation System (ECPINS). This system ties together
radar, electronic charting, GPS, and MPCMS into one component
that eliminates the need for a large Bridge Watch team.
Headed by a Chief Warrant Officer, the Engineering Department is responsible for maintaining this complex system along with other basic engineering functions. The department consists of an Information Systems Technician, Machinery Technicians, Electrician's Mates, Electronics Technicians and Damage Controlmen.
While MAPLE is first a military organization, the cutter must
also be a functional business. Mission preparedness is the
primary duty of Maple's Operations Department, in addition to
both business and personnel management. MAPLE can only be
operationally successful if we meet our crew’s basic needs while
providing them the tools necessary to complete our mission.
Without our Yeoman, Store Keeper, Health Services Technician
(Corpsman), and Food Services Technicians, providing their
indispensable support and procuring vital supplies, the cohesion
that we depend upon would be lost.
The Operations Department, headed by a Lieutenant Junior Grade, also coordinates Search and Rescue response, the crew’s training and educational services and command security, in addition to the cutter’s scheduling and trip planning.