Your Studies training as an Engineer Cadet in the Merchant Navy.

The initial college studies will be common to all Officer Cadets and include:

  • General Ship Knowledge - You will soon get to understand: shipboard terminology and its relevance; the differences between the many and varied vessel types; learn the different responsibilities for officers and ratings onboard; appreciate the etiquette expected of a ship's Officer.
  • Maths, Maths and More Maths - Whether you have chosen to train as a Deck, Engineer or ETO Officer, your studies are going to draw heavily on maths. During your initial college phase you will gain sufficient knowledge to complete the later professional studies of your chosen discipline.

  • Initial STCW Training - This includes the mandatory safety training that is required to be completed by all seafarers prior to joining their first vessel. Subjects include First Aid, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Security Awareness and Survival training.

Professional Studies:

Engineers are the technical practitioners who are responsible for keeping the ship running smoothly. Your professional studies and practical workshop skills will prepare you for dealing with major breakdowns, as well as for the more routine preventative maintenance carried out on a daily basis.

Studying at Sea:

Experience gained at sea will include:

  • a minimum of 12 months industrial experience, including a minimum of 6 months Sea Service.

  • six months watchkeeping experience.

  • Completion of a MNTB Training Record Book (TRB).

At the end of your Officer Cadet training programme, you will qualify with a Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) Certificate of Competency.

This will enable you to take a Watch on any grade of vessel trading anywhere in the world. This will usually be restricted to serving on motor vessels unless additional sea service has been completed on steam vessels during training and additional examinations taken for this grade.

Future Progression from Engineer Officer to Chief Engineer:

After completing at least 18 months sea service as a qualified Officer holding EOOW certification, further education and training can be taken which will qualify the candidate to hold a position as 2nd Engineer.

A similar pattern of experience needs to be undertaken including a further 18 months service and additional education and training before the candidate can qualify as Chief Engineer.

In addition to qualifying for more senior roles, you will also have to demonstrate the required personal qualities for promotion as vacancies arise.

Updated:   December 2018.