Your Studies as an Electro-Technical Officer Cadet

Your 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:

ETO Officers are specialist electronic officers working under the Chief Engineer and who need a detailed knowledge of the many and varied electrical and electronic systems aboard modern ships.

Studying at Sea:

Experience gained at sea will include:

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

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

ETO and Beyond:

At the end of your Officer Cadet training programme, you will qualify with an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Certificate of Competency.

Currently there is no internationally recognised Senior ETO Certificate. UK maritime organisations are in the process of defining one which is expected to be available within the next few years.

Updated:   December 2016.