The initial college studies will be common to all Officer Cadet and include:
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.
Experience gained at sea will include:
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.
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 2016.