The role of a Ship’s Engineering Officer is one of the key appointments on any sea-going ship. They are the technical professionals that keep the vessel running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The control systems continue to become more complex and sophisticated. You will find most vessels operating with an unmanned engine room at night, with most of the engineers allocated day work tasks. One engineering officer will be designated as the duty engineer and it will be their responsibility to respond to any alarms day or night.
You can find out more about the role of a Ships engineer on our Roles and Responsibilities page.
There are five colleges offering Engineer Cadet Training Programmes in the UK. All programmes lead to qualification as an Officer of the Watch Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy. The colleges are located across the UK, from the northernmost Shetland School of Nautical studies to other colleges situated in Glasgow, Fleetwood, South Shields (Newcastle) and Southampton.
SSTG is currently recruiting for programmes at the Professional Diploma level in Scotland and the Foundation Degree level in England, with limited opportunities for candidates to train at the Higher National Certificate level.
The sponsorship package includes a personal monthly training allowance, payment of all your professional tuition fees and provision of the sea service which is completed as an integral part of the training programme. You will also benefit from the professional support of one of our dedicated SSTG training officers who will oversee every aspect of your training from the time you are selected right through until you complete your final college phase of training.