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Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering

3 years full-time
2022

Do you want to work with the latest electrical engineering technology? Training as an marine electro-technical officer cadet in the UK’s Merchant Navy will offer you the chance to gain valuable academic and practical electrical engineering knowledge and put your specialist skills into practice while away at sea on a fully sponsored three-year marine electro-technical officer cadet programme at the world-renowned Warsash Maritime School.

Officer cadet training schemes typically last for around three years and are split into five phases which alternate between academic studies, practical experience and safety training at Warsash Maritime School and seagoing periods to gain practical shipboard experience.

To enrol on an officer cadet training scheme, candidates apply directly to shipping companies, not through UCAS. This is because officer cadet training is fully sponsored by the shipping company, covering course fees and also providing the means for gaining the mandatory work-based learning on board ship. Cadets will often also receive a small salary or living allowance while they are training.

Marine electro-technical officers take particular responsibility for the maintenance of on board control engineering and electronic systems, including propulsion control, radio communications and electronic navigation aids. During their training , METO cadets are taught the necessary academic underpinning knowledge, as well as gaining practical training, providing them with the confidence and know how to maintain a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment to maximise the operational safety and efficiency of the vessel.

Why choose this course?

Our Warsash Maritime School has over 70 years' history of maritime education, and an international reputation for quality.

With a UK-leading simulation centre that allows for digital twinning of specific vessels or ports; a dedicated fire training school; and the UK's only manned model ship handling centre.

A major hub in the UK and European maritime and shipping industry

Shipping companies normally recruit cadets for either a September or January start.

Who is this course for?

This fully-sponsored training programme is a must for those who wish to become a marine electro-technical officer in the Merchant Navy. The course is suited to those who are looking for an interesting and varied career, and is ideal for those with a strong interest in electrical engineering and technology.

What does this course lead to?

This course will lead you to employment as a certified watchkeeping marine electro-technical officer on board a commercial (merchant) ship.

Meet the team

Warsash Maritime School is a world leader in maritime education and training, with close links to the marine industry. The extensive professional experience of academic staff ensures that the course draws on real-world case studies and equips you with practical, readily applicable knowledge and skills.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Warsash Maritime School has a full range of industry-leading training facilities including an ETO lab for electronic navigational systems operations and maintenance of items such as radars, navigational aids and control systems.

Electrical workshop facilities enable cadets to practice electrical maintenance and operational and fault finding procedures.


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