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About the course

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 whilst away at sea on a fully sponsored three-year marine electro-technical officer cadet programme at the world-renowned Warsash Maritime Academy.

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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 Academy 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 at Warsash, 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.

 

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Officer cadet training is fully sponsored by shipping companies and candidates should apply directly to shipping companies for sponsorship. The training scheme is accredited by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and administered by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

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.

This foundation degree is also a progression route for the BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management top-up course, providing the opportunity to further enhance your career prospects with a full honours degree.

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.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Successful applicants will have their course fees paid and be provided a training allowance by the UK sponsoring companies throughout their training.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

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  • Numerate subject or National Engineering Award at Level 3.
  • GCSE grade C or above in at least mathematics, English and science, plus one other
  • Entry to this course is through a sponsored cadetship; see the Warsash Maritime Academy website for details.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

Warsash Maritime Academy

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

wma.cadets@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5015

How to apply

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

To apply for a foundation degree in marine electrical and electronic engineering, you must undertake a three year Electro-Technical Officer Cadet Training programme (Officer Cadetship) approved by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and meet the academic entry requirements as stated.

The next step is to find a company to sponsor you so that you can complete the sea service elements of the training programme. You should apply direct to the sponsoring companies for details of their recruitment policies and the availability of sponsorship.

There are a number of UK sponsoring companies that recruit UK/EU nationals as officer cadets to work in the various shipping sectors of the merchant navy (eg, cargo, container, cruise, tanker etc.), either individual shipping companies recruiting to fulfil their own staffing needs or training organisations that recruit on behalf of their clients.

Companies normally start the recruitment process around January each year for entry in the following September or January.

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What you'll study

Year one

  • Marine Engineering Principles for ETOs
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Marine Electrics with work-based learning
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Introduction to Electronics, Instrumentation and Controls
  • Electrical Legislation and Management
  • Marine Auxiliaries
  • Electro-Mechanical Plant Operation and Diagnostics

Year two

  • Electronic Principles and Systems
  • Further Mathematics
  • Advanced Marine Electrics
  • Work-based Electrical Engineering Project
  • Electrical Machines
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems Maintenance with work-based learning 
  • Electronic Navigation Systems
  • Navigation Systems Fault Diagnosis
  • Radio Communication Engineering

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Facilities

Warsash Maritime Academy 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.

The programme is built around work-based learning with cadets spending time away at sea during their training, on two sea phases. Officer cadet training schemes lead to an academic (Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering) and professional (MCA Certificate of Competency) qualification. The foundation degree can be topped up to a full honours degree.

Your future

Upon successful completion of the training programme cadets will be eligible to take their MCA oral exam to qualify for the Marine Electro-Technical Officer Certificate of Competency, which allows them to work on any type and size of vessel.

Suitable roles for graduate include:

  • Merchant Navy Electro Technical Officer
  • Project management
  • Electrical engineering technical assistant
  • Field support engineer
  • Plant operator/supervisor
  • Shore-based ship operations
  • Maritime administration.

Industry links

Warsash Maritime Academy 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.

Further study

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