Build the foundation of a great career as a marine electro-technical officer in the dynamic maritime industry - the backbone of modern international trade. Supported by a sponsoring company and offering extensive hands-on training at sea on real working vessels, this industry-recognised cadetship provides all the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to become a certified Engineering Officer of the Watch.
This programme is currently recruiting for 31 January 2022.
You will learn to maintain on-board control engineering and electronic systems, including propulsion control, radio communications and electronic navigation aids, as well as the confidence and know-how to maintain a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment to maximise the operational safety and efficiency of a seagoing vessel.
Shipping out as an engineering officer cadet on a range of vessels owned or operated by your sponsoring company, you will develop the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to become a Marine Electro-Technical Officer in the Merchant Navy – acquiring a range of practical skills appropriate to operating and problem solving for ships’ electrical, electronic machinery and systems in a safe and efficient manner.
As part of your cadetship, you will gain your first qualification as an Engineering Officer of the Watch – and be equipped with all the knowledge and understanding to you need to undertake tasks as detailed in the industry-based onboard training – and with academic exemptions for further professional qualifications under the internationally recognised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulations.
Why choose this course?
Graduates have gone on to roles with companies including: Bibby, Aberdeen; Lloyd’s Register, London; Odjfjell Tankers, Bergen; Cargill, Geneva; Carnival UK; and the International Maritime Organization
Time at sea is built into the course, offering real-world experience
A major hub in the UK and European maritime and shipping industry
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.
Our Warsash Maritime School has over 70 years' history of maritime education, and an international reputation for quality.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideally suited for students wanting to enter the merchant navy, who have a passion for electrical and electronic engineering.
What does this course lead to?
This exciting course will allow you to gain your first qualification as an Engineering Officer of the Watch, opening up a wide range of opportunities within maritime electrical and electronic engineering. With further study and sailing experience you can take your career further, becoming a Second Engineer.
Meet the team
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.
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.
Our electrical workshop facilities also enable you to practice electrical maintenance, operational and fault-finding procedures.
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Introduction to Engineering Mathematics
Introduction to Marine Electro-technology
General Ship Knowledge
Introduction to Engineering Science
Introduction to Marine Engineering Systems
General Engineering Science
Marine Electrical and Electronic Principles
Marine Electrical Operations
Marine Electronics and Control Systems
Marine Engineering Systems
Electronic Navigation Systems
Marine Engineering Management
Marine Power Systems
Navigation Systems Fault Diagnosis
Radio Communication Engineering
Work-based Engineering Project
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How you will learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
- Directed Learning
- Collaborative Learning
- Guided Learning
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- In-class tests
- Practical classes and workshops
- Practical activities
- Project work
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Why choose the industry?
Maritime and shipping is a huge, thriving industry – the backbone of international trade, and a fundamental part of modern global commerce. As a ship’s engineer you will be a key part of this, keeping vessels of all kinds, from tankers to container ships – or even ferries, cruise liners or superyachts – running effectively, efficiently and safely.
Officer cadet training is fully sponsored by shipping companies.
- Successful applicants will have their course fees paid and be provided a training allowance by the UK sponsoring companies throughout their training: N/A
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Extra course costs
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Key entry requirements
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English and science (with a significant physical science content).
For further information about UK qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
This programme is currently recruiting for 31 January 2022.
Key entry requirements
As a general guide, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British high school A-levels.
British shipping companies will normally accept applications from candidates from the EU. Candidates should apply directly to the shipping companies for sponsorship.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
As a general guide, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British high school A-levels. However, MCA certificates of competency may be awarded to people of any nationality and the training programmes are open to all.
British shipping companies will normally only recruit UK or European Union nationals. If you're a potential international candidate from outside the UK and EU, you should research shipping companies from your own country (that are approved by the MCA) to secure sponsorship.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
How to apply
To apply for this course, you must undertake a three year deck 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 nationals as officer cadets to work in the various shipping sectors of the merchant navy (for example, 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.
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 20 in each individual component
- Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
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.
We will prepare you for your future
Suitable roles for graduates include
- Marine Electro-Technical Officer (METO)
- Second Engineer
- Electrical Engineering Operations Manager (shoreside)
We will help you start your career
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While you are studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance.
If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.Find out more
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