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Monday 20 June 2016

Maritime cadets celebrate completion of foundation degree

A group of marine electro-technical (METO) officer cadets from Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy recently celebrated the completion of their foundation degree in Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The January 2013 cohort are the first ever METO officer cadets to have graduated from the academy.

The special occasion was honoured with METO cadet officer Adeyemi Ojuade being awarded the first Radio Officers’ Association Electro-Technical Officer Prize at Warsash, which was presented by Professor Brian Cotton, Life President of the Radio Officer’s Association.

Cadet Amber Hamson and Adeyemi Ojuade

The award, known as the ROA ETO Prize, is to be issued annually by the Radio Officers’ Association to the student officer cadet at Warsash Maritime Academy who gains the highest marks in the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System) Radio Maintenance Certificate examination. This certificate is an integral part of the Foundation Degree in Marine Electro-Technology.

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Adeyemi Ojuade sponsored by Chiltern Maritime Ltd, says:”I feel very honoured to receive this award. I had a BTEC in engineering electronics and when NYK ship management UK Ltd offered me the opportunity, I applied for the METO foundation degree to further my career and skills in electronics.

“I have always liked the sea, loved travelling and I hope to one day gain enough experience to eventually look at becoming an electrical safety officer and consultant in this field.

Adeyemi Ojuade winner of highest achievement with Prof Brian Cotton

“I have enjoyed my studies at Warsash, it has been a fantastic learning experience, which has widened my knowledge practically and theoretically. I have been taught by amazing lecturers and used some of the best electronic equipment to train on.”

Professor Brian Cotton, who handed over the prize at a ceremony at Warsash in says: “We offer Adeyemi our heartiest congratulations as the first winner of the association’s prize. We hope that his success will encourage others to compete for future awards.

“We also commend the staff at the University and the academy for their support and Adeyemi can be justly proud of his achievement in the GMDSS Radio Maintenance Certificate course. We hope his prize and certificate will have some part to play in a successful career, wherever that may take him.”

It was also a first for cadet Amber Hamson; not only is she the first female graduate as METO officer from the academy, but she’s also the first Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) female METO officer cadet.

Professor Brian Cotton Chairman and Provost Professor John Chudley at Warsash Maritime Academy

Amber says of her experience: “I particularly found the time in the workshop rewarding, especially applying what you are learning in the classroom. I found the advanced maths challenging but it was all relevant and crossed-linked to our learning.

“The responsibilities of an electro-technical officer are varied day-to-day as you are covering a far greater range of equipment across the ship. You are expected to know the electrical as well as the mechanical side and assess both areas before diagnosing a problem. I am excited for the future and look forward for my next instructions from RFA”.

John Bazley, Head of Academic and Certification Programmes at Warsash Maritime Academy, adds: “The University and Warsash Maritime Academy is immensely proud of the achievements of this first cohort of METO officers as they enter the industry at an exciting time for this newly certificated specialisation.”