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Tom Holdway
BEng (Hons), PgCert, FHEA


Warsash Maritime School

Tom Holdway, Lecturer


Tom has over 10 years' experience working at sea on various types of passenger vessel. He began his career as an engine cadet on cruise vessels.

After gaining further experience and working on ro-pax ferries and superyachts, Tom achieved a Chief Engineer Unlimited Certificate of Competency while studying at Solent University to gain a bachelor’s in marine engineering and management.

Tom has been fortunate to have sailed on many different voyages all over the world, the most notable of which involved transiting the Northwest Passage.

Now training the next generation of engineering seafarers at Solent, Tom is passionate in helping others to progress in their careers and achieve their full potential.

During the last three years at Solent, he has completed a PgCert in Learning and Teaching, and is now working toward an MSc.

Further information

2010-2020: Marine engineer officer on merchant vessels, from engine cadet to Chief Engineer on passenger vessels (cruise, ro-pax and superyacht).

2020 to date: Lecturer in marine engineering at Warsash Maritime School.

Taught courses

FdEng Marine Engineering

Prepare for the exciting prospect of travelling the world in the Merchant Navy to become a marine engineer officer, delivered from the world-renowned Warsash Maritime School.

BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering

Benefit from a maritime cadetship programme (supported by a sponsoring company) to build your skills as engineering officer in renowned Warsash Maritime School with its industry-leading facilities.