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Merchant Navy Engineer and Deck Officer roles

 
The Merchant Navy can offer many diverse and interesting career options, with just some of them listed below.
 
Click on the job titles below to view the entry requirements for each type of position, as well as viewing useful links to obtain further information.
 
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Master / Deck Officers
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Role:
 
Master / Deck Officers are responsible for the navigation of the ship, the loading/discharge of cargo, voyage planning, radio communication, environmental issues, health and safety issues, administration duties, and the control/safety of the crew and passengers.
 
The Master (Captain) is in overall command of a ship and is responsible for the safety, efficiency and commercial feasibility of his ship. His duties are navigational at sea, while in ports he is responsible for cargo operations.
 
Working under the Master is the Chief Officer (Chief Mate), 2nd Officer (2nd Mate), 3rd Officer (3rd Mate), and Trainee Officer.
 
Qualifications / Skills Required:
 
  • Deck Officers are required to undertake Merchant Navy training involving college time and sea time to work towards an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence. They are also required to complete STCW basic safety training courses, covering personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibilities and hold an ENG1 seafarer’s medical certificate.
  • Additionally, they require GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System), Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting and CPSC & RB (Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats).
 
Merchant Navy Engineers
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Role:
 
For anyone considering a career as an engineer, the Merchant Navy offers fantastic entry points and training applicable to all aspects of the engineering sector, as well as the option of sponsorship to attend specialist maritime training colleges throughout the UK.
 
Marine Engineers ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the ship’s mechanical and electrical equipment onboard, including carrying out repairs, inspections and maintenance programmes of propulsion systems, refrigeration machinery, desk machinery and passenger systems.
 
They manage power, fuelling and distributions systems. The Chief Engineer is in charge of the engineering department and is responsible for working of all equipment onboard be it electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic.
 
He/she supervises the work of the engine room and is assisted by a team of engineers including the 2nd Engineer, 3rd Engineer, Junior Engineer and Trainee Engineering.
 
 
Qualifications / Skills Required:
 
  • Engineering Officers are required to undertake training involving college time and sea time to work towards an Engineering Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence. They are also required to complete STCW basic safety training courses, covering personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibilities and hold an ENG1 seafarer’s medical certificate.
  • Additionally, they require Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting and CPSC & RB (Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats).
  • If you are interested in becoming an Engineering Officer please click here for full details of the courses you can undertake
 
Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) / Electrician
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Role:
 
Electro-Technical Officers (ETOs) are responsible for the maintenance and testing of all electrical equipment onboard, including engine room, bridge systems, refrigeration, and passenger areas.
 
ETOs also play a particularly important role on cruise ships where he/she is required to manage all electrical equipment of the ship and passenger areas.
 
Qualifications / Skills Required:
 
  • Basic entry level candidates would be required to hold an electrical qualification, such as City and Guilds or a formal Merchant Navy training course - Foundation Degree Electrical Technical Officer.
  • They are also required to complete STCW basic safety training courses, covering personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibilities and hold an ENG1 seafarer’s medical certificate.
  • If you are interested in becoming an Electro-Technical Officer but have no prior electrical qualification then please click here for details of college courses that can be undertaken.
 
Pre-qualified Applicants:
 
 
Deck Rating (AB, EDH)
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Role:
 
An Able Seaman or Efficient Deck Hand is an unlicensed member of the deck department. Deck ratings are responsible for cleaning, sweeping, chipping of rust, polishing, etc.
 
In addition they help in loading and unloading of cargo and in port they assist in the mooring of the ship as well as taking a watch at sea. They are also members of the emergency team, lifesaving, damage control, and safety equipment.
 
Qualifications / Skills Required:
 
The basic level is Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) which can lead on to an Able Seaman certificate. Currently the only entry route to EDH is to be sponsored by a shipping company as it requires candidates to complete sea-time onboard a sea going merchant ship.
 
Candidates require the following to obtain an EDH certificate:
  • 4 basic STCW certificates (Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities)
  • ENG1 seafarer’s medical
  • Navigational Watch Rating Certificate*
  • 12 months sea time on sea going merchant ships
Candidates require the following to obtain an AB certificate:
  • 4 basic STCW certificates (Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities)
  • ENG1 seafarer’s medical
  • Navigational Watch Rating Certificate*
  • EDH certificate
  • CPSC & RB (Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats) or CPSC (Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft) or Lifeboatman
  • At least 24 months sea time in the Deck department or 36 months as a GP (General Purpose Rating) of at least 12 months on Deck duties
  • *Navigational Watch Rating Certificate has to be applied for by a UK MCA approved company and can only be obtained onboard a vessel. To obtain this certificate, candidates must have the 4 basic STCW certificates and have completed either or at least 6 months approved sea going sea service in Deck department, or special training and at least 2 months approved sea going service
NOTE - Currently, Clyde Marine Training is unable to provide any direct training routes for Deck Rating, but we would advise those interested to speak to Careers at Sea
 
 
Engine Rating (Motorman, Fitter, GP1)
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Role:
 
Engine Ratings are responsible for day to day cleaning, repair and routine maintenance of the engine room.
 
Qualifications / Skills Required:
 
The basic level is Motorman, which can lead to a Fitter or GP1. Currently the only entry route to Motorman is to be sponsored by a shipping company as it requires candidates to complete sea-time onboard a sea going merchant ship in order to gain an Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate.
 
Candidates require the following to work as a Motorman:
 
  • 4 basic STCW certificates (Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities)
  • ENG1 seafarer’s medical
  • Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate*
  • *Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate has to be applied for by a UK MCA approved company and can only be obtained onboard a vessel. To obtain this certificate, candidates must have the 4 basic STCW certificates and have completed either or at least 6 months approved sea going sea service in the Engine department, or special training and at least 2 months approved sea going service.
 
NOTE - Currently, Clyde Marine Training is unable to provide any direct training routes for Deck Rating, but we would advise those interested to speak to Careers at Sea
 
 
Steward / Purser / Onboard Services
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Role:
 
This department is responsible for serving food to the crew and passengers, cleaning accommodation and public areas and serving customers on passenger vessels. The department is headed by the Chief Purser who is in charge of the Cooks and Stewards.
 
Qualifications / Skills Required:
 
Candidates are required to undertake an ENG1 seafarer’s medical and STCW basic safety training consisting of the following courses:
The ENG1 medical must be carried out by an MCA approved Doctor – click here to book a medical with our MCA approved Doctors in Glasgow or Southampton.
 
Currently there is no formal training required for stewarding, however, hospitality or catering experience and qualifications such as Level 1 in Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Skills (ABC) would be advantageous.
 
 
Cook
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Role:
 
Cooks must hold a Certificate of Competency as Ship’s Cook part 1 and preferably part 2 - some technical colleges offer this course throughout the UK, for example Glasgow Metropolitan College.
 
Qualifications / Skills Required: 
 
In some cases a medical care onboard certificate is also required. Additionally they must hold an ENG1 seafarer’s medical and STCW basic safety training consisting of the following courses:
 
 
Other Roles
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Clyde Marine Training offer a range of STCW Marine Short courses that can become the first step to a Career at Sea – click here to find more information and course dates.
 
The ENG1 medical must be carried out by an MCA approved Doctor – click here to book a medical with our MCA approved Doctors in Glasgow or Southampton. 
 
Shore-based Roles in the Merchant Navy:
 
It is also possible to work in a shore-based role within the shipping industry, such as Chartering, Broking, Ship management, Insurance, Legal, Sales, Marketing, Publishing & Research, Finance, Accounts, HR, Training, and Admin. There are many entry routes to shore-based roles, from office admin roles to degree level or many make a career move from a sea-going to shore-based role.
 
View our shore-based vacancies for experienced marine personnel with Clyde Marine Consultants.

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