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Merchant Navy Engineer Officer Training

So you are interested in some kind of engineering training or qualification; maybe you are looking at options for completing an engineering degree or would prefer an alternative to studying at university by completing an engineering apprenticeship – where do you start?
Now more than ever we are looking for people looking to train as Marine Engineers in a challenging and rewarding industry. Training as an Engineering Officer involves around 3 years of sponsored training, including both academic and practical work. At the end of this you gain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification of the Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (OOW CoC) which allows you to work as a Merchant Navy Engineer Officer around the globe.
Marine engineering courses with Clyde Marine Training can begin at a variety of different levels from age 16 upwards, as below:
  • If you hold 4 Standard Grades / National 5s / GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, Maths and a Science based subject, you could study on the HNC/D course. You would complete a marine engineering college course, as well as gaining at least 8 months seatime with a shipping company.

  • If you hold at least 48 UCAS points from Highers or A-Levels including Maths and/or Physics, plus the above Standard Grades / National 5s / GCSEs you could start on the Professional Diploma/Foundation Degree course. As well as completing 8 months practical training onboard a ship engineering study would also take place at a Nautical College or University.

  • If you are already a mechanical engineering graduate or are a time served Engineer, you could commence on a Postgraduate course. Due to your knowledge already gained in engineering university level study would not be required again. You would attend one of the marine engineering colleges within the UK to complete workshop and safety skills then gain the required time at sea, as prescribed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Whatever level you study at, you would gain unrivalled qualifications, unique experiences and a fantastic career in an industry which pays you throughout your training.
For further course information click here or to apply now, please click here.


Deck Officer Training and Apprenticeship

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Starting shot of Chris talking to camera with black background:

“My name is Chris Blair, and before becoming a training officer with Clyde Marine Training I served as an Engineering Officer on various ship types from Oil Tankers to Cruise Ships.

As an engineer officer, you'll operate and maintain all the mechanical and electrical equipment throughout the ship. You'll be responsible for power generation and distribution systems and for other equipment such as Main Engines, Propulsion, Fuel Systems and Fresh Water Generation.

You'll need to be practical, resourceful and have a real interest in mechanical and electrical systems, with good mathematical ability. You'll be decisive, calm and able to inspire confidence in others. Good written and verbal communication skills are required. Beyond this you'll need to be prepared to learn about new technology and adapt your skills to its use.

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