Marine Electro-Technical Officer - Higher National Diploma Programme

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Warsash Maritime School
Southampton, United Kingdom

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.

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 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.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4, including:

  • Mathematics (preferably Higher Tier)
  • science (with a significant physical science content)
  • English or a subject using English (for example, history, geography or RE).

Medical requirements

Officer cadets must be in good health and capable of passing the Merchant Navy Medical Examination (ENG1). 

Anyone contemplating a career as a ship’s officer would be well advised to take a medical examination and sight test as soon as possible to find out if there are any physical bars to their career aspirations.

The MCA holds a list of approved doctors throughout the UK who are able to provide ENG1 seafarer medical examinations.


British shipping companies will normally only recruit UK or European Union nationals. However, the MCA certificates of competency may be awarded to people of any nationality and the training programmes are open to all.

A potential international candidate from outside the UK and EU should secure sponsorship from a suitable shipping company that will be able to provide appropriate sea service as part of the cadetship programme.

International students should also hold a formal International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate of at least 5.5, as a good knowledge of written and spoken technical English is required to commence the programme.

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