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The Training of a Marine Engineer
A person who wants to be a marine engineer must be prepared to spend a long period of time in training. Normally, a young man will enroll with a college which offer a course in
marine engineering after completing 'O' levels. The course offered by
marine colleges normally consists of a period of full time study and a period of
industrial training in shipyards and on board ships.
The subjects usually covered are thermodynamics, mechanics, materials, control,
mathematics, electrical, naval architecture, maritime laws,
workshop skills, engineering drawing and drafting, etc.
The course duration may vary with the different colleges. Normally, there will be 2 years of classroom study, followed by 1-1/2 years of practical training. There may be another year of final classroom study after this.
The successful candidate may be awarded a diploma or an equivalent qualification. He will then be able to work full time on board ships as a qualified
marine engineer class 4. From then on, based on his working period on board ship of varying sizes, he can be eligible to sit for
competency certificates as a class 2 marine engineer. Again after a period of service the holder of a class 2 certificate can sit for the class 1 certificate of competency. The latter
certificate of competency will qualify a holder to work as a
chief engineer on board ship.
Some of the subjects covered for the certificate of
competency exams can be
downloaded here: General
Motor Engineering Knowledge,
Naval Architecture, Electro-Technology,
Marine Engineer Orals.
There are 3 types of certificate of competency (coc) for different ships. There are
home trade certificates, local trade certificates, and foreign-going certificates. These certificates enable the holder to work on ships, which ply home waters, local waters, and
international waters respectively.
Much emphasis is given to practical training because the marine environment is very harsh. Any breakdown in machinery, damage to structures, systems has to be rectified by the seamen themselves. Any problems with staff, food, water supplies, fuel oil will have to be handled appropriately.
"The ship sailing on the ocean is at the mercy of the weather"