cadet engineers on a training ship undergoing sea training apprenticeship

cadet engineers on a training ship undergoing sea training apprenticeship

Sea training is done when the Marine Engineer has accumulated sufficient knowledge to enable him to go to sea on an ocean. This is the time when he can live the life of a seaman. The Cadet Marine Engineer receives his uniform as an officer. He usually undergoes his apprenticeship under the 2nd Engineer, who will assign him duties. Because various engineers have specific duties and responsibilities, the cadet engineer may be assigned to help other engineers during his tour of duty on board ship.

Cadet engineers sitting for a written test on board ship

Cadet engineers sitting for a written test on board ship

The sea training can be anything from 6 months to 1 year, depending on the College he attends, and the requirement of the various Country’s Government which issue out Marine Certificates of Competency.

Cadet engineer also need to know about the steering and navigation on the bridge by the officers

Cadet engineer also need to know about the steering and navigation on the bridge by the officers

The training is tough. The cadet engineer has to learn the skills from experienced seamen. The cadet engineer usually has to work under the crewmembers, while at the same time, he has to maintain his position as the most junior officer on board ship.

Much of the hands-on work whether routine or emergency will become valuable when he becomes a full-fledged Marine Engineer Officer.

Training in the engine room included overhaul of main engine pistons and cylinder head

Training in the engine room included overhaul of main engine pistons and cylinder head

Training on dismantling main engine crankshaft bearings, and connecting rods

Training on dismantling main engine crankshaft bearings, and connecting rods

cadet training in using the magnetic compass on the bridge

cadet training in using the magnetic compass on the bridge

cadet engineer with the main engine in the background

cadet engineer with the main engine in the background

cadet engineer with the anchor winch at the forward end of the ship

cadet engineer with the anchor winch at the forward end of the ship

cadet engineer studying at his cabin

cadet engineer studying at his cabin