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Engineer cadet

When you finish the training, you’ll have internationally recognized qualifications
Two Engineering Officers check the diesel generators in the engine room on board the BP Oil Tanker British Envoy the North Sea, UK.

What you can expect 

As a cadet, you’ll work day shifts with your department and at times support watch keeping in the engine room. On a day shift you will be involved in anything from stripping an engine and inspecting components, to following the path of water, oil or steam through the ship – or ‘tracing them out’ as it’s known on board. You’ll be working with large machinery and safety is critical. The exposure you get to the ship’s systems will be down to the on-board senior management team and your hunger to learn. 


Other than maintenance, in future as an officer, you will be in charge of the safety of all staff in the engine room and as an engine cadet you will understudy this aspect thoroughly.


Hot and frenetic, the engine room is the heart of any ship. Our training will teach you about:

  • The ship’s main engines.
  • Running and maintaining all of the mechanical equipment including pumps, fuel systems, cranes, elevators onboard.
  • Running and maintaining power generating, air-conditioning and refrigeration plants on board.

Learning and development

College phase

Pre-sea training provides you with the basics of marine engineering where you study:


  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering drawing
  • Mathematics
  • Electric circuits
  • Instrumentation
  • Marine engineering
  • Tanker training
  • Naval architecture
  • IC engines and boiler
  • Auxiliary machinery
  • Electronics
  • Occupational safety and security
Sea phase

You'll then spend time at sea getting practical, hands-on experience.

Certified officer

Sea phase is then followed by:


  • Oral exams by Director of Marine, Singapore

Leading to:


  • Class 4 Certificate of Competency.

Career opportunities as sea:


  • Junior officer on merchant ships.


Career opportunities ashore:


  • Executive in marine, service or oil industry.
Further education and career opportunities

Accumulate enough sea time as a junior engineer and obtain:


  • Class 2 Certificate of Competency (COC)
  • Class 1 Certificate of Competency (COC)


Career opportunities at sea:


  • Second engineer then chief engineer on merchant ships.


Career opportunities ashore:


  • Middle management in marine, service or oil industry.


When you finish the training, you’ll have the following internationally recognized qualifications:

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering (DMR) route
  • Class 5 Marine Engineering Officer Certificate of Competency (COC) conducted by Director of Marine, Singapore 

Once you’re trained and qualified, you’ll be ready to apply for a permanent post as an engineering officer on one of our ships. Once an officer, you’ll have the opportunity to continue your training – up to chief engineer’s certification.

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