What is Marine Engineering?
The function of the Marine Engineer is to operate and maintain the engines, boilers, generators and other systems of ships. Most of the mechanical equipment aboard ship is operated and maintained by Marine Engineers. This course aims to provide a sound knowledge base of Marine Engineering.
About the Course
Location: NMCI, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork www.nmci.ie
As well as lectures, training is provided in marine, electrical, welding and mechanical workshops, supplemented with practical work in the College engine room and simulation exercises in the machinery and cargo-handling simulation suites.
Students who successfully complete Year 1 and 2 are expected to be placed in a commercial ship, for practical training experience, and to gain the necessary ‘seatime’ for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Certificate of Competency, in their third year. In addition while at sea, they must complete a comprehensive workplace training programme including training records, journals and other documents associated with the training programme, as specified from time to time. It should be noted that while every endeavour will be made to secure suitable sea training placement, this is outside the control of CIT/NMCI and the College cannot accept responsibility for difficulties in securing such placement.
It should be noted that while every endeavour will be made to secure suitable sea training placement, this is outside the control of CIT/NMCI and the College cannot accept responsibility for difficulties in securing such placement.
There are opportunities for further study in order that cadets will progress from the Officer of the Watch Level on to the Second Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency (COC) and in due course to the Chief Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency (COC) with a combination of Sea-Service, further study and examinations.
How do I go about getting a Shipping Company to sponsor me while I am in College?
The College endeavours to place students with shipping companies and has been successful to date.
Do I have to work for the Shipping Company once I graduate?
The commitment from the sponsoring Shipping Companies usuallyt ends upon graduation. However, a significant number of graduates go on to work as an officer with their sponsors.
How much sea going experience do I need before I can apply to sit for a Chief Engineer’s COC?
The minimum is approximately three years on suitable vessels and voyages.
“As a recent graduate of the BEng in Marine Engineering I can highly recommend this Degree course. It provides a great beginning for someone who enjoys travelling, seeing the world, and working hands on with all sorts of machines. I chose this course because of the excellent career opportunities it offers and because of my passion for being at sea.
There's a global demand for marine engineers which guarantees employment straight out of college. I'm enjoying my position as an engineer at sea and I know that with further experience there will be many land based engineering job options available to me if I want to come ashore.”
Senior Marine Engineer
Eoin graduated in Marine & Plant Engineering (now titled Marine Engineering). He is currently serving as a Chief Engineer on a speciality vessel (FPSO) in the production and storage area of exploration off the coast of Brazil, working one month on and off.
Eoin obtained the Chief Engineering Certificate of Competency. Eoin found the College facilities excellent. “Most of the lecturers have spent time at sea and use their experience to teach their skills. The standard of education is very high.”