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CR 805

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 805
  • Field of StudyMarine Engineering
  • Type of CourseDegree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 years plus approximately 1 year work placement
  • Level7
  • LocationNational Maritime College of Ireland
  • CAO 1st Round217

About the Course

Location: NMCI, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.


An Electro-technical Officer (ETO) operates, maintains and calibrates all electrical, electronic and ships equipment. The ETO’s role is not restricted to the engine room and may also work on complex systems located throughout any vessel. This is an exciting programme to cater for the growing need on board ship for a specialist in electrical/electronic/networking systems. There is currently a shortage of these professionals and large shipping companies sponsor our students early in their programmes to meet the shipping company’s manning requirements.


The programme shares its first two semesters with the CR 095 BEng in Marine Engineering. Having completed Year 1, Marine Electrotechnology students begin specialist electrical and electronic training. As well as lectures, training is provided in a variety of workshops and laboratories. This practical work is given to enhance the students’ learning experience. Practical knowledge of fundamental theory is gained in electrical, electronic, communications, and control laboratories. A broad understanding of ships and ships’ systems is delivered in electrical workshops and in the College’s own engine room.


Work Placement

There is formal work placement during the course; students undertake approximately 9 months practical work experience at on a relevant vessel between the 2nd and 3rd taught years of the programme.


Students who successfully complete Year 1 and 2 are expected to be placed on a commercial ship, for practical training experience, and to gain the necessary ‘seatime’ for an internationally recognised Certificate of Competency. While at sea they must complete a comprehensive workplace training programme.


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.


Further Studies

For details, see www.nmci.ie
There are opportunities for further study in related fields at the Honours Degree level. Graduates will be well placed to pursue further studies in either electrical or electronic engineering.


Question Time

How successful is the college at securing work placement?
The College endeavours to place students with shipping companies and has been highly successful to date.


If I graduate with this Level 7 degree, can I further my studies in CIT as an Electronic or Electrical Engineer at Level 8?
CIT has a Recognition of Prior Learning System. Applicants may be exempted from modules in courses which are similar.


Graduate Profile

Sinead Reynolds
Electro-technical Officer

“I graduated from the NMCI in June 2015 with a BEng in Marine Electrotechnology after four years of study, including nine months sea going experience as an ETO cadet. For the final two years of my degree I was sponsored by Northern Marine Manning Services, who placed me on both oil tankers and passenger ships. After graduating from the NMCI I completed my Certificate of Competency exam with the Dept of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and began working for Stena Line as a Junior ETO. I have since been promoted to ETO and have been working for Stena Line ever since."


Sinéad has the proud distinction of being the first female to graduate from the BEng in Marine Electrotechnology Programme at NMCI.


Daire Organ
Electro-technical Officer

“In June 2015 I graduated with a BEng in Marine Electrotechnology at the NMCI after four years which included nine months sea going experience as a Trainee Electro-technical Officer (ETO).


I am employed as an ETO with BP plc, which is one of the world’s seven “supermajor” oil and gas companies. BP also sponsored me for the last two years of my degree at the NMCI. I’m passionate about my job and enjoy working with new technologies and facing new and exciting challenges.

I really enjoyed my time studying at the NMCI and look forward to exploring new opportunities in the future and meeting new and interesting people.”

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish and note the following:

  • Note 1: The programme is normally available only to Irish citizens and EU citizens who are ordinarily resident in Ireland.

  • Note 2: Applicants must pass the approved medical fitness and eyesight tests as specified by the Maritime Safety Directorate of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and are recommended to attend a career advisory session. Offer of a place on the course will be subject to passing the Medical and Eyesight Tests at the time of offer.

  • Note 3: Applicants, other than those indicated in Note 1 above, will need to be sponsored by an approved internationally trading shipping company, provide an IELTS score of 6.5, and also meet the medical requirements for a sea going career.

  • Note 4: Applicants should note that in order to qualify for an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (CoC), the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has set additional criteria with respect to minimum pass marks, academic progression, and students with dyslexia. Download Marine Notice No. 65 of 2013.
  • Note 5: Applicants who are non-Irish citizens should ensure that they qualify for the issuance of a Seafarers Discharge Book in their home country.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT/NMCI full-time courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Electrotechnology will enable the graduate to seek a position of Electro-technical Officer on board an appropriate merchant navy vessel. An Electro-technical Officer (ETO) operates, maintains and calibrates all electrical, electronic and control equipment. The ETO’s role is not restricted to the engine room and may also work on complex systems located throughout any vessel.

Electro-technical Officers of a high standard are particularly sought after within the cruise line industry. There are also a number of opportunities ashore in a wide variety of fields including marine electronic maintenance industries.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Detailed module information for the Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Electrotechnology



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