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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”