So you’d prefer to be an Engineer? Here’s how…

I don’t mention the engineers in my blog much unless I’m slagging them off for being lucky enough to work 8-5 but they do a great job and this is a post on a little of what they do and the HND training programme that they can follow, engineering covers a great many subjects and to to be fair I know little about it so this post might seem a little generic for which I apologise but I had the sense to be a Deck Officer instead….
Marine Engineers ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the ship’s mechanical and electrical equipment onboard, including carrying out repairs, inspections and maintenance programmes of propulsion systems, refrigeration machinery, desk machinery and passenger systems. They manage power, fuelling and distributions systems.
The Chief Engineer Officer is in charge of the engineering department and is responsible for the working of all equipment onboard be it electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic. He/she supervises the work of the engine room and is assisted by a team of engineers including the 2nd Engineer Officer, 3rd Engineer Officer and sometimes Junior Engineers and Trainee Engineering Officers.
This is not definitive and the colleges make a big effort to keep as much content as up to date with modern day practices as much a possible, so the following is therefore subject to change.
Phase 1-
Designed to make you ready for your first trip to sea and is a induction to college and college life. Also during this time you will do many of your STCW’95 basic courses often referred to as ‘short courses’ these courses are:
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Basic Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, and Personal Survival Techniques.
Also in this phase you will cover study skills, introductory work relating to the shipping industry, marine engineering practice and Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) workshop skills.
Phase 2-
This is the first sea phase where you commence work based learning projects of well defined tasks, reports and projects set by the college.
Phase two is often a very daunting experience, especially for those who might of never been onboard anything bigger than a ferry before.
The main purpose of this phase is shipboard introduction, familiarisation & development of basic seamanship and seafarer skills.
Phase 3-
During this college phase you will complete your HNC in Marine Mechanical Engineering. Which combines Hands-on training and assessments to satisfy MNTB skills specification. Additional theoretical work and MNTB workshop skills will also be covered during this time.
Phase 4-
A sea phase that will see completion of work based learning tasks reinforcing and developing theory studied in college.
This sea phase is a lot more involved and during this time you will be expected to carry out many tasks without supervision and  show some initiative in getting all of your Training Record Book completed and emphasis moving from basic skills to engineering operations, duties and responsibilities.
By the end of this sea phase you will be doing almost everything a fully qualified officer does (often more) and may have been on a number of different types of ships and will have most likely have circumnavigated the earth. This is a truly awesome phase because you know so much that you really can become part of the team onboard and can be given lots of responsibility.
Phase 5-
Your final college phase  in which there will be  an assessment of evidence produced during sea phases. This phase also focuses on preparation for (MCA) written and orals examinations. You will also undertake the last of the short courses that are required to become an officer in this phase, they are;
Advanced Fire Fighting, Medical First Aid, and Proficiency in Survival Craft.
Meeting all the requirements listed in this post and the MCA Oral examination, will qualify you for your first Certificate of Competency (CoC)
This entry was posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 2:10 pm by The Mariner. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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