Electro-technical officers are engineer officers, working under the Chief Engineer, who whilst having the same qualifications as the engineers have followed a slightly different course of training to give them a greater knowledge of the many and varied electrical and electronic systems aboard modern ships.The requirement for electro-technical officers on board ships varies greatly. On board a diesel electric powered cruise ship, for example, there may be several ETOs who spend almost all of their time dealing with electric and electronic matters; whereas, on a small coastal vessel the ETO may well spend most of his/her time dealing with mechanical matters and may only be called upon for electrical and electronic matters as and when required.The ETO is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all electrical and electronic equipment, installations and machinery. This also includes radio communications and electronic navigation aids.
An ETO or Electrician should hold the MCA STCW Basic Safety certification, and while not mandatory, may also hold qualifications in electrics/electronics. The MCA STCW Engineering certification may also be a requirement, depending on the yacht.
An ETO or Electrician would usually earn a salary of between £2,000 and £3,500 per month, depending on experience and the scope of the position.
Electro-Technical Officer Programs:-
Entry Requirements: 120 UCAS Points with GCSE (Grade C or above) in Mathematics, English and Science based subject, including physics.
Sample Programme Structure:
Induction - College (1 week)
1st Phase - College (24 weeks)
2nd Phase - Sea Time (25 weeks)
3rd Phase - College (28 weeks)
4th Phase - Sea Time (40 weeks)
5th Phase - College (16 weeks)
Academic and Vocational Examinations
Work Based Learning Projects
MNTB Training Record Book
MCA Orals Examination
Leading to: FD(Sc) Electrical and Electronic Marine Engineering.
MCA ETO Certificate of Competence
As part of your training you will typically study the following subjects and attend the following short courses:
Mathematics for Electrical Engineers, Applications of Power Electronics, Electrical & Electronic Principles & Systems, Engineering Science, Marine & Business Management for ETO's, Electronic Control Principles, Operation & Maintenance of Electrical Plant, Marine Navigation System Fault Diagnosis, Radio Communications, Marine Navigation Systems.
Personal Survival Techniques
Fire Prevention and Firefighting
Elementary First Aid
Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
Proficiency in Medical First Aid Aboard Ship
Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats