For some time now, I’ve been writing about Maritime courses on Apnaahangout! So far I’ve written detailed articles about courses like- Marine Engineering, M.E./M.Tech. Marine Engineering, DME (Diploma in Marine Engineering), PGDME (Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering), GME (Graduate Marine Engineering), B.Sc. Nautical Science, GP Rating course and Diploma in Nautical Science. Also, I’ve written guides like- How to do Marine Engineering after Engineering, How to do Marine Engineering after completing Diploma in Engineering and How to do Marine Engineering after completing Mechanical Engineering. In this article, I will be dealing with a job oriented course that will help you build a career in shipping and Merchant Navy sector. The name of the course is- Electro Technical Officer. As usual, I’ll cover details like- basic course details, eligibility criteria, Colleges offering this course, scope, job opportunities after completing the course, salary details etc.
Basic details about Electro Technical Officer course
It is a 17 weeks long fully residential presea training course. This course will train candidates to take on the role of Electro Technical Officer aboard Merchant Ships. Talking about the course content, it mainly covers topics such as- Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Electronics Systems, Basics of Marine Engineering, Fire Prevention and Safety Technology.
When it comes to eligibility criteria, three main things are taken into consideration- Educational Qualifications, Physical and Medical Standards and finally age limit of the candidate. Let us examine each criteria in detail-
The candidate must have passed 12th Board examination (Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects), from a Recognized Board. Minimum marks criteria is around 50% marks in P,C and M Subjects. Apart from this schooling requirement, candidate must also possess Diploma (3 years long course) or Bachelor’s Degree (4 years long B.E./B.Tech. program) in any of the following Discipline- Electrical Engineering/Electronics Engineering/Electrical and Electronics Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering/Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering or other such relevant Branches. In case of Diploma holders, minimum marks criteria is 60% marks and in case of Degree holders’ case, it is 50% marks.
Medical and Physical Standards
Candidate should be physically fit as per Merchant Shipping rules to take on sea faring role. Eyesight should also satisfy the norms set in Merchant Shipping rules.
Candidate should not be more than 35 years of age at the time when the course starts.
Colleges in India offering Electro Technical Officer course
Some prominent Maritime Institutes (Recognized by DGS) offering this course in India are-
- AMET University, Chennai
- Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy, Karjat, Maharashtra
- B.P. Marine Academy, Navi Mumbai
- Coimbatore Marine College, Coimbatore
- Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala, Maharashtra
Scope, Job Opportunities and Salary prospects
After completing the course, one may take up the post of an Electro Technical Officer aboard Merchant Navy ships. Starting salary depends on different factors like- profile of the employer, quality of the Institute from which the course has been pursued, Grades attained etc. It is generally around 30-40k Rupees per month.