Engine cadets are the aspiring Engine officers. Their superior is the Chief Engineer, who will according to their training program, inform them of their duties. Engine Cadets are trainee engineers who are completing sea time necessary before they can obtain a watch keeping licence. As part of the team servicing the working belly of the ship, Engineering Cadets assist and understudy the ship’s Engineering Officers in their duties.
Engineering Cadets enter into a training program that lasts between 18 months and three years, a large part of which will be spent onboard receiving structured training and building up experience.
Supplemented by shore-based learning, becoming an Engineering Cadet is the first step to reaching an Officer ranking onboard.
Working through an internship-like program aboard ships, an Engineering Cadet will get involved in work in the control room, under the supervision of the Engineering Officers. They will also assist Engineering Officers in maintaining the ship’s main engines, and running and maintaining all mechanical equipment, including the operation and maintenance of pumps and fuel systems, electrical generating and distribution equipment, refrigeration, air conditioning plant, lifts, and cranes.
Becoming an Engineering Cadet is the first move towards a rewarding career in the all-important engineering department of a merchant ship.
Under Engine Cadet below mentioned courses are available: