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Do you enjoy problem solving?

Modern ships use complex equipment and tools to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the vessel. Our engine officer courses put you in the perfect position to start a career at sea. Marine Engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.


Our variety of courses means that we have several different types of laboratories: for electronic navigation systems, for thermodynamics and mechanics, and control and instrumentation laboratories that come with hydraulic, electrical and electro-pneumatic control systems.

Near the central campus, there are facilities for Marine & Offshore Safety Training and fire training, while Vessel Traffic Service courses and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System stations are on the campus itself.


Over 90% of world trade is transported by ship and around 1.7 million seafarers make sure global trade continues 24/7 so the world doesn’t run out of supplies.

Employment prospects for marine engineers and naval architects are expected to increase by nine percent between 2014-2024, which is faster than average. This means that the demand for marine engineers is higher than ever and now’s the best time to take a course in marine engineering.

Shipping is estimated to make a total contribution of £12.5 billion (direct, indirect and induced impact) each year

The maritime sector contributes up to £13.8 billion and 260,000 jobs to the UK economy annually.


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  • Chief Engineer
  • Second Engineer
  • Junior Engineer / Fourth Engineer
  • Motorman
  • Electrician
Careers at sea include


  • Project Management
  • Maritime Insurance
  • Oilfield Services
  • Education / Lecturing
  • Marine Superintendent / Surveyor
  • Maintenance Engineer


  • Marine systems and components
  • Theoretical and hands-on knowledge in the engine plant workshops
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Industry research exercises

Phase one, three and five:

  • Academic Study & Workshop / Practical elements
  • Based at college
  • Safety and survival training at our Marine Offshore Safety Training Centre

Phase two and four:

  • Sea phase
  • Practical experience on board a vessel
  • On-the-job training

Both academic and practical study will ensure that you gain the experience and knowledge to pass your final oral exams, which will enable you to become a fully qualified Officer.


Our school leavers vocational and academic pre-cadet engineering courses are of one year duration, aimed to equip you with the skills to progress to sponsorship with a shipping company (formerly known as a cadetship).

We also organise various college trips throughout the year to give you on-the-job experience such as trips to Port of Tyne and Port of Blyth plus an annual trip on the DFS ferry to Amsterdam to get a taste of life of what a career at sea entails with a tour of a working engine room.

Upon completing our Pre-Cadetship, after directly applying to a shipping company with our assistance, you will undertake a three-year Officer Cadet training programme.

Being sponsored means your Higher Education fees are covered, so you’ll have no student debt and earn a salary.

Success Story

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I’ve learnt safety training, firefighting and a wide range of engineering skills. Though challenging, it’s been an excellent opportunity to do things I would never have otherwise done, whilst gaining great qualifications that will allow me to work at sea.

Adam Marshall
Marine Engineering Cadet
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