Newly qualified marine engineering officers will usually join their company’s fleet as Fourth Engineer Officer, undertaking engine room watchkeeping duties and having responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the ship's main propulsion unit and other vital services.
As their skills and experience develop, young officers progress to the higher certificates of competency, leading eventually to the Chief Engineer Officer’s certificate and possibly to the position of Chief Engineer Officer.
Marine engineering officers acquire a range of transferable skills through professional development and experience, which have many applications in jobs ashore, both related and unrelated to the marine industries. Shipping companies often recruit their shore based engineering superintendents from seagoing staff, and Classification societies and marine insurance companies recruit machinery surveyors from the same source. The MCA also requires surveyors and examiners, while maritime colleges recruit lecturers and assessors.
Marine Electro-Technical Officers (METOs)
Newly qualified marine electro-technical officers (METOs) will normally work within the engineering department, assisting the marine engineer officers with their specialist knowledge of control engineering and electronic systems including propulsion control, radio communications and electronic navigation aids. Fault diagnostics and repair of a range of electrical and electronic equipment is a prime responsibility.
METOs should have the opportunity to develop their careers along a professional electrical engineering path, perhaps leading to the rank of Chief Electro-Technical Officer, Chief Technical Officer or Electrical Superintendent (company dependent).
METOs also acquire a range of transferable skills through professional development and experience, which have many applications in jobs ashore, both related and unrelated to the marine industries.