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Workshops and laboratories

Cadets in engineering workshopOur engineering workshops include extensive facilities for bench/hand fitting and the use of machine tools, welding, marine power plant and electrical maintenance.

We have laboratories for thermodynamics, mechanical and control engineering experiments. There is also a specialised control laboratory for electronic navigational systems operations and the maintenance of radars, navigational aids and control systems.

Our workshops and laboratories include the following engineering practice areas: 

  • Extensive facilities for bench/hand fitting and the use of machine tools, turning, drilling, milling etc.
  • A welding shop where gas, electric arc, MIG and TIG welding procedures are taught.
  • A variety of diesel engines, pumps, boiler and other ancillary equipment utilised to provide hands on experience in the maintenance and operation of marine power plant.
  • Electrical workshop facilities where electrical maintenance and operational and fault finding procedures on such items as switchboards, motors and circuits may be demonstrated and practiced.
  • Laboratories for the conduct of thermodynamics, mechanics and control engineering experiments and development of associated practical expertise.
  • A specialised control laboratory for electronic navigational systems operations and maintenance on such items as radars, navigational aids and control systems.

From September 2017, the engineering workshops and laboratories will be located at Solent University's St Mary's campus.

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Student in engineering workshopUnless a candidate is exempted by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) due to previous industrial experience/qualifications, an MNTB Workshop Skills Training programme has to be undertaken and passed before initial certification as Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) can be gained.

The training programme covers all marine engineering workshop skills elements, including use and care of hand tools, measuring equipment, drilling machines, centre lathes, vertical milling machines, off-hand grinding machines and welding equipment. The programme then advances to cover maintenance skills, assembly skills and electrical/electronic practice.

This training programme is normally undertaken as part of one of the EOOW Unlimited Certification programmes.