FAQ - Career in Merchant Navy as Marine Engineer?
1.) How many types of Courses are available to become a Marine Engineer in Merchant Navy?
There are 4 types of courses through which you could join to become Marine Engineer which are as given below
1.1) 4 years Degree course in Marine Engineering after 10 + 2
1.2) 1 year pre- sea course in Marine Engineering after B.E.(Mechanical)
1.3) 2-y ear Pre-Sea Training for Diploma Holders
1.4) 2 ½ years Pre-Sea Training for Marine Engineers under Alternate Training Scheme. after 10 + 2
(2) How to join 1 Year Pre-sea Training for Mechanical Engineering Graduates?
2.1 ) Minimum Academic Qualification
Graduation in BE (Mechanical ) Engineering / Naval Architecture with minimum marks of 50% in final y ear and with minimum
50% marks in English language at 10th or 12th or in Degree Exam .
2.2 ) Maximum age limit –28 y ears
2.3) Procedure to take admission for 1-year Pre-Sea Training
There are many institutes offering this course, but I will suggest you to go for either MERI (IIMS) or the institute run by the shipping company. Anglo Eastern, Executive ship Management have their institutes conducting this course.
To see the details of the Institutes conducting above courses click here >
Entry to this training scheme will be three times in a year (1st October, 1st February and 1st June every year).
1-y ear Pre-Sea Training for Mechanical Graduate Engineering of which 8 months will be at the academy and 4 months on board ship as Trainee Marine Engineer (Engine Cadet).
Apply to the Shipping company conducting this course. If you fulfil the basic requirements as given in Para 2.1 ), you will be called for an entrance test. which comprises of A technical + aptitude test and psychometric test .
After successful passing the above tests you will undergo an interview and medical test .
On passing all the above tests /examinations the candidate i s selected as a Junior Engineer and he is advised to undergo a 1 y ear pre-sea course at the institute run by the shipping Company. Pre sea training is the requirement by Directorate General of Shippi ng (D.G.)
The candidate must possess the following documents at the time of taking admission.
I . X th, X I I th mark sheets
I I . BE Mechanical Engineering all Semester mark sheets .
I I I . Mechanical Engineering Degree or Provisional Degree Certificate from the University .
IV . A ICTE / UGC approval from Col l ege / Univ ersity .
2.4. Pre-Sea Training Programme.
Cost of pre-sea training i s approximatel y Rs .3.5 lakhs and has to be borne by the candidate
The 1 y ear pre-s ea course i s a residential course of 8 months ( 2 semesters) i .e. you will be residing i n hostel inside the campus .
In the pre-s ea course, you will be imparted trai ni ng i n marine engineering and other related topi cs . You have to complete successfully both the semesters i n order to satisfy requirements for going on board ships .
2.5. Education loan is available.
Once you have been selected by shipping company, they can arrange for banks to give you education loans at existing market rates , you could also on your own approach a bank of your choice to obtain educational loans at favourable interest rates .
2.6. On board training after Completion of 8 months pre sea course.
Keep your passport ready before you join pre-sea institute, if not apply and get it before completion of 1st semester.
Company will call you and brief you about your on board training programme. They may even conduct short courses for you in their own training centre. Company will arrange for your medical test, visa, flight ticket to the port where you will be joining the ship. All the expenses will be borne by the company. If any company asks money for any of these services, then consider that you are being cheated.
The on board training period is 4 months . During this period you will get a stipend of about US$ 400/- to 500/- per month. Boarding and lodging on board the ship is provided free of charge.
Once you complete the onboard training period of 4 months you will be promoted to the rank of junior engineer. As a junior engineer you will get a salary of US$750 to 900/-. After 6 months or more, you will be signed off the ship and sent back to your home.
2.7. To appear for MEO Class IV examination.
After returning from ship, you will prepare for MEO Cl as s IV examination, and you will appear for the same at M M D. Once you qualify in this examination you are eligible to become a fourth engineer of a foreign going ship.
( 3 ) How to join 2 Years Pre-Sea Training to become Marine Engineer for Diploma holders?
This is a golden opportunity for diploma holders to become marine engineer in two years.
3.1 ) Minimum Academic Qualification
(a) Pass Diploma in Mechanical /Marine/ Naval Architecture / Electrical / Electrical and Electronics Engineering with minimum marks of 50% in final year and with minimum of 50% marks in English language at 10th, 12th std or Diploma exam .
(b) Passed Diploma in Shipbuilding Engineering with minimum marks of 50% in final year (4 year course) and with minimum of 50% marks in English language at 10th, 12th std or Diploma exam .
3.2 ) Maximum age limit –28 y ears
3.3) To see the details of the Institutes conducting above courses click here >
(4) How to join 2 and half years Pre-sea Training in Marine Engineering under ATS?
4.1 ) In 1990s, there was acute shortage of deck engineering officers and to fill up the gap the course of 2 ½ years Pre-Sea Training for Marine Engineers under Alternate Training Scheme was started as normal degree course takes 4 years to complete. Now still very few institutes are running the course. This course requires students to goon ship after one year study in college, but not many shipping companies are keen on giving them training berths, hence the scheme did not become popular.
4.2 ) Minimum Academic Qualification
Pass in (10+2) or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English as separate subjects with a PCM average of not less than 60% and with minimum 50% marks in English language at 10th or 12th std exam .
English: Should have passed with not less than 60% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard or in the Degree programme conducted by a recognized Board/University .
4.3) Maximum age limit – 25 years
4.4) To see the details of the Institutes conducting above courses click here >
To check a list of D/G approved institutes click here http://www.dgshipping.com/ > Training Institutes >
To check a list of institutes permanently suspended or withdrawn click here http://www.dgshipping.com/ > Training Institutes >
5. What are Marine Engineering Jobs in Merchant Navy?
Marine Engineering Jobs involve Running and Maintenance of all ship's machinery. Running and maintenance of Main Engine, Diesel generators, boiler, air compressors, various pumps, anti pollution equipments, fire and safety equipments etc. come under Marine engineering jobs.
6. How much is Marine Engineer's Salary?
As we have mentioned in previous section, marine engineering salary starts from US$ 1000 to US$ 15000 depending on the seniority , type of ship and company.