The Apprentice Engineer known as the Engine Cadet is an engine officer in training who, on industrial attachment, board a ship. The person will learn various
operations carried out during the allocated time for sea experience (Cadetship Program). after a degree program, which will allow the person to sit for a license
examination as an Engine Officer of the Watch (EOOW).
The engine cadet is not allowed to carry out jobs or operate any machinery of their own accord. Still, they are attached to the second engineer, the engineer training officer, to learn about the operation of the engine room, not limited to engine room watchkeeping, engine room maintenance work, machinery operation, and paperwork.
QUALIFICATIONS OF AN ENGINE CADET
An engine cadet is expected to be studying or must have completed a course in Marine Engineering in a maritime academy or university and completed the introductory STCW courses before going on board for a sea experience.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN ENGINE CADET
Firstly, An engine cadet is responsible for their safety on board. The duties & responsibility of the engine cadet is not limited to
- filling and performing a very project in the training logbook
- assisting as required in every job in the engine room.
- cleaning of the Engine Control Room (ECR)
A cadet onboard is expected to participate in activities on board such as drills (fire, abandon ship, oil spillage, etc.), safety meetings, and toolbox meetings. Activities onboard will help the cadet familiarize themselves with actions for safety.
On arrival on board, the cadet would be taken around the ship for familiarization by the officer in charge.
- The engine cadet is expected to know all the existing emergency doors or hatch in the engine room for their safety.
- Familiarize with the piping system in the engine room.
- know how to interpret, accept and reset alarms no trace and interpret line diagrams.
- Learn procedures for starting and stopping types of machinery.
- identify machinery switches on the main and emergency switchboards.
the cadet is expected to ask questions regularly to get clarity in other to have good knowledge of the operation onboard.
DURATION OF CADETSHIP
The cadetship program is expected to be not less than 12 months of sea experience. This program can be split into two halves (6 months stay onboard then two months off, after which the person will come back to wait another six months onboard), but this solely depends on the company’s cadetship program. After the cadetship program, the cadet can apply and sit for a licensing exam to get the certificate of competency (COC) as engine officer of the watch.