As the leading provider of Merchant Navy Officer Cadetships in the UK, Chiltern Maritime is here to help you navigate the different type of maritime cadetship available to you and choose the right path for your career in the maritime industry.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the three main types of cadetships:
- Deck Officer Cadetships
- Marine Engineering Officer Cadetships
- Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Cadetships
Whether you’re just starting out or are looking to advance your career, Chiltern Maritime has a cadetship that can help you reach your goals.
Keep reading to learn more on the different type of maritime cadetship and how we can help you embark on a rewarding career in the Merchant Navy.
How Do Merchant Navy Cadetships Work?
Cadetships in the Merchant Navy are a great way to start a career in the maritime industry. Essentially, a cadetship is a combination of on-the-job training and formal education that will prepare you for a role onboard as a ship’s officer.
When you start a cadetship, you’ll be Sponsored by either a shipping company direct or a Charitable Trust, and during your sea phases, you will be assigned to a vessel, where you’ll be mentored and work under the guidance of experienced officers.
You’ll also spend part of your time at a maritime college or academy, where you’ll learn the theoretical aspects of your chosen field.
Cadetships typically last between three and four years, and you’ll receive a bursary throughout your training. Once you complete your cadetship, you’ll be qualified to work as a ship’s officer and take on more responsibility on board.
Now, let’s learn more about the different kinds of cadetships.
Deck Officer Cadetships
Deck Cadetships are the most traditional type of maritime cadetship in the Merchant Navy. As a Deck Cadet, you’re responsible for the day-to-day safe running and navigation of the ship. You’ll learn to read weather forecasts, plot courses, interpret navigation charts, and perform other duties related to the safe navigation and operation of the ship.
Your day-to-day responsibilities at sea may include:
- Assisting the senior deck officers with navigation, cargo operations, and the general maintenance of the ship.
- Learning and following all relevant laws, regulations, and procedures related to maritime operations.
- Keeping accurate records and logs of the ship’s operations, including its position, speed, and course.
Career Progression for Deck Officer Cadets
A Deck Cadetship opens many doors in the maritime industry. After completing your cadetship and obtaining the necessary licences, you’ll be qualified to work as a Deck Officer or Office of the Watch on board commercial vessels.
From there, you could move up to positions such as Master Mariner or Marine Superintendent in charge of a fleet of ships. With enough experience and further qualifications, you could even move into shore-based roles, such as Marine Consultant or Operations Manager.
Marine Engineering Officer Cadetships
Marine Engineering Cadetships, on the other hand, focus on the technical side of shipping. As a Marine Engineering Cadet, you’ll learn how to operate and maintain the engines and other mechanical systems on board ships. This includes everything from diesel engines to electrical systems and refrigeration units.
At sea, Marine Engineering Cadets may be responsible for:
- Assisting the senior marine engineering officers with the operation, maintenance, and repair of the ship’s engines and other mechanical systems (e.g., hoists, pumps, steering gear).
- Carrying out regular inspections and tests of the systems to ensure they are safe and operational.
- Making minor, mid-journey repairs to equipment or systems when necessary.
Career Progression for Marine Engineering Officer Cadets
Like Deck Officer Cadets, Marine Engineering Cadets can use their cadetship as a stepping stone to an exciting career in the maritime industry. After completing your cadetship and obtaining the necessary licences, you’ll be qualified to work as a Marine Engineering Officer or Officer of the Watch on board commercial vessels.
Again, with enough experience and further qualifications, you could move into shore-based roles. For example, you could become a Marine Engineer in charge of the design, construction, and maintenance of ships.
Alternatively, you could become an Operations Manager or Marine Consultant in a port authority or maritime company.
Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Cadetships
Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Cadetships combine elements of both Deck and Marine Engineering Cadetships. As an ETO Cadet, you’ll learn about electrical and electronic systems on board ships, including navigation and communications equipment, as well as generators and other power systems.
At sea, you may be responsible for:
- Assisting the senior ETO officers with the operation, maintenance, and repair of electrical and electronic systems on board.
- Carrying out regular inspections and tests of all electronic systems to ensure they are safe and operational when needed.
- Practising safe working procedures when dealing with hazardous materials or high voltage systems.
Career Progression for Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Cadets
With the right qualifications and experience, you could progress to positions such as Senior ETO or Technical Manager. You may also be able to move into shore-based roles, such as Marine Consultant or Operations Manager. The possibilities after becoming an ETO Cadet are endless!
Why Choose a Marine Engineering Officer or ETO Cadetship?
While Deck Cadetships are a valuable stepping stone to a career in the Merchant Navy, Marine Engineering and ETO Cadetships offer more specialised training and potentially better job prospects.
The shipping industry is becoming increasingly technical, and demand for skilled Marine Engineers and ETOs is on the rise. More advanced mechanical and electrical systems are being used on board vessels, and shipping companies need personnel who can operate and maintain them safely and efficiently.
Plus, both Marine Engineering and ETO Cadetships teach highly transferable skills that can be applied to a range of roles and industries. This makes them attractive options for those who are seeking an exciting, rewarding career with plenty of potential for growth.
So, if you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding career in the maritime industry, a Marine Engineering or ETO Cadetship may be the right choice for you.
Jumpstart Your Maritime career with Chiltern Maritime
At Chiltern Maritime, we provide a range of cadetship programmes to help you get started in the maritime industry. Our training programmes include Deck Officer Cadetships, Marine Engineering and ETO Cadetships.
We have 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, and our experienced team will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your chosen field.
Throughout your cadetship, you’ll be in contact with our team of mentors, who will provide you with personalised support and guidance.
So, if you’re looking to jumpstart your career in the maritime industry and you now have a better understanding of the different type of maritime cadetship, contact us today to find out more about our cadetship programmes.