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    Hi guys, I'm doing some searching through this site and I'm seeing worrying things about the companies linked with SSTG sponsorship. Most of the threads saying that they just drop you after you're done with whichever degree you do.

    I've applied for an ETO. Does anyone here, cadet or officer, know which company I would be best of accepting for ETO sponsorship?

    Also, can an ETO progress up the ranks as well as an Engineer Officer? I've tried looking everywhere, but most say that the ranking system only applies to Engineer officers, and that ETO's progression is subject to the ship?

    Anyhoo. Thanks for your time.

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    I'm starting as a eto for carnival uk, doesn't seem like theres a lot of eto's out there but also seems like other ships don't usually have eto's or just have one/a trained mekky, compared to cruise ships which have a team of them? (correct me if I'm wrong).

    So from what I've read, I'd look into cruise lines if you want to be eto, carnival also send their eto's to south Tyneside who seem to be the only ones who offer a separate electrical course compared to the others colleges who just put you on the mekky course but change a few units for electrical

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bulman View Post
      I'm starting as a eto for carnival uk, doesn't seem like theres a lot of eto's out there but also seems like other ships don't usually have eto's or just have one/a trained mekky, compared to cruise ships which have a team of them? (correct me if I'm wrong).

      So from what I've read, I'd look into cruise lines if you want to be eto, carnival also send their eto's to south Tyneside who seem to be the only ones who offer a separate electrical course compared to the others colleges who just put you on the mekky course but change a few units for electrical
      Yeah I've been reading that ETOs get sent onto larger, more technical ships. DP seems to be big just now for eto, same with cable laying ships etc.

      Just concerned about progression cause we don't get a OOW cert. Well, the last time I checked an ETO doesn't do the OOW oral exam at STC. Also jobs ashore, maybe have to look to the private sector.

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      • #4
        This might ramble a bit as you have raised a few points,
        1) Few companies offer a job at the end of a cadetship, Carnival are an example you will be tied to them for two years after you qualify (which is great if its going well or pants if you dont like them) SSTG, Clyde manage cadets for other companies who often use the tax allowance for cadets, so its good for them to train you but not employ you. however there is a fair amount of work out there so its not that bad, you also have more choice of companies to choose from if your not worried about having to find a job.

        2) Ranks, currently the ETO course is very new, it covers a lot more electronics than what the older version of an EOOW eto did but does mean you arent an engineer and as such theres not the progression up the ladder. That said its a job that is based on experience (although there are some qualifications that will set you apart aswell) so you do have a progression as such for salary although its probably a case that staying in one company for longer is good.

        ?) ship types, theres ships that wont carry ETO's however it looks like if they do its going to move towards needing proper maritime qualifications (things like radio and nav maint) to be able to work in the roll which is good. Lots of other ship types do carry them, passanger both ro-ro and cruise, tankers especially gas but all stena tankers will carry one not sure about other companies, Reserch, Dive, Drilling, generally offshore will have something and maybe a few depending on what it is doing

        4) Work, yeah obviously theres a huge difference between ship types, lots of sensors for hydrocarbons/oxygen on tankers lots of laundry/ lifts on a crusie but its broken up and theres some things like the windsurf that will only carry one, so small cruise ship. offshore things will vary you might also be looking after a science teams instruments aswell as the generators.

        I have run out of things to say, theres a few threads with stuff you can always have a search around
        you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stew. View Post
          Yeah I've been reading that ETOs get sent onto larger, more technical ships. DP seems to be big just now for eto, same with cable laying ships etc.

          Just concerned about progression cause we don't get a OOW cert. Well, the last time I checked an ETO doesn't do the OOW oral exam at STC. Also jobs ashore, maybe have to look to the private sector.
          Although the ETO is separate from the typical 'tickets', there are rumours that the IMO and STCW will now formalise the training and certification of ETO's.

          As for companies, Global Marine Systems Ltd operate a fleet of DP cable lay and project ROV vessels... normally two ETO's onboard - one senior and one junior. I hear that they are in need of ETO"s and therefore any prospects on qualifying will be good!

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