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    Hello all, this is perhaps not a question for a cadet forum but I was wondering if anyone knew whether it is possible to become a eto without going through a cadetship? I am a substation engineer for a distribution company, so know all about hv/lv transformers, switching etc does anyone know what my chances are of securing a job at sea without having done a cadetship?

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    I've known a couple of people who were electrical engineers in the navy come straight across. There is no retirement at the moment for an ETO certificate of competency, although I have heard it maybe coming about.

    Not something I've personally looked very far into. Anyone got any ideas?

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    • #3
      Is this something for the Anon forum?

      There is a CoC coming in shortly for the ETO's, although when and how I don't know...
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      • #4
        well theres no harm in sending your cv to some firms and see what they say

        you'd need the basic safety courses though (firefighting, sea-survival, first aid and the other one)

        Quite a bit of the job seems to be fault finding from just cable termination diagrams rather than full schematics. What are you fault finding skills like?

        You'd be best getting a copy of the training tasks from the new eto training record book to see how you match up - I'm sure it was posted up on the forum some time ago
        Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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        • #5
          Yeah how the CoC is being implimented is something of a mystery it, however the basic idea is that when the rules associated of STCW2010 are in force to be an ETO you will need the CoC, now how people who work currently without it i would guess will be offered certification based on x years experience however im not sure that they have crossed this bridge yet. previously it did seem to be acceptable that if you wanted an ETO you simply found someone shoreside and gave them the relavent short courses. wether or not that can still be done i would guess your needing to talk to some companies.
          The alternative is that they may offer the equavalent of the engineers fast track where you complete the sea time, and a limited amount of college aswell but not the full cadetship.

          the other area is to look at offshore, different range of short safety courses but very similar equipment.

          obviously theres a degree of HV work on some ships, LV on all, but theres probably more of a job dealing with instruments, automation and fault finding.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
            Is this something for the Anon forum?
            Good point, consider it moved

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            • #7
              Hi,
              the best thing to do is get your STCW courses done, a web search will show you what these are. After you have these you can work at sea with your current qualifications. In order to be an ETO you need to have mechanical certification as well as electrical. You will be able to go to sea as an electrician and then get mechanical qualifications as and when you want, but it is not necessary. if you have HV experience you will find it easy to get a position at sea, I know that there are companies in the north sea seeking shore-side electricians with HV experience to go to sea. Hope this helps

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ETO View Post
                Hi,
                the best thing to do is get your STCW courses done, a web search will show you what these are. After you have these you can work at sea with your current qualifications. In order to be an ETO you need to have mechanical certification as well as electrical. You will be able to go to sea as an electrician and then get mechanical qualifications as and when you want, but it is not necessary. if you have HV experience you will find it easy to get a position at sea, I know that there are companies in the north sea seeking shore-side electricians with HV experience to go to sea. Hope this helps
                Out of interest what mechanical certification do you mean, is it EOOW or sometihng else, Just since from my course which gives an ETO CoC has pretty much no mechanical component apart from some pretty basic engineering theory in the first term. Ive also had very little experince during my sea time with anything i would consider mechanical engineering.
                It seems to depend on companies what exactly they are looking for.
                you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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                • #9
                  The MCA have finally revealed what those of us currently carrying out the duties of an ETO need to do in order to obtain a CoC: http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/interim_eto_transfer_1.7.pdf

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