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    Hello I'm interested in becoming an ETO particularly on a cruise ship and was wondering whether there were any ETOs out there who could share their experience of what the work is like? Also do ETOs work watches like deck officers or are they day workers?

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    On cruise ships ETO's are on day work not watches. Only deck and engine officers watch keep

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      Do they spend most of the time in the engine room?

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        NO, ETO's wander about the ship fixing people's TVs, the computer system, the radars, the fire detection system, the satellite connection, and stuff.... Saw an ETO cadet folder the other day (green jobbie) and there was no engine room stuff in it at all. There seem to be two ways of going at it - pure ETO (green folder) which is purely electrical stuff, or engine cadet with some ETO stuff added in (purple folder), for which you will do all the engineering stuff plus the 'leccy bits, so would probably get your thirds ticket, which would make you more employable, I would have thought. Any ETO's/Ginger-beers able to confirm/laugh at a deckie's viewpoint of this?

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          Um....
          ETOs on the rest of the merchant fleet are primarily responsible for the maintaining the electrical systems on the engines. They do spend most of their time in the engine room. It's just on cruise ships, they have alot of ancillary duties as there is so much else in the way of electrical equipment.

          ETOs are also responsible for the maintainence of the GMDSS equipment on the bridge, while operational tests are carried out by the officer of the watch there are some SOLAS required tests, such as the battery drainage tests that have to be completed, us deckies lake the technical knowhow to perform these tests.

          ETOs on cruise ships are also in charge of a large number of technical staff who are the guys fixing TVs and hotel equipment. The ETOs are more involved in the organisation of such maintainence rather than carrying it out themselves

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            The ETO officer side of the technical department usually has a SETO and his first ETO who are responsible for electrical systems on ship. Then we have two 2nds, one is hotel and one is engine room related. Then we have a 3rd who is lifts and other smaller jobs.

            They each do a 'duty day' and are on call via pager for 24 hours. They have nothing to do with watchkeeping and theyre jobs are usually determined by defects reported by watchkeepers.

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              Re: ETO on a cruise ship?

              Originally posted by Randomist
              ETOs on cruise ships are also in charge of a large number of technical staff who are the guys fixing TVs and hotel equipment. The ETOs are more involved in the organisation of such maintainence rather than carrying it out themselves
              That depends entirely on the size of cruise ship!!!

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                Re: ETO on a cruise ship?

                Originally posted by size4riggerboots
                Originally posted by Randomist
                ETOs on cruise ships are also in charge of a large number of technical staff who are the guys fixing TVs and hotel equipment. The ETOs are more involved in the organisation of such maintainence rather than carrying it out themselves
                That depends entirely on the size of cruise ship!!!
                Theres always atleast some electro techs on all of our cruise ships, even the tiny ones. My ships medium size and we have 5 guys so there may be like 2 or even 1.

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                  Ranks are the same. 3rd eto - 3rd eng, 2nd eto - 2nd eng.

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                    Originally posted by Tom
                    Do ETOs earn more than the normal engineers?
                    No. Depending on ship type they will normally earn roughly the same amount of money as their equivalent engineer rank.
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                      Re: ETO on a cruise ship?

                      Originally posted by GuinnessMan
                      Originally posted by Tom
                      Do ETOs earn more than the normal engineers?
                      No. Depending on ship type they will normally earn roughly the same amount of money as their equivalent engineer rank.
                      Not to be rude to any ETOs/potential ETOs why would you want to be one, If you earn the same but have lees long term career prospects?

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                        Re: ETO on a cruise ship?

                        Because you don't ever have to go near the **** tank?

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                          Re: ETO on a cruise ship?

                          Originally posted by Lewis
                          Originally posted by GuinnessMan
                          Originally posted by Tom
                          Do ETOs earn more than the normal engineers?
                          No. Depending on ship type they will normally earn roughly the same amount of money as their equivalent engineer rank.
                          Not to be rude to any ETOs/potential ETOs why would you want to be one, If you earn the same but have lees long term career prospects?
                          They are interested in electrical stuff?

                          At the mo there are no "extra" CoC exams/study to take.

                          They can earn a good salary without the stress of being "in charge"?

                          Good leccy jobs shoreside?

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                            I was just under the impression that ETOs initially got paid more than equivalent engineer or deck ranks but had less room for advancement.

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                              ETO's will have a CoC, or something alsong those lines, to sit soon enough. They'll be sitting orals before you know it.

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