Officer of the Watch Orals Preparation (Engine)


Course Code: MX1EC340


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
28/10/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £690Enquire  
24/02/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £690Enquire  
02/06/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £690Enquire  
09/06/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £690Enquire  

Course Overview

Prepare for your Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) orals examination.

This intensive programme of study will provide the knowledge and understanding required by junior officers to perform as Engineering Officers of the Watch on board merchant vessels.

You will learn techniques to enable you to express your knowledge and to portray a high level of management skills during the oral examination interview.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, however, this is a single element in a suite of qualifications needed when applying for the first certificate of competency
(EOOW). However, we do recommend that candidates have completed their approved sea service for this qualification in order to give context and add experience.

Career Options and Progression

Completion of the Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) certificate of competency will provide the necessary qualification to perform as a Marine Engineer on board a merchant vessel. You may progress to a senior certificate of competency at management level.

Assessment Methods

There are no specific modules or assessments within this this course as it is the preparation for a formal orals assessment by an external examiner. The syllabus
followed is an international standard that is contained within the Standards for Training and Certification of Watch-keepers (STCW).

The syllabus includes:

  • Maintain a safe engineering watch
  • Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems
  • Operate alternators, generators and control systems
  • Maintain marine engineering systems
  • Ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements
  • Maintain seaworthiness of the ship
  • Prevent, control and fight fires on board
  • Operate life-saving appliances
  • Legislative requirements

The full syllabus can be found in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Guidance Notice (MGN) 69 - STCW Regulation – III/I – Syllabus -Engineering Officer of the Watch – B.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching and learning is wholly class-room based and is centred on the knowledge and understanding required for the oral assessment. Questions and answer sessions are the core with any deficiencies addressed through explanation and relation to the appropriate regulations.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

There is no work placement or field trips as part of this qualification.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Accommodation, transfers and meals are not provided within this course.

All equipment required by the course is provided.

The cost of the MCA Orals examination is not included in the above course fees.

Please note that candidates are required to book their own oral appointment.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: N/A

Terms and Conditions

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