Start your career as an Engineer Officer in international shipping.

A marine Engineering Officer is responsible for the safety, performance and maintenance of the engine room and ship’s technical systems.

The cadetship is fully sponsored by employers which means cadets gain the university-level qualification without the worry of fees. Cadets will also earn throughout their training which is a great opportunity for those aiming to become a marine Engineering Officer.


What you will study

We offer the Marine Engineer Officer HNC/HND programme which is made up of a number of phases, split between training at sea with a shipping company and onshore at Humber Maritime College. Cadets will begin with a foundation phase, which is followed by the Higher National Certificate (HNC), and then have the option to top-up to the Higher National Diploma (HND). Cadets will also undertake the mandatory STCW courses and study a Level 2 course in workshop skills.

For detailed information on the five phases, head to Cadet Programme.

Where you will study

Your Engineering Cadetship will be based across two centres, giving you access to a wide range of education, welfare and social facilities. The specialist marine lectures will take place at Humber Maritime College, while workshops activity will take place at the Ofsted Outstanding Grimsby Institute, a short distance away from Humber Maritime College and also near to our halls of residence.


Joining the Merchant Navy

A marine Engineering Officer is responsible for the safety, performance and maintenance of the engine room and ship’s technical systems.

Entry Requirements

All cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. There will be a range of assessment methods used throughout the cadetship.


Please apply directly to us, we will then pass on your application form to your preferred training management company.

Cadet Programme

From Phase 1 - The Foundation Phase through to Phase 5 - Continuation of academic programme, additional short course, exam and oral preparation.

Halls of Residence

While studying at Humber Maritime College, cadets will stay at our halls of residence for the first phase and may choose to return for subsequent phases or rent local housing.

About us

We have a history in delivering maritime education and training through our nautical college and are well positioned to offer our cadets a comprehensive training programme.

The Industry

The Merchant Navy is the international commercial shipping industry, transporting both cargo and people to destinations worldwide.

Cadet Benefits

There are many benefits for cadets, both during training and once qualified. Once qualified as a marine Engineering Officer, cadets will normally begin as a 4th engineer and can progress to becoming a chief engineer.