Overview top

This programme is a three year sandwich course that has been designed to enable marine cadets to achieve the academic standard necessary for the qualification of Foundation Degree in Marine Electrical Engineering and the STCW approved certificate as Electro-technical Officer (Operational).

More about this programme

The main deliverable objective of this award is to provide the academic or underpinning knowledge required by practising Electro-Technical Officers within today’s maritime industries. The programme strategy mirrors the established and accepted practice of integrating the practical and theoretical elements to provide a programme that corresponds with existing engineering training programmes.

The initial knowledge and skills delivered within level 4 will enable the range of knowledge anticipated at entry to be developed to allow application of skills on-board ship. This knowledge will be developed within the level 5 modules delivered in the final two semesters. The college based programmes are fully integrated with industrial or sea based training that meet the industry’s requirements for a structured and phased training scheme. During the sea phases students will undertake work based learning that is supported during the college based phases, as well as completing a sea phase record book of practical training undertaken on-board.

Modular structure

Engineering Mathematics; Marine Operations; Electronic Principles and Control; Engineering Science; Work Based Learning and Operational Management; Electrical Principles and Power; Electrical Plant Operation; Electrical and Electronic Principles; Radio Communication; Marine Control Systems; Marine Navigation Systems; Engineering Project

Entry Requirements top

A UCAS tariff of 56 is preferred, including 12 UCAS points from a Maths and/or Science subject;

plus GCSE (or equivalent as approved by the College) Grade ‘C’ (grade 5) or above in all the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English language

Required to secure sponsorship from a shipping company who will provide the industrial placements on-board ship.

Assessment top

Mathematics for Marine Engineers STE 151

Algebraic methods: polynomial division, partial fractions, completing the square, exponentials and logarithms, power series. Trigonometric methods: sinusoidal waveforms, applications, trigonometric identities. Calculus methods: differentiation and integration of standard functions, higher differentiation and integration, applications.

Assessment: 40% Formal examination / 60% classroom assessment 

Applications of power electronics STE 162

Rectification: Circuits and waveforms, Parameters, Device protection, Measurement techniques. Control of DC Motors: Speed control, Torque control. Control of AC Induction Motors: Frequency conversion, Speed and torque control. Industrial Motor Controllers: DC and AC motor controllers.

Assessment: 50% Formal Examination / 50% Coursework

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Systems STE 163

Circuit Theory. Capacitors. Magnetism. A.C. Theory. Transformers. Secondary Cells (Lead Acid). Specific Gravity during charge/discharge cycle. Signal Shaping. Power Supplies. D.C. Transients. Semiconductor Applications. Amplifiers. Digital Devices and Systems. Counters: flip flops (RS, JK, D type). Peripheral Devices. Displays. Measuring Instruments. Safety Precautions.

Assessment: 60% Formal examination / 40% coursework

Engineering Science STE 164

Static Engineering Systems: Simply supported beams, beams and columns, torsion in circular shafts. Dynamic Engineering Systems: Uniform acceleration, Energy transfer, Oscillating mechanical systems, DC and AC Theory: DC electrical principles, AC electrical principles, Magnetism and transformer. Information and Energy Control Systems: Information systems, Energy control systems, Interface system components.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% Coursework

Work Based Investigation STE 155

Plan, undertake, document, prepare technical reports, prepare and deliver and oral presentation for an investigation of one's own choosing.

Assessment: 80% Coursework / 20% Presentation

Marine Management for ETOs STE 158

Professional codes, duty owed to the employer, colleagues, workforce, customer and general public, legal constraints and liabilities, responsibility to avoid pollution, waste of material and financial assets, danger to the environment. Health and safety: legal obligations. Management: The management of personnel, effective teambuilding, leadership and motivation for both individuals and teams, process of decision making. Legal requirements relating to Merchant Shipping Acts The functions of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), classification societies, P&I clubs and the Salvage Association. Review of relevant International Maritime Law.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Health and Safety on board STE 159

Select and apply safe working procedures to marine operations. Apply current health and safety legislation. Analyse systems for the assessment of risk. Apply risk management to life, property and activities.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Electronic Control Principles STE 160

Instrumentation Systems: System overview, Sensors and transducers (flow, level, position, pressure, speed, temperature), terminology, signal processing and transmission, Instrumentation system examples. Control Systems: System overview, process control, kinetic control, sequential control.

Assessment: 70% Lab report / 30% Coursework

Electrical and Electronic Principles STE 253

Investigate circuit theory: Circuit theory, Magnetically coupled circuits. Investigate Power Electronics: Device Electronics, Electronic circuit. Investigate transients in R-L-C circuits: Laplace transforms, Transient analysis Investigate harmonics in power systems: Sources of harmonics, Effects of harmonic, Mitigation of harmonics. Analyse methods of power distribution: Topology, Operating parameters.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% Coursework

Operation and maintenance of Electrical Plant STE 264

Electrical Power Distribution and Protection: Distribution systems, ship supply, shore supply, protection, instrument transformers, applications and precautions. Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas: types of protection and equipment marking. Safety, Fault Finding and Maintenance: Safety, Fault finding, electrical faults, Inspection and maintenance.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Marine Navigation System fault diagnosis STE 265

The areas of study shown below are applied to the following range of electronic navigation equipment: Radar and ARPA, Loran C, GPS Navigator and AIS, Gyro Compass, Echo Sounder, Water Speed Log, Autopilot. Operational Performance, Operational Data, Analysis of System Malfunction, Safety, safety procedures, Fault Diagnosis, Repair, Report.

Assessment: 100% coursework

Radio Communications STE 266

Amplitude and angle modulation: Amplitude modulation, Single sideband modulation, Angle modulation. Radiation and propagation: Electromagnetic radiation, Electromagnetic spectrum, Modes for the propagation of radio waves. Radio transmitters: Legal requirements, Amplitude-modulated transmitters, Frequency-modulated transmitters, Carrier frequency generation. Radio receivers: AM tuned-radio frequency (TRF) receiver, Superheterodyne receiver. Satellite Communication Principles: Systems in use at sea.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Business Management for ETOs STE 257

The role of effective logistics in optimising marine commercial operations, Finance, Managerial and executive roles, Information and data processing systems, decision theory, Principles of project management relating to shipping, The effective management of personnel and other resources on-board. Management structures within marine and associated shore based industries. Economics relating to marine insurance including Classification and P&I.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Marine Navigation systems STE 268

Marine Radar and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA): Principles of radar, radar systems, ARPA systems. Terrestrial and Satellite Position Fixing: Hyperbolic navigation systems, Satellite systems, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). Speed, Distance and Depth Measurement: Propagation of sound in seawater, Speed and distance measurement, Depth measurement. Automatic Steering Systems: Electro-hydraulic steering gear, Gyro compass, Autopilot, Integrated bridge systems.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Engineering project/design STE 259

Select a project and agree specifications and procedures. Implement the project within agreed procedures and to specification. Evaluate the project. Present project outcome.

Assessment: 80% Project / 20% Oral Presentation

Marine Control, Computer Systems and Electronic Control Applications STE 267 

System Modelling: Linear system transfer functions. Use of small deviation analysis to produce approximate transfer function models. Lumped parameter modelling of distributed systems. Controllers: Features of real controllers, integral desaturation. Self-tuning controllers, cascade and feed forward arrangements. Applications of Computers, sampling and data logging. Algorithms for implementing computer control. Distributed control systems. The system/operator and system/engineer interfaces. Other topics: Linear design, frequency response, root locus, z-transforms. Non-linear design methods. Concept of optimal and sub-optimal control. Control Systems: Components, models. System Response: Inputs, graphs and equations, Frequency Response and Stability. Controllers: Design appreciation.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% Coursework 

Assessment is through both formal examination and coursework.

Professional Opportunities top

The awarding body is University of Sunderland. 

Successful completion of this programme gives entry onto B.Eng (Hons) programme at the University of Sunderland.

Further Information top

The South Shields Marine School team in Marine Degrees and Engineering Certification are busy making preparations for the start of your programme in September/October 2020.

Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of professional programmes, but here at South Shields Marine School we have developed our professional standards for academic delivery with an effective approach to your programme of study which includes safe face-to-face teaching. This involves careful timetabling to dedicate each group (bubble) to a single classroom to prevent excessive movement and contact with others. Hand sanitiser and face coverings (masks) will be provided. Start times, coffee breaks, lunch and end times will be staggered as far as possible. Classroom windows will be open to increase fresh air flow.

Should there be a re-introduction of restrictions by the Government then we are also prepared to continue to deliver your programmes remotely.

The Curriculum Leaders remain active and will be meeting you during the first week to say hello, along with all of the lecturing team who will guide your learning and help with your assessments.  

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the marine administration office if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Marine admin office details contact email / telephone number:

Sam Morgan or Lucy Howlett for engineer / eto cadet enquiries:

e: Samantha.Morgan@stc.ac.uk

t: 0191 427 3930

e: lucy.howlett@stc.ac.uk

t: 0191 427 3695

Judy Burns for OOW or Engineering EK / Management level enquiries:

e: MMENG@stc.ac.uk

t: 0191 427 3909

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.