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 practicing marine engineer 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

Marine Control Applications; Engineering Mathematics; Marine Operations; Engineering Science; Work Based Learning and Operational Management; Electrical Principles and Power; Ship Construction and Stability; Mechanical Principles; Electrical and Electronic Principles; Engineering Thermodynamics; Marine Plant Operations; 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 STC 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: 60% classroom assessment / 40% formal examination

Marine Operations STC 152

Ship Types and terminology, Safety management systems, Watch keeping duties, Marine transmission systems, Turbine power plant, Diesel engines. A requirement of this unit is that the student completes the STCW 95 pre sea short courses (Personal Sea Survival, Basic Fire-fighting, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, and Elementary First Aid) and a tanker familiarisation course.

Assessment: 100% Coursework

Ship Stability and Construction STC 153

Trim and Stability: Stability at small angles of heel, Stability at large angles of heel, Trim Watertight sub-division, Effects of compartment flooding, Ship Construction: basic ship construction, the design features of different ship types, Fire protection by construction, Forces on ship structures: Static forces, Dynamic Forces, Stress in ship structures, Ship resistance, Powering. Propellers.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% classroom assessments (1)

Heat Transfer and Combustion STC 156

Determine heat transfer rates for composite systems: Interfaces: conduction, convection, radiation. Determine heat transfer coefficients: Dimensional analysis, Heat transfer mechanism, Heat transfer coefficients. Specify and describe heat transfer equipment: Recuperators, Heat transfer performance, Fluids, Applications. Analyse and specify combustion processes: Combustion chemistry, Energy of combustion, Products of combustion.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% Coursework

Work Based Investigation STC 155

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

Assessment: 80% Coursework / 20% Presentation

Engineering Mechanics STC 154

Investigate and analyse static engineering systems: Simply supported beams, Beams and columns, Torsion in circular shafts. Investigate and analyse dynamic engineering systems: Uniform acceleration, Energy transfer, Oscillating mechanical systems.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% Coursework

Electrical Power and Systems STC 157

Apply DC and AC theory to solve electrical and electronic engineering problems. Investigate information and energy control systems. Analyse three-phase systems. Investigate D.C. Generators and Motors.

Assessment: 50% Formal Examination / 50% Coursework

Marine Management STC 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 and Risk Assessment STC 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

Instrumentation and Control Principles STC 160

Instrumentation systems: System terminology, Sensors/transducers, Signal conditioners. Process control systems and controllers: Need for process control, Process controller terminology, System terminology, Controlling systems. Application: Tuning techniques, Systems.

Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Marine Control Applications STC 251

Interpret fluid power diagrams (pneumatic and/or hydraulic): Symbols, Fluid power diagrams. Analyse and identify the construction and operation of pneumatic and hydraulic components, equipment and plant. Design pneumatic and hydraulic circuits. Evaluate and justify the use of marine applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.

Assessment: 100% coursework.

Mechanical Principles STC 252

Analyse hydraulic components and systems: Hydrostatics, Hydrodynamics. Analyse the behaviour of loaded beams and cylinders: Loaded beams: slope and deflection for loaded beams, Stresses in thin-walled pressure vessels, Stresses in thick-walled cylinders. Investigate the characteristics of power transmission systems: Belt drives, Friction clutches, Gear trains. Investigate the characteristics of rotating system elements: Single and multi-link mechanisms, Balancing, Flywheels, Effects of coupling.

Assessment: 50% Formal Examination / 50% Coursework

Marine Plant Operations STC 255

Marine transmission systems, Turbine power plant, Diesel engines, Marine boilers, Marine pumps and pumping systems, Auxiliary supply systems, Shipboard hotel services equipment, Fire safety & Personal safety, Electrical generation and supply systems.

Assessment: 50% Formal examination / 50% coursework

Business Management STC 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

Further Mathematics for Engineers STC 258

Laplace transforms, Heaviside Functions linear differential equations; Matrices, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, matrix forms of linear differential equations; Fourier series, partial differential equations.

Assessment: 50% Classroom test / 50% Formal examination  

Electrical and Electronic Principles STC 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

Engineering Thermodynamics STC 254

Analyse thermodynamic systems: Polytropic processes, Thermodynamic systems and their properties, Relationships. Investigate internal combustion engine performance: Second law of thermodynamics, Heat engine cycles, Performance characteristics, Improvements. Investigate reciprocating air compressors: Property diagrams, Performance characteristics, First law of thermodynamics Investigate steam and gas turbine power plant: Principles of operation, Circuit and property diagrams, Performance characteristics, Nozzle characteristics. Refrigeration: Principles of operation, Circuit and property diagrams, Performance characteristics.

Assessment: 50% Formal Examination / 50% Coursework

Marine Plant Technology STC 256

Marine transmission systems: Main Gearing and shafting. Turbine power plant: Construction, Performance characteristics, Auxiliary systems. Diesel engines: Mechanical and thermal stresses, Designs to limit atmospheric pollution, Construction, Engine timing and combustion, Operational data, Monitoring, Atmospheric pollutants, Marine boilers: Design features, Construction of marine boilers, Marine pumps and pumping systems: Types, Performance characteristics. Auxiliary supply systems: Operations, Maintenance. Shipboard hotel services equipment, Technical aspects of fitted equipment. Fire safety & Life Saving Appliances (LSA): Regulatory requirements, Causes of fire.

Assessment: 50% Formal Examination / 50% Coursework

Engineering Project/Design STC 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

Assessment through both formal examination and coursework.

Professional Opportunities top

On successful completion of cadetship candidates progression to certification and to the senior ranks of Second and Chief Engineering Officer will follow further training. B.Eng/B.Eng (Hons) Marine Engineering Successful completion of this programme gives entry into B.Eng or B.Eng (Hons) programme if this option is required.

Further Information top

Cost varies per year and per stage of the course. Fees will be paid by sponsoring company.

The awarding body is University of Sunderland. 

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.