Overview top

Training as an engineer officer for experienced seafarers and qualified engineers

The link below explains the routes available for experienced personnel which are; experienced seafarers, Graduate engineers, Engineers with an HND/HNC or VQ level3 apprenticeship or relevant Royal Navy qualifications.



The IAMI Science A and B can be studied via distance learning. Click here for details. 



On-campus Learning top

South Shields Marine School offers courses for marine engineers wishing to prepare for the EOOW IAMI exams. The courses  studied on campus are a blend of compulsory taught sessions and tutorials with lecturer led teaching and learner led Q+A. 

Why Study at South Shields Marine School

You will be provided with the notes and knowledge to prepare you for the management level exams.

You will also have access to library books, IT services and MOODLE; our student learning platform which contains our course notes and instructional videos.

Remote Learning top

South Shield Marine School is now offering exciting new options for the EOOW Term 1 courses via remote learning.

This will consist of the entire course that is taught at South Shields Marine School being available to attend remotely simultaneously to those on campus.  Our experienced lecturing staff will be using wireless microphones in class along with sharing their computer screen,  Powerpoint presentations, and handwritten notes, as though you are in the class room.

Remote students will be able to interact with the lecturer as normal and ask any questions they may have via Microsoft Teams, and will receive our full support throughout the programme as they usually would on site with us at our campus.


Why Study at South Shields Marine School

Allow the course to work around you by studying from home or on the go.

The Online teaching will be run as pre-arranged lectures where students can use the chat function, to interact, post questions and comments

Students will be able to use Microsoft Teams to collaborate, post information or ask lecturers for assistance outside of lecture time. 

You will also have access to MOODLE, our student learning platform which contains our course notes, and instructional videos

The courses studied remotely are a blend of compulsory taught sessions and tutorials with lecturer led teaching and learner led Q+A (latest exam questions provided).

Entry Requirements top

Experienced Seafarer rating to EOOW

You will need to apply to the college for a letter of acceptance onto the rating to EOOW programme as detailed in MSN1857 (M+F).

You need a minimum of 24 months sea service as a watch rating

When applying to the college you will need to send in copies of your sea service testimonial’s for a total of 24 months together with copy of your passport, medical certificate, watch rating certificate and all STCW certificates as listed in MSN1857 which can be accessed via the following link


Alternative Route for Qualified Engineers and Engineering Graduates

You will need to apply to the college for a written action plan as detailed in MIN 511 (M).

When applying to the college you will need to send in copies of your award with its associated transcript.

If subjects such as thermodynamics and control cannot be identified as individual modules but are included in a module such as mechanical sciences then you should also send the syllabus or other document listing the module content.

Details can be found in MIN511 via the link below


Assessment top

You will study:
Term 1

  • Electrical Engineering (theory)
  • Applied Heat
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Naval Architecture
  • Mathematics

Term 2

  • Electrical Engineering (workshop)
  • MNTB Workshop Skills
  • Welding
  • Engineering Knowledge
  • Engineering Drawing



To complete the course, you require 80% attendance, therefore Students are expected to attend all live teaching sessions where possible. Please take this into consideration when enrolling on this course as all lessons will be run UK time and you will be expected to attend the live sessions regardless of time difference.

Please note some courses may require additional progress monitoring through assessment to count towards attendance.

Professional Opportunities top

On successful completion of the course you can progress to senior ranks of Second and Chief Engineering Officer will follow further training.

Further Information top

Marine Faculty Office details contact email / telephone number:

Judy Burns


t: 0191 427 3909

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.