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AMSA Electro Technical Officer CoC Requirements (General, Sea Service and STCW) for Australian International Seafarers

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This section includes the AMSA International Qualifications (CoC) and requirements under STCW for Electro-technical officer (also sometimes called Electrical engineer) duties or functions on a vessel powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area, and Able seafarer - engine rating duties or functions. ETO is one of the most vital positions in the technical hierarchy of a ship and engineer is responsible for his assigned work under the chief engineer’s instructions.

An Electro-Technical Officer (or Electrical Engineer) oversees the ship's electrical and electronic systems and is one of the important members of a ship's crew. ETO is reports to the Chief Engineer Officer for the safe and efficient operation of the ship's electrical, electronic and control systems, plant and equipment etc.

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This certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of an Electro-technical officer on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area

General Requirements for AMSA ETO


  • To be eligible for an Electro Technical Officer certificate of competency you must meet medical, sea service and course requirements.
  • The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or revalidating an existing certificate.
  • The person must have passed a final assessment

AMSA Electro Technical Officer CoC Requirements

  • Person must be at least 18 years old
  • Hold an Australian electrical trade certificate; OR an Australian Recognized Trade Certificate in the same classification as an Australian electrical trade certificate; OR an Engineer Watchkeeper, Engineer Class 2 or Engineer Class 1 certificate of competency; OR a foreign certificate AMSA considers being equivalent to an Engineer Watchkeeper, Engineer Class 2 or Engineer Class 1 certificate of competency.

Person must also satisfy either of the following 2 sets of eligibility requirements:

  • Option 1: Person must have completed an approved training course of at least 12 months duration that includes a program of workshop skills training of at least 6 months; and have completed qualifying seagoing service that is - at least 6 months on vessels with a total installed electrical generation capacity of ≥750 kW as part of an approved training program under the supervision of a person holding an Electro-technical officer certificate, an Engineer Watchkeeper certificate, an Engineer Class 1 certificate or an Engineer Class 2 certificate; and documented in an approved Training Record Book.
  • Option 2: Person must have completed an approved training course that includes a program of workshop skills training of at least 6 months; and have completed at least 30 months qualifying seagoing service in the engine department on vessels with a total installed electrical generation capacity of ≥750 kW.

ETO STCW Training and Certificate Requirements

  • The approved training course completed by the person must comply with STCW Code section A-III/6 and include the following -

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Table: AMSA Electro Technical Officer STCW certificates and training requirements.

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