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Nautical Science, Marine Engineering & Electrotechnology, Supply Chain ad INS Training & Education in Cork, Ireland

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The National Maritime College of Ireland NMCI is the first third level college in Ireland to be built under the Government’s Public-Private Partnership scheme. The public partners are the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Irish Naval Service (INS) and the private partner is Focus Education.

The college offers both commercial offshore training courses and public degree courses. This model allows the college management and teaching staff to concentrate on education while the private partner is responsible for services to the college and the maintenance of facilities.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is one of Ireland's major higher education institutions, with total enrolments (full-time and part-time) of almost 17,000 students. Courses at CIT span five main fields: Science, Business and Humanities, Engineering, Art and Music.

The NMCI is a constituent college of CIT and it is here that the Institute’s degrees in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering and other education and training courses for the maritime industry are conducted. Ireland, in particular Cork, has a long history of maritime education and training.

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Academic & Training Programs

Merchant Marine Degree Programs

  • BSc in Nautical Science (3 years): This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career as a Deck Officer aboard ship. It provides a comprehensive education in navigation and other ship board activities. Students who successfully complete Year 1 can expect to be placed on a series of commercial ships in Year 2, gaining fifteen months sea time for practical training experience, and to gain the necessary sea time for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Certificate of Competency. In addition, students must complete a comprehensive workplace training program including training records, journals and other documents associated with the training program, as specified from time to time.
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering (3 years): As well as lectures, training is provided in marine, electrical, welding and mechanical workshops, supplemented with practical work in the College engine room and simulation exercises in the machinery and cargo-handling simulation suites. Students who successfully complete Year 1 are expected to be placed in a commercial ship in Year 2, gaining fifteen months seatime for practical training experience, and to gain the necessary ‘seatime’ for the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Certificate of Competency. Graduates first become Officer of the Watch on a vessel after graduating and passing relevant examinations. They can advance to Second Engineer or Chief Engineer with further study, examinations, and sea service. Careers exist on all different type of ocean going vessels: bulk carriers, oil tankers, container ships, cruise ships, and ferry vessels.
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Electrotechnology (3 years): The program shares its first two semesters with the BEng in Marine and Plant Engineering. Having completed year 1, Marine Electrotechnology students will begin specialist electrical and electronic training. The training is provided in a variety of workshops and laboratories. This practical work is given to enhance the students learning experience. A broad understanding of ships and ship’s systems is delivered in electrical workshops and in the college’s own engine room. Students will undertake basic safety training and instruction prior to taking up sea going work placement with a shipping company. Electrotechnical officers are highly sought after in the cruise line industry. There are also a number of opportunities ashore in a wide variety of fields including marine electronic maintenance and aviation instrumentation maintenance industries.

Merchant Marine Professional Programs

  • Certificates of Competency - Marine Engineering: Second Engineer Officer Marine Engineering & Chief Engineer Officer Marine Engineering
  • Certificates of Competency - Deck: Officer of the Watch Navigation, Chief Mate, and Master
  • Certificates of Competency are qualifications of engineering and navigational watchkeeping which are required in most classes of merchant ship. NMCI offers courses which prepare candidates for the Certificates of Competency. Candidates wishing to progress with Deck or Marine Engineering Certificates of Competency must accumulate specified sea service before applying to be considered for examinations.

Part-time Program

  • Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain and Transport Management (1 year Top-up, Part-time): The program is designed for those who have some experience in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management and who wish to further their career prospects. The program is a one year step up degree for participants holding the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) or IIPMM (Procurement and Supply Chain Management) Diploma or Graduateship in Supply Chain Management or an equivalent Level 6 qualification in a relevant discipline.

Other Programs

  • Irish Naval Service Programs: The INS training program details can be found here - Irish Naval Service programs @ NMCI
  • Commercial Short Courses / Training: Professional Short Courses are available to interested individuals at dates and times throughout the year as per the published schedule - More details can be found here - NMCI Professional Short Courses