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USCG STCW Electro Technical Officer 750kW /1,000 HP or More Operational Level - General, Sea Service and Other Requirements by U.S. Coast Guard

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Electro-technical officers (ETO) are a type of engineer officer working in the Merchant Marine who is responsible for the maintenance of all electrical and electronic equipment onboard the ship including radio communications and electronic navigation aids. ETOs work on the bridge, in the engine room, or in passenger areas. They have to make sure all electrical/electronic equipment is maintained to the correct standards which involve carrying out checks and sticking to set procedures. ETOs are trouble shooters and problem solvers and diagnose and rectify electrical and electronic faults including preventive maintenance.

Aspirants for this credential should have an interest in electrical and electronic control and power systems, problem solving skills, ability to work under pressure and make quick decisions, interest in boats, ships and the sea, written and spoken communication skills and team working skills.

The main areas of expertise of ETO are Electrical and Electronic Systems and Automation and Control Technology.


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You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW requirements for ETO

General Requirements for STCW Electro Technical Officer (ETO)

  • Age: 18 years of age.
  • TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)
  • Medical Certificate
  • Drug testing compliance (within 6 months)
  • Sea Service letters or discharges

USCG STCW ETO 750kW /1,000 HP or More Operational Level Sea Service Requirements

  • Sea Service Requirements Option 1: Evidence of 1080 days (36 months) combined workshop skills training** & approved seagoing service,** of which: not less than 900 days (30 months) must be seagoing service in the engine department of vessels. Experience in the deck may be creditable for up to 90 days (3 months) of the service requirements, OR
  • Sea Service Requirements Option 2: Completion of an approved training program, which includes a combination of workshop skill training and seagoing service of not less than 360 days (12 months), and which meets the requirements of section A-III/6 of the STCW Code.
  • Assessments: Provide evidence of meeting the standard of competence specified in section A-III/6 of the STCW Code
  • Sea Service Requirements Option 3:  Any applicant who has served in a relevant capacity onboard a vessel for a period of not less than 360 days within the last 60 months (5 years), no additional sea service is required. Any person who holds an STCW endorsement as OICEW, Second Engineer Officer, or Chief Engineer Officer has met this sea service requirement, OR  If QMED or Wiper held, must document 360 days sea service in the engine department on vessels of at least 750 Kw/1,000 HP. Service may be on any waters.

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** The total days of workshop skills training should not exceed 180 days. Workshop skills training may include, but is not limited to, shore-based laboratories, in-port watchkeeping and/or maintenance, engine room simulator and/or internships in an appropriate field of study (shipyards, power generating station, or facilities where mechanical and electrical systems have to be operated, maintained, and managed).

USCG Approved Training for ETO

Required for all Qualifying under Option 1 (see above) in sea service requirements & check Program Approval if Qualifying under Option 2 (see above) in sea service requirements as may be included in the program.

  • Onboard Computer Networking and Security
  • Radio Electronics
  • Integrated Navigation Equipment
  • Ship Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • High voltage Power Systems
  • Medical First-Aid Provider (unless previously completed)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (unless previously completed)
  • Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Course within 5 years of application date (Advanced Fire must show continuing Competencies if not within 5 years)
  • Basic Training
  • Check training schools here

Additional Important Note on ETO Endorsement

  • The USCG has recently issued a bulletin (MSIB/2017/006_17 of 05-12-2017) on the issues of PSC deficiencies for U.S. flagged vessels - "The Coast Guard has become aware of instances where U.S. flag vessels have received PSC deficiencies due to the port State’s confusion between the STCW ratings of ETO/ETR and the domestic Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) rating with a corresponding “electrician/refrigeration engineer” endorsement. Specifically, the confusion arises when a QMED -“electrician/refrigeration engineer” is recorded as an “electrician” on the vessel’s crew list. To avoid this confusion, it is recommended that vessel owner/operators record all persons serving as part of the crew complement by their applicable STCW capacity (e.g. Able Seafarer Engine or Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW)) on the crew list"

Disclaimer: For general information purpose - please check with USCG for the latest requirements and accurate info

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