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Electro-Technical Officer

Electro-Technical Officer

Expand your electronics knowledge for a career at sea managing a ship's electrical systems.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Strait Area Campus (classes in Nautical Institute) • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available


If you have an electrical and electronics background, love the sea, and want to explore the world, this program is for you.

An Electro-Technical Officer oversees the ship's electrical systems, making them one of the most important members of a ship's crew. And, they're in demand.

This program builds on your existing electrical and electronics skills to prepare you for working on board commercial ships.

Learn how to:

  • repair and maintain electrical and electronic equipment on a ship; ships have highly specialized equipment and systems
  • work with high-voltage systems
  • respond to an emergency at sea

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics or Marine Engineering Technologies.

Program requirements

  • A valid Marine Medical certificate (to meet Transport Canada's requirements for approved marine/cadet training programs), is required for the program. Details are provided with your acceptance notification.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • H2S Alive

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Sea time

  • During the program, you study on campus from September to April and then complete a 90-day sea internship from April to August.

Career options

  • Graduates of the program are prepared to work nationally and internationally with a range of companies in the marine industry. Electro-technical officers work on onboard:
    • cargo tankers
    • passenger ferries
    • offshore supply vessels
    • cruise ships
    • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in a state-of-the-art nautical training facility with simulators
  • NSCC is the only place in Canada offering this training.
  • This program prepares you to write Transport Canada's Electro-Technical Officer Certificate of Competency, which is required to work as an Electro-Technical Officer. After you complete this program, you will need to complete an additional 90 days at sea to receive this certificate.

Other info

  • This program has Transport Canada provisional approval.
  • Successful program completion requires that students maintain an attendance standard of 90%.
  • Prior completion of studies in the areas of Basic Engineering Science, Mathematics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, Chemistry and Basic Electricity and Electronics are critical to your success in this program.
  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements (sea time) in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • International students must find a work placement on board a foreign vessel as a Canadian Passport/Permanent Resident Card is required to sail on Canadian flag vessels. Once you secure your work placement, we'll coordinate details with your employer.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ELEC 2110   Electrotechnology and Electronics I
ELEC 2120   Operation of Electrical, Electronic and Control Systems I
ELEC 2150   Maintenance of Electrical, Electronic and Control Systems I
ELEC 3110   Electrotechnology and Electronics II
ELEC 3120   Operation of Electrical, Electronic and Control Systems II
ELEC 3150   Maintenance of Electrical, Electronic and Control Systems II
ELTM 4960   Seagoing Service and Onboard Training
ENVI 2520   Pollution Prevention
MARI 7134   MED AFF (Advanced Fire Fighting)
MEDC 1811   Marine Basic First Aid
MEDC 1821   STCW Basic Safety
MEDC 1822   Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats
MENG 2420   Fundamentals of Automation and Controls
MENG 2630   Ship Mechanical Systems I
MENG 3125   Maintenance and Repair of Bridge and Communication Systems
MENG 3620   Ship Mechanical Systems II
MMGT 2208   Leadership and Canadian Maritime Law
NETW 2310   Ship Computers and Computer Networks I
NETW 3310   Ship Computers and Computer Networks II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 2059   Electro Technical Safety

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