Course Overview

ETO is a four-month pre-sea training program, approved by the Directorate General of Shipping (Government of India). This course focuses on providing theoretical knowledge, practical skills, safety consciousness and efficiency. This is an all-residential program, which begins in March, July, and November every year.

Upon completing the course, you will be eligible for 8 months of training on a ship as a trainee ETO. After the training period, you need to appear for the Certificate of Competency (COC) Examination, which will make you qualified to serve as an Electro-Technical Officer onboard a merchant ship.

Eligibility Criteria:

Qualification – 12th Pass with at least 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM), and 50% marks in English (in both 10th & 12th). Cleared a 3-year diploma with a minimum of 60% marks.
Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication/ Communication Engineering, or Electronics and Instrumentation or equivalent recognized by AICTE/ UGC approved University with minimum marks of 50% in the final year.
Passed in 10th Standard, with English as a separate subject with minimum 50% marks in English and passed Diploma with 60%, also passed Three years Degree through Lateral Entry with 50% marks in the streams mentioned above. The diploma/degree course must be recognized by any State or Central Government or AICTE.

Age Limit – Not more than 35 years (As on the date of commencement of course)

Medical Standards – Candidates should be medically and physically fit. A full medical check-up through a Panel Doctor approved by D.G Shipping will be undertaken. A complete eyesight test will also be conducted in which the distance vision should be 6/6 with no colour blindness.

Selection Process:

  • Entrance examinations: Eligible candidates have to appear for the entrance exams conducted by the selected college. Shortlisted candidates will then be called for the panel interview.
  • Panel interview: Shortlisted candidates get called for the admission procedure.
  • Medical examination: Selected candidates will undergo a medical screening to test their eyesight and physical fitness.
  • Pre-sea training: Candidates who clear the medical examination will begin with 4 months of pre-sea training.

Career Path

  • Pre-Sea Training
    Complete 4 months of your Pre-Sea training from a DG Shipping Approved institute.
  • Work as a Trainee
    Go through 8 months of onboard training as a trainee ETO.
  • Assistant ETO
    After completion of the training period, start working as an Assistant ETO.
  • Promotion to ETO
    After serving as an Assistant ETO for a considerable period, you will be promoted to work as an Electro-technical officer.