There are a number of possible ways one can become a qualified Marine Engineer. However, the track that provides the strongest foundation in engineering theory and practical skills is by commencing with Tolani Maritime Institute’s (TMI’s) degree programme in Marine Engineering.
The chart shows the requirements for progressing from a qualified Watch keeping Engineer to Chief Engineer. New Watch keeping Engineers today command a remuneration of about US$ 2,200 per month on board after taxes while Chief Engineers start at a minimum of US$ 9,000 per month. However, it is relevant to note that typically ships' officers spend about 6 to 8 months in a year working on board and the rest of the time on leave. Therefore, a Chief Engineer can expect to earn at least US$ 55,000 per annum. At the same time, a sea service requirement of 12 months can be expected to take about 18 months to complete. Merchant Navy Officers are allowed to claim tax-free income subject to conditions / tax regulations.
Upon graduation from TMI, the students get exemption from appearing in the Part A of the DGS Class IV Examination. However, they have to complete a minimum of six months sailing and 3 advanced modular courses before they become eligible to appear in the Class IV Part B Examination as per Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), Govt. of India regulations. After passing this exam, they become certified Watchkeeping Engineers, commonly known as MEO Class IV.
It is not uncommon for Marine Engineers to retire from sea service well before the traditional retirement age. They are then able to find numerous opportunities ashore with shipping companies, hotels, hospitals, oil and gas companies, insurance and survey agencies and other organizations using similar expertise.
The ship board training of six months after graduation is a mandatory requirement for those who wish to pursue ship board career and the institute will assist in arranging the ship board training without any extra fee.