Ships' Officer Positions

An officer working on the engine of the CCGS Amundsen (photo courtesy of Bernard Parizeau)

Marine Engineering Officer

An Engineering Officer performing general maintenance on the vessel’s engine (photo courtesy of Bernard Parizeau)As a Marine Engineering Officer, under the direction of the Chief Engineering Officer, you are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the vessel’s propulsion machinery and auxiliary equipment. These systems include the electrical generation systems, pumping and transfer systems, hydraulic systems, refrigeration systems, control systems and water treatment systems. You also directly supervise and coordinate the work of other engine room personnel. For this position, you must be able to quickly troubleshoot broken equipment and make the necessary repairs.

We are also proud to offer competitive salaries and benefits; immediately upon admission to the College, Officer-Cadets receive a monthly allowance and their pensionable years begin. Once graduated, officers are guaranteed employment. Salary starts at $41,000, and goes up to $100,000 at the highest level.

Mia H., Chief Engineer (Newfoundland Region):

“It is a wonderful job. You get to go to sea. The ocean is infinitely entrancing. There is a broad variety of challenges and surprises to keep the job interesting (some providing quite the adrenaline rush). There is a lot of job satisfaction and a great leave system.

Marine Engineering Officer Training Program:

The Marine Engineering Officer Training Program, available through the College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is a four-year program consisting of a comprehensive regiment of in-class theory, highly modernized marine simulators, and practical experience aboard a vessel at sea. These combine to create one of the best marine training programs in the world.

Training for Officer-Cadets in Marine Engineering is divided into five phases:

  • Eleven months at the College
  • Four months at sea on a Coast Guard vessel
  • Sixteen months at the College
  • Five months at sea on a Coast Guard vessel
  • Nine months at the College

At the end of the program, students graduate with a diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC), a Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Sciences from Cape Breton University (CBU), as well as Commercial Certification as a Marine Engineering Officer.

Pre-requisites for the Marine Engineering Officer training program:

There are two ways you can become a Marine Engineering Officer with the . One way requires admittance into the Officer Training Program at the Canadian Coast Guard College by applying through the Public Service Commission of Canada, as well as forwarding proof of Canadian citizenship and academic transcripts to the College. Applicants must have successfully completed, by June 30 in their year of entry, a high school and/or a post-secondary program whose curriculum permits entrance into the following university programs of study: engineering, physics, math, science or similar technologies.

The other way involves applying directly to advertised openings through the Public Service Commission (if you meet the minimum requirements and certifications from another recognized institution). Your previous/current program of study must include the following pre-requisites:

All Candidates must have completed:

  • Grade 11 and 12 physics or higher (advanced, academic or pre-university)
  • Grade 11 and 12 math or higher (advanced, academic or pre-university)
  • English or French Grade 12 or higher.

For the Marine Engineering Program only:

  • One Chemistry, Grade 10 or higher

For Quebec students only:

  • All Quebec students must have completed one year of CEGEP in addition to the above requirements.

For more information please visit the CCG College official website.

To apply to the Marine Engineering Training Program at the Canadian Coast Guard College, please visit the Public Service Commission (PSC) website for jobs open to the public.