Electro-Technical Officer (ETO)

Electro-Technical Officer (ETO)

1:-Electro-Technical Officer Overview:-

As per Section A-III/6 of the STCW Code Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) is a licensed member of the engine department on board. For the efficient functioning of every electronic element on a merchant navy vessel, an ETO in merchant navy is responsible. Electronic elements range from huge and complex engine room control systems to electronic charts and radars installed on the bridge. ETO is responsible for the generation of power and distribution systems for other systems such as lifts, reefers, and much more. ETO’s working range depends upon the type of vessel, they can also be witnessed indulged in cargo operations.

An ETO directly reports to the Chief Engineer and also plays a major role in the senior management team. Unlike other marine engineers onboard, an ETO does not go for any engine room watch. The better functioning of electrical and electronic equipment under the supervision of an ETO accounts for the maximization of operational safety and efficiency of the vessel.

electro technical officer monitoring machines in engine room

2:- Why choose ETO?

Electro Technical Officer is one such post in the merchant navy for which you can apply after graduation from electrical. This profession opens the gates of immense opportunities after electrical engineering. It is prevalent that merchant navy is known for its handsome salaries, opportunities to roam around the world, and engagement with different kinds of people in the world. When we talk about Electro-Technical Officer, it is an officer post in the merchant navy that you can apply for after graduation from electrical. The advantages are huge from handsome salary to career advancement and whatnot. We will learn more about the different aspects of Electro-Technical Officer below

3:- How to Become an ETO in Merchant Navy?

Electro Technical Officer on Ship
  • To become an Electro-Technical Officer in merchant navy you need to apply to colleges that conduct ETO courses in India after passing out with a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics, and Telecommunication  / Communication Engineering, or Electronics and Instrumentation or equivalent streams.
  • After getting into college you will get all the knowledge about the ship’s electrical system and seamanship.
  • The ETO Course is of 4 months which is a residential course and after that, you will get training onboard.
  • After passing out from college you will get onboard training for up to 8 months as a trainee ETO if you are already sponsored by a shipping company.. 
  • But not everyone can go for this course after graduation, there are some ETO course eligibility criteria that one needs to fulfill to get admission to one of the best ETO colleges in India.

After graduating it is a very long way till you become an ETO and you definitely need guidance while traversing this path that’s where Merchant Navy Decoded will guide you with its dedicated free ETO Course Guidance Series where you get all the information related to Electro-Technical Officer Sponsorship and Interview.

free eto guidance series

4:-ETO course eligibility

4.1:-Educational Qualifications for ETO

  • Passed in 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English with a minimum of 50% marks in English in class 10th and 12th in standard exams and more than 65% in PCM. 
  • Passed 3-year Diploma with 60% marks or four years Degrees including lateral entry with 50% marks in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication  / Communication Engineering, or Electronics and Instrumentation or equivalent. 
  • The diploma/degree courses must have been recognized by any State or Central Government or the AICTE 

4.2:-ETO Course age limit

For the general category, the maximum age should not exceed 30 years on the date of commencement of the course. For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, the maximum age relaxation of 5 years is applicable, a maximum of 3 years relaxation applies to OBC (NCL) candidates and 2 years for female candidates as per the directives of the Government of India.

However, the age limit keeps changing for different companies, for instance in Anglo-Eastern age limit for ETO Course is 28 years whereas in Great Eastern it is 26 years. So, you need to look out for these criteria while applying to any company.

5:-ETO Medical Criteria 

Physical Standards1) Candidates should be physically fit for sea service under the standard norm, with eyesight up to 6/6 in the better eye.
2) NO COLOR BLINDNESS, Partial Colour Blindness is also not acceptable.
3) The D.G. Shipping Medical Certificate must be issued by D.G. Shipping Approved Doctors, under the specified medical examination requirements.

There is so much information about the medical requirements in the Merchant Navy that it is next to impossible to compress everything in a blog that’s why we have made a dedicated series for the medical requirements of the Merchant Navy.

Merchant Navy Medicals

6:-Sponsorship & Interview of ETO

One of the most important steps to become an ETO in Merchant Navy is Sponsorship. Sponsorship is like a guarantee that companies give to candidates that after passing out from maritime college they will be placed onboard with the same company they have taken sponsorship from. To get a Sponsorship you need to clear an interview with a shipping company prior to DG Shipping medicals. 

A few points that you need to consider to clear an interview:-

Be smart: You have to be smart when preparing for an interview. You should seek questions that have already been asked before by connecting with people on Linkedin or by joining our Telegram Group for the preparation of ETO.

telegram

Know the Company:- You need to do complete and thorough research about the company you are aiming for, its vision its current position, and its number of ships. This shows the interviewer that you are serious about the goal that you have in mind and it will also give you an idea about your priorities. 

Enhance your Knowledge:- All of your preparation will be in vain if you can’t answer technical questions in the interview. Technical questions are a major part of interviews especially if you are an engineering graduate. 

There are some wonderful books that you can read to enhance your knowledge. 

a:-B.L. Theraja 

b:-Dennis T. Hall

Communication:- Last but not least is communication skills. It has become an integral part of the interview as it does not matter how good you are at your work if you can’t sell it. So this is one of those things that you need to excel in to get sponsorship. 

After Sponsorship, the next step is Maritime College.

7:-Best ETO Colleges in India 

7.1:-Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy, Maharashtra

Anglo eastern maritime academy

Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy is one of the best ETO college in India conducting 4 months of ETO Course. They boast a 100% placement rate as they have their own shipping company Anglo Eastern Ship Management so you will have no problem after the course. With the fees of 3.3 lakhs, you will be appointed as a trainee ETO on their own ship.

Eligibility Criteria for Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy:-

In class 12th or equivalent have scored a minimum 65% marks in PCM or Diploma aggregate 65%.
For Diploma candidates with lateral entry to the 2nd year of B.Tech, need to have scored 65% and above in the Diploma followed by the Degree eligibility criteria.​ Should have obtained not less than 50% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
The maximum age should not exceed 28 years on the date of commencement of the course – usually commences in March every year.
Marital Status – Unmarried
Physically fit and should meet the medical requirements as specified by DGS guidelines, eyesight 6/12 in each eye without visual aids and no color blindness.

CLICK HERE  for more information about Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy 

7.2:- Tolani Maritime Institute, Maharashtra

Tolani Maritime Institute

Tolani Maritime Academy offers one of the best learning experiences with top-notch infrastructure and a practical training facility. It is easily one of the best choices out there. Be it DNS, B.Sc, or ETO the standards are well and the job is secure. 3.15 lakhs is the fee for the ETO course in TMI with a 100% placement.

Eligibility Criteria for Tolani Maritime Academy

Passed 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a minimum of 55% marks and English with a minimum of 50% marks.
Passed a four-year degree with 60% marks in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering only. Minimum 6 months of industrial experience is preferred.
The degree courses must have been recognized by any State or Central Government or the AICTE and conducted in the English language.
Not more than 28 years on the date of commencement of training and medically fit including eyesight and hearing as prescribed in the Merchant Shipping.

Check out our COLLEGE PORTAL to know more about Tolani or any other college

7.3:-Seven Islands Maritime Training Institute

Seven Islands Maritime Training Institute is a new training institute that has its own shipping company Seven Islands Shipping. Here they provide immersive education to a batch size of 40 students. With the fees of 3.9 lakhs, students get 100% placement as they have their own shipping company. It has recently signed an MoU with Seaspan Shipping facilitating the smooth procedure and less waiting period overall.

Eligibility Criteria for Seven Islands Maritime Training Institute

Passed a four-year BE / B Tech Degree including lateral entry, with 50%marks in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication / Communication Engineering, or Electronics and Instrumentation or equivalent.
The candidates must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in English in 10th or 12th standard exams.
The degree courses must be recognized by any state or central Government or the AICTE.
In the 12th PCM, a candidate must have scored a minimum of 60% and above. 
The maximum age to apply is 24 years

CLICK HERE to get detailed insight into Seven Islands Maritime Training Institute

7.4:- Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Maharashtra

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies provides four months of pre-sea training and 8 months of onboard training. This provides balanced training which includes practical knowledge, safety teachings, and theoretical knowledge with high efficiency. SIMS demands 3.99 lakhs for the ETO Course.

Eligibility Criteria for Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies 

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 Deemed University approved Institute during the entire duration of engineering with minimum marks of 55% in the final year.
Completion of the degree in 4 years from the date of admission.
English shall be one of the subjects with at least 50% marks in 10th or 12th.
6/12 in each eye, 6/9 in the better eye & 6/18 in the other eye.
Corrective lenses are permitted. No color-blindness.

Visit our COLLEGE PORTAL to get an insight about this and many more colleges.

7.5:- Shipping Corporation of India Maritime Training Institute of India

SCI- MTI

SCI-MTI has its own shipping company with a training institute that conducts the training of ETO in India. The candidates who apply for admission to MTI and also qualify in IMU CET which is conducted by Indian Maritime University, Chennai will be admitted to the course at the Shipping Corporation of India Maritime Training Institute (SCI-MTI) situated at Powai, Mumbai. The fee here for males is 4.1 lakhs while for female candidates it is 3.8 lakhs. There are many other eligibility criteria that one needs to consider before applying to SCI-MTI.

Eligibility Criteria for SCI-MTI

Passed Three-year Diploma course with 60 % marks or four-year degree courses with 50 % marks or lateral entry Degree Course (After completion of Diploma) with 50 % marks in any one of the Engineering branches such as Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication/ Communication Engineering or Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering or equivalent. The Engineering Diploma/ Degree course must have been recognized by any State Government or Central Government or the AICTE.
The maximum age limit for candidates shall be 30 years at the time of commencement of the course with 5 years of relaxation for SC or St candidates and 3 years relaxation for OBC (NCL) candidates with 2 years of relaxation for female candidates.
Candidate must have good health and be fit for sea service as per existing MS Medical rules. Medical fitness checks will be done through SCI-empanelled DG-approved Doctors.

Visit our COLLEGE PORTAL to get an insight about this and many more colleges.

8:-Rank Structure of an ETO

Ranks of ETO in Merchant Navy.

The electrical cadet or Trainee ETO is the starting rank onboard and goes way up to senior ETO. The promotions are given based on qualifications and experience. After completing sea-time of 8 months which most companies cover in 2 sails of 6 months each a trainee electrical cadet becomes eligible for Certificate of Competency (CoC) examinations. After clearing you can join your next ship as an Assistant Electro-Technical Officer after completing the necessary sea time you can go for the Senior ETO exams.

9:-Duties of an ETO 

Duties of an Electrical Officer (ETO)

Generally, the job of an ETO is to find faults and repair any. It also includes installing and testing new electronic and electrical types of machinery. Maintenance of complex electronics and electrical systems is also accomplished by the Electro-Technical Officer (ETO). Somewhere senior ETOs are also appointed to supervise the electronic and electrical work on large-scale onboard ships.

To get to that level you need a lot of hard work and knowledge and we, a Merchant Navy platform can provide you that with our dedicated ETO Excellence Package that will allow the junior ETOs to get more technical and immersive knowledge through our videos and it allows them to learn what they couldn’t learn on-board ship.

ETO Excellence Package

There are many other things that an ETO does in the merchant navy depending on the rank on which he is working. To get detailed insight into the different ranks and their duties check out our dedicated blog on the Duties of an ETO in Merchant Navy.

The job of an ETO is not easy in any respect, there are a completely different set of challenges in their professional life. They are the only one onboard the ship who knows the ins and outs of the ship’s electrical system hence they have a set of challenges of their own. To know more about the Problems faced by ETO onboard CLICK HERE.

10:-Electro-Technical Officer Salary

ETO Salary

The Electro-Technical Officer’s salary depends on a lot of factors such as the experience of a sailor, the type of ship on which he is sailing, and the type of company he is sailing with i.e. ownership or management company. 

All of this makes up the salary of an ETO. At the start of this career, the salary of an ETO trainee can earn 500$ to 800$ depending on the factors discussed above. Once you complete your 8 months of training as an ETO you can go for the ETO course CoC where you will be paid according to the ship and experience.

Let’s say, if an ETO has 6 years of experience on a Bulk Carrier, then the salary of ETO will be from 2500$ to 4000$ a month.

If the same person sails on an Oil Tanker then the salary of an ETO will be 5000$ a month.

Let’s say an ETO sails on an LNG Carrier with 6 years of experience he will be paid 8000$ a month.

If an ETO is on a Cruise, then the salary of an ETO will be 10000$ a month with 6 years of experience.

** Again these salaries are not fixed, they may change according to market demands of an ETO and the technological advancement of the shipping industry.

11:-FAQs about Electro-Technical Officer

1:-What is the salary of an ETO in Merchant Navy?

The salary of an ETO depends on a lot of factors such as the type of ship, experience, and the type of company he is sailing with. So, with 6 years of Salary, an ETO would earn up to 4000$ a month in bulk carriers, 5000$ a month in Oil tankers, 8000$  a month in LNG Carriers, and a whooping 10,000$ a month in Cruise lines.

2:-What should be the the qualification for an ETO in merchant navy?

  • Passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English with a minimum of 50% marks in English in class 10th and 12th in standard exams and more than 65% in PCM. 
  • Passed 3-year Diploma with 60% marks or four years Degrees including lateral entry with 50% marks in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication  / Communication Engineering, or Electronics and Instrumentation or equivalent. 
  • The diploma/degree courses must have been recognized by any State or Central Government or the AICTE 

3:-Is ETO a good career option? 

Short and simple answer YES. It is one of the best career choices you can go for after you engineering. There are many reasons as this career offers immense growth with a handsome salary and an opportunity to roam around the world while working at the same time. If a career is giving this much with the officer post and respect then you should definitely consider and learn more about it.

To get more detailed insight about the ETO course you can click here to access the free ETO course on Merchant Navy Decoded.

4:-Can an ETO become a Chief Engineer?

The opportunities after becoming an ETO is immense one such opportunity is to go for Chief Engineer. You can’t become a Chief Engineer directly, for that, you need to clear MEO Class IV first and then after becoming 4th Engineer, you can get promotions up to Chief Engineer.

To know about the complete procedure CLICK HERE.

5:-What is the course duration of ETO?

ETO Course just like any other maritime course is divided into two sections:- On-Campus Training and On-Board Training. After getting a sponsorship you will be imparted knowledge about seamanship and shipping for 4 months in college and after that, you will have training on board for 8 months after which you can appear for ETO CoC.

6:-Can we get an educational loan for ETO in merchant navy?

You can get an educational loan for ETO in Merchant Navy only if you are sponsored by any shipping company. To get complete details about the educational loan for merchant navy, go to the free ETO Course Series on Merchant Navy Decoded.

7:-How to get a Sponsorship for ETO?

For ETO, you can fill out the forms of Anglo-Eastern, SCI MTI, Seven Islands, Great Eastern, Tolani Maritime, and Samundra Institute of Maritime Shipping after engineering. They will call you for the written and interview clearing which will get you to the medical exam and if you clear merchant navy medicals then you can go to college with the sponsorship.

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Nitish Kumar Verma

Nice and informative👏

ADITYA DANDRIYAL

SIR, how can an ETO become a 4th engineer and subsequently climb the ladder up to chief engineer and is this really worth doing.

ADITYA DANDRIYAL

Really waiting for your insight on this topic.

Ashwani

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Shanmukha

Sir good morning,IAM shanmukha Rao from India IAM interested ETR posstion I have experience in land side like chemical industry,and manfatchring industry sir please guide to me how to join cruseship in marchntnavy sir these is my number 8828606266

Nikhil Priyadarshi

can a diploma holder in mechanical engineering apply for ETO course?? Plese tell me!!

Tushar Shetty

No but you can apply for GME

AJAY

I have diploma in electrical engineering through Lateral entry 2 years can i eligible for ETO

Bhagyashree Nair

we are currently recruiting for ETO and 3rd and 4th officer

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Muhammed shafan s

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Aman Manwal

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Rohit

Hello Sir/Madam ,

I have done diploma after my 10std bases .. with 66% . Am I eligible for ETO course .

Thanks in advance

Aman Manwal

Hi Rohit, so there’s a good news for you, you are eligible for ETO Course from SCI and Seven Islands. If you need any more information you can check out our free Guidance Series about ETO in our website.
Hope it helps.

Yash

Sir, 2 years of diploma and 3years of degree in electrical engg. Can eligible for eto course.

Yash

Sir,3 years of degree are allowed

Aman Manwal

Hi Yash, yes you are eligible for ETO Course. If you want more info about it, you can check out free ETO Guidance Series from our website.