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Earn a Career as a Marine Technician

At the Maritime Academy, Bahir Dar, you can train to become a Marine Technician and obtain a career as an Engine Room Team Member with World-Renowned Commercial Vessel Operators.


The Engine Room Ratings Course

The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute’s Maritime Academy in Bahir Dar (EMTI) is currently conducting a program to train Level III vocationally qualified mechanics to become Engine Room Ratings. This is a new course. [The Academy already trains selected Ethiopian Mechanical Engineering Graduates as Marine Mechanical Engineers and Electro-Technical Officers in collaboration with the Bahir Dar University]. All graduates are employed by international shipping organizations from around the world.


Career opportunity and Benefits

  1. Work in highly technological, stimulating and demanding environment.
  2. Generous salaries are compatible with current market levels in the maritime industry.
  3. Benefit from a stable long term employment with steady promotion.
  4. Develop a marketable and transferable professional skill set with ongoing professional development.
  5. Develop international experience and travel to major destinations around the world.


About our Engine Room Ratings Course

  1. The program duration is 11 weeks.
  2. It will take place at the Maritime Academy campus in Bahir Dar.
  3. Ratings will have the same living conditions as students at the university.
  4. The cost of training will initially be carried by EMTI. A loan agreement will be concluded on course to re-pay the study loan once you are earning money at sea.
  5. The course qualifies successful students to act as a team member in the engine room under the leadership of the Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Watch. Once at sea, the rating becomes a wiper and after a number of months, based on performance and recommendations, could be promoted to an oiler. Our course prepares the successful student for both these jobs. Generous salaries are compatible with current market levels in the maritime industry.
  6. The learning outcomes of the course, in line with the STCW Code Section A-III/4, are:
    1. Ratings forming part of a watch in a manned engine-room or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine-room; and
    2. Section A-III/5: Ratings as able seafarer engine in a manned engine-room or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine-room.



  1. Male Ethiopian citizens.
  2. You need at least a Level III vocational qualification [proven by a certificate] in the following occupational streams: General Mechanics, Automotive engine servicing, Metals and engineering, Mechanical production and manufacturing, or Electro-Mechanical production.
  3. You must be younger than 26 years of age.
  4. You must have a good command of both verbal and written
  5. Be medically fit to serve at sea according to ILO/IMO guidelines.
  6. Be willing to sign a waiver of medical confidentiality.
  7. Applicants must be “free and clear” from any training-related commitment with any government organization including Ethiopian Airlines and Ethiopian Shipping Lines. Selected applicants may be required to produce release letters from their respective organizations if they are employed elsewhere.
  8. Copy of your 8th grade national examination certificate is essential.
  9. A copy of the Level III qualification certificate is essential and the National Certificate of Competence will be a recommendation.
  10. -Copies of work experience testimonies will be an advantage.


How to apply

  1. Applicants can apply from today until 29 December 2014.
  2. Applicants can apply on the website, by email or appear in person:
    1. i. Email: Administration@emacrew.com
    2. ii. EMTI website: www.emticorp.com
    3. iii. HR assistant, Maritime Academy:, Peda Campus, BDU University.
    4. iv. When applying on the website: Where you are asked on the application form for the ‘programme number’ type ER2.

Screening process

Applicants will have to pass the following screening process before joining the course:

  1. Written examination covering English, mechanical aptitude and mathematics.
  2. Interview panel including a basic handcraft test.
  3. Medical examination.

Additional information

We strongly recommend that all applicants follow our notices on the Maritime Academy web site. All notice, updates and screening results will be advertised via the web site.

Recruitment time table:

  1. Application by 29 December 2014.
  2. Entrance examination –
  3. Interview panel and medical examinations for candidates that pass the written exam –
  4. Send out finalist list –
  5. Course begins –

December 1st, 2014

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