History of the College
Founded in 1982, NNEC was established to produce technical manpower in sufficient number and right quality to meet the engineering requirements of the Nigerian Navy.
As part of the Navy’s efforts to localize overseas training, the Nigerian Navy (NN) established the Nigerian Navy Technical Training Centre (NNTTC) at a temporary site in Port Harcourt in 1982.The British training organization, International Military Service (IMS), provided technical support for the training. Following the acquisition of the former Sapele Port by the NN in September 1985, the NNTTC was relocated to its present site and commissioned as NNS URHIAPELE on May 1986. Messrs Dornier of Germany later replaced IMS as the technical partner of the College. When Dornier finally disengaged in 2000, Training became wholly indigenous. The Base was renamed NNEC Sapele in 2003.
The NNEC is charged with the responsibility of producing high quality engineers and technicians for the NN. NNEC has 7 training schools namely the Marine Engineering School (MES), Weapon Electrical Engineering School (WES), Basic Engineering School (BES), Mechanical Engineering School (MEES). Others include the Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence School (NBCD), which includes damage control and fire fighting training, Air Engineering School (AES) and the Computer Engineering School (CES). Currently these schools, less the NBCD School, offer courses only for NN officers and ratings, though ocassionally, personnel of civil organisations and professional institutions are trained in the College.
Courses offered in the College for the officers include the Officers Application Course (OAC), Special Duty Officers Post Commissioning Training (SDPCT), Engineering Acquaintance Course, and the Practical Above Water Course. The Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence courses are for only officers and ratings, while fire fighting, damage control and safety courses are for both NN personnel and civilians. The courses for ratings include the National Diploma (ND) and the proposed Higher National Diploma (HND) for the Artificers, Petty Officer Mechanic Qualifying Course, Leading Mechanic Qualifying Course. Others include the Basic Mechanic Qualifying Course, Intermediate Level Maintenance Course (covering Weapon, Fire Control and Refrigeration/Air Conditioning).
In order to give credence to training in the College, the NN is currently pursuing it’s vision to upgrade the College to a University status. This is in furtherance to NNEC potentials for providing specialist knowledge and advancement in the maritime industry. Additionally the College can develop it’s capacity to train graduates and postgraduates in maritime technology using specialised and state-of the-art facilities. Other areas include research and development in shipbuilding design, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), corrosion protection of ships and offshore structures.
NNEC is mandated to conduct training and re-training of NN technical personnel in marine engineering and safety related courses. The College apart from offering National Diploma (ND) in electrical engineering also offers certificate programmes in other schools. In addition, it may also organize other programmes as deemed necessary, subject to the directive of the Academic Board. Plans are at an advanced stage for the accreditation of other ND programmes and HND courses in the College. In line with the CNS Strategic Guidance 01, the College is pursuing affiliation and collaborative relationship with other institutions/stakeholders in the maritime industry and universities both at home and abroad.
Being the main centre for providing quality engineering and technical manpower for NN platforms, the NNEC remains relevant to the NN in particular and the maritime industry in general. Currently, all basic and intermediate level training in engineering and related specialist courses are conducted at the College. Beside the huge savings in scarce foreign exchange, adequate numbers of personnel are trained at NNEC to meet the NN technical manpower requirement. By providing training in marine engineering and related technical courses to the armed forces of sister African countries such as Ghanaian Navy, the NN thus fulfills the foreign policy thrust of the Federal Government.
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