MTU Series 4000
CAPTAIN OA OYETOYAN (Nigerian Navy)
Commanding Officer Marine Engineering School
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Marine Engineering School (MES) features prominently at the centre of the College training efforts. The MES is the largest of the 8 Professional Schools in the College with respect to occupied space, equipment holding, manpower and ratio of under training personnel. The training objective of the MES is drawn from the NNEC training mandate as enshrined in the CNS Strategic Directives (SD-5) of 2021 which is to produce excellent and result-oriented marine engineers and technicians for the development of the Nigerian Navy and the nation’s maritime industry.
To achieve its core training objectives, the MES is well structured for effective administration. The MES is headed by the Commanding Officer (CO) who is responsible to the Commandant for the efficient administration of the School. The CO is assisted by the Chief Instructor (CI) who is responsible for developing the training programmes as well as the supervision and administration of personnel instructors attached to the School. On the academic ground, the CO is assisted by the Head of Department (HOD). The Office of the HOD was created to meet the requirements of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for accreditation of the School. The HOD is a civilian staff of the rank of Senior Lecturer with relevant qualifications in Marine/Mechanical Engineering. The HOD coordinates the running of core academic courses in line with NBTE guidelines for the award of National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marine Engineering Technology. Pertinently, it is important to state that some of the College’s programmes have been accredited by the NBTE and the School is eminently qualified to award commensurate certificates to the deserving graduating students of the College.
The MES currently conducts a 4-year Artificer training for NN personnel and other sister Services as well as personnel of other African nations, which is broken down into a 2-year National Diploma (ND) and another 2-year Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marine Engineering Technology in accordance with the NBTE guidelines for accreditation. The School is expected to be opened to the public in the nearest future. The School also conducts the yearly Officers Application Course (OAC) for Marine Engineering Officers of the NN to qualify them for Watch Keeping Duties onboard NN platforms. Aside these regular programmes, the School also conducts several other training packages for the NN personnel. These include the Special Duty Officers Course (SDOC), MTU and Outboard Engine Maintenance Courses as well as the Petty Officer Marine Engineering (POME) Qualifying Course. Others are the Intermediate Level Maintenance Course (ILMC) and Engineering Acquaintance Training for Executive Branch Officers undergoing the Sub Technical Course (STC). The School also trains personnel up to Qualifying Level 2 on MTU 2000 and 4000 series engines. Additionally, several personnel have been trained on Outboard Engine Maintenance in the School. For the 2 courses, it is interesting to state that several batches of the courses have been conducted and many NN technical personnel have benefitted.