Skills training for seagoing Engineering Cadets

TRAILBLAZERS: The Department of Maritime Studies has teamed up with industry and the College of Cape Town to train marine engineering students in workshop skills which are needed before they start working on ships
In yet another first for the African continent, CPUT has teamed up with industry and the College of Cape Town (CCT) to launch a project to boost the skills of marine engineering students.


This flagship project is intended to provide the much needed statutory South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) accredited Marine Engineering Workshop Training (MEWT) to CPUT marine engineering cadets, who have successfully passed S1 and S2 in 2016.


The training will take place prior to their work integrated learning seagoing phase aboard internationally owned trading vessels.


“The MEWT is a is a statutory requirement of the SAMSA Code and the International Maritime Organisation’s international convention governing the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers to which South Africa is a signatory,” says Pieter Coetzer, Training and Development Manager at the South African Maritime Training Authority (SAMTRA).


Participants include CPUT’s Department of Maritime Studies, the College of Cape Town, SAMTRA and the Transport Education Training Authority.


The students will be trained on, among others, diesel engines, electrical, fitting and turning, hydraulics, pneumatics, sheet metal work and welding for a period of approximately eight months.


Coetzer adds that the CPUT students will after the training be required to work on merchant ships for a further 12 months, and obtain an internationally recognized certificate of competency issued by SAMSA.


“This will enable them to work in the international shipping arena as Marine Engineers, and earn a tax-free, foreign currency salary,” he says.


The programme also ties in with the Government’s Operation Phakisa, an initiative aimed at tapping into the opportunities the ocean’s economy provide.


Written by Kwanele Butana Tel: +27 21 959 6916

Provides coverage for the Business and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.