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The “Postgraduate” Maritime Conversion Program

Ethiopian universities graduate several thousand mechanical and electrical engineers each year. EMTI provides an elite post-graduate program at Bahir Dar University (BDU) for all mechanical and electrical engineering graduates who have completed a rigorous five-year academic program at an accredited Ethiopian university.

Engineering graduates are eager to establish careers with international companies and earn international wages. Therefore, EMTI offers young, professionally trained Ethiopians an extremely desirable opportunity to become marine officers. A marine officer is viewed as prestigious and elite throughout Ethiopia, therefore the Maritime Academy has an abundant supply of prospective Cadets to recruit for its Maritime Academy. EMTI’s faculty carefully screens applicants to select the most capable and disciplined Cadets for its maritime training program.

The selective application process involves various stages including: personal interviews, review of prior academic performance, medical fitness tests and screening exams. For the OOEW (Officer In-Charge Of an Engineering Watch) Course, the screening exams cover English, math, physics, chemistry and thermodynamics. For the ETO (Electro Technical Officer) Course, the screening exams cover English, electricity, electronics and automation. Upon being admitted to EMTI, the selected mechanical and electrical engineering Cadets undergo 6 rigorous months of academic education, hands-on workshop training with modern equipment, survival training, discipline training, leadership training and career mentorship.

EMTI’s faculty and instructors, from various nationalities, are professionally trained and experienced Captains, Chief Engineers and Senior Electro Technical Officers with long-standing practical experience in the global maritime industry. Expectations of strong academic performance and discipline standards are closely monitored and strictly enforced to ensure that all graduates meet the Maritime Academy’s high criteria.

  • Cadet Selection Criteria (Postgraduate Program)

    • Qualifying undergraduate GPA score.

    • Complete an EMTI Entrance Examination.

    • Interview with the EMTI Selection Committee.

    • Complete Legal Registration documents.

    • EMTI administered medical examination required for acceptance.

    Selection will be determined based on the results of the above listed criteria, as well as the applicant’s career motivation, interest in working internationally and their recommendations.

  • Curriculum and Training (Postgraduate Program)

    • Cadets shall receive courses at Bahir Dar University.

    • Cadets will complete approximately 1,000 hours of Marine Engineering curriculum and training at Bahir Dar over a 6-month period, including theory courses, practical training in workshops and laboratories, simulator training, and basic and advanced STCW training (including fire-fighting, personal safety and social responsibility, proficiency and survival at sea, medical and first aid).

    • EMTI is a highly regimented Maritime Academy that emphasizes discipline, fitness and academic performance, as expected aboard an international commercial ship.

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