This is a career development programme that prepares Singaporeans to join the maritime industry and pursue their aspirations as Marine Engineers onboard ocean-going ships.

The cadets will be attending full-time classroom-based training and practical lessons for 8 months as part of the pre-sea training, covering a series of modules listed below.

Bite-sized eLearning nuggets, complete with many quizzes, form the bulk of the course material for teaching and learning. These eLearning nuggets are to promote differentiated learning as participants are expected to be from various backgrounds. The course leverages on the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment. Majority of the learning and assessments shall be done on laptops and through online platforms. Almost 90% of the course is also available on mobile platforms. A constructivist Moodle Course Management System integrated with a dynamic WMI Knowledgebase Server form the backbone of our teaching/learning resources. WMI Knowledgebase is for storing the course contents and the concept maps, which are used for explaining various knowledge concepts and their inter-relationships. The engineering cadets are facilitated during the course by senior practitioners in the pursuit of knowledge, skills and in safe working practices using Transas Engine Simulator. Average trainer-cadet ratio is presently 1:8.

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This course leverages on e-quizzes for both formative and summative assessments. The assessments include multiple choice (and variants such as true/false), multiple response (select all that apply), hotspot (select an area of an image), sequencing (for learning procedural tasks), matching (matching images with texts or matching keywords with sentences for association), drag and drop (classify a number of items by dragging and dropping into various columns) and gap-fill quizzes (to check correct understanding of a content area). All these are useful during formative learning when repeated attempts are encouraged with scope to revisit the content area. Immediate feedbacks for assessments include positive as well as negative feedback with prompts to retry the quiz. However, for summative assessments only one attempt is allowed. Additionally, some discussion type quizzes and manual sketching type questions are also included in some modules. Additionally, there will be a) short/long answer assessments, b) group presentations and c) oral examination components to prepare the cadets for the COC Class 5 Written and Oral Examinations.

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Eight months (seven months for TETA Cohort 1 students) are spent in class completing the following modules during this post-sea training course.

1.      Internal Combustion Engines and Boilers (Core Module)

2.     Auxiliary Machinery (Core Module)

3.     Engine Room Simulator II (Core Module)

4.     Engine Room Watchkeeping, Safety and Emergency Procedures (Core Module)

5.     Integrated Control (Core Module)

6.     Electrotechnology II (Core Module)

7.     Interpretation of Shipboard Drawings (Core Module)

8.     Ship Powering and Construction (Core Module)

9.     Project Work (Core Module)




· Entrance Test



To successfully complete the training, cadets must pass all the core modules with a passing mark of 60% and non-core modules with a passing mark of 50%.

Upon successful completion of the training the cadets will be issued with the following documents from WMI:

· Certificate in Marine Engineering (Certificate of Competency Class 5 Marine Engineer Officer) Preparatory Course

· Examination Results

· Discharge Letter


The cadets will be required to clear the following before joining ship as a Class 5 Marine Engineer: 

· Class 5 COC Written Examination at Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

· Class 5 COC Oral Examination at Maritime Port Authorities, Singapore (MPA)


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