Marine Engineering Research Institute
It was here that Jishi Samuel did his pre sea training.
Marine Engineering & Research Institute (MERI), Mumbai
erstwhile Directorate of Marine Engineering Training (DMET),
with its Headquarters at Kolkata and branch at Mumbai was
established in the year 1949 to impart training to the Marine
Engineering Cadets. The Marine Engineering & Research
Institute situated at Haybundar in Mumbai provides 1 year
Pre-Sea Training (Trainee Marine Engineering (TME) course)
to graduate Mechanical Engineers prior to their sailing on
board, with an intake capacity of 105 candidates per batch,
to enable them to go on ships as Junior Engineers.
To be eligibile for this course, the candidate should have
passed engineering degree in mechanical or in Naval Architecture
from an AICTE recognized Institute.
The Graduate Engineers sponsored by various Indian and foreign
shipping companies are admitted to this course. The fees for
this course is around Rs. 1,40,000/- including messing, uniform
and accommodation. The institute is fully equipped to impart
effective training in all the aspects of Marine Engineering.
Shri A.K. Sehgal,Dy.Director
Marine Engineering and Research Institute
Hay Bunder Road,Mumbai - 400 033
A few words of caution...
If this inspired you to embark on a voyage as a Marine Engineer...this
is the time to ask a few questions to yourself.
Do you have the right stuff in you to become a sea dog?
It is important to understand what it takes to be a successful
Marine Engineer. This is no 9 to 5 job and definitely not
the career for those who long for the home at the end of the
day. Once a ship sets sail, it might be months before you
get back home. Most ships do not berth at every harbor and
sometimes they wait for days in anchorage at the outer harbour
for various reasons. You might never step on land for months
at a stretch. To compensate for this, the marine personnel
were given long months of holidays in early days which is
again becoming a rare privilege nowadays. In modern day shipping
you hardly get a couple of months as holiday. Some companies
allow officers of higher posts to carry their families with
them while sailing. But this again may cause concern of reduced
efficiency and a host of social issues while on board.
The following quality traits are regarded as essential for
a marine engineer:
Ability to be a good team member
Ability to keep calm under pressure and crisis
Enjoy working with tools
Good at conceptualizing forms and structures
Knack for numbers
Excellent communication skills
Good sea legs and liking for sea travel