How to join merchant navy after BTech?

If you dream of becoming a marine engineer and sail the seas but want to know how to join merchant navy after BTech then read this article to know it all. You can join Merchant Navy with your B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) and pursue a career in maritime.  As subjects you study in mechanical engineering are closely relevant to marine engineering courses, it’s much easier for you to get an opening in navy.  Currently, there’s a shortage of maritime professionals in the shipping industry and especially acquiring a B.Tech degree in mechanical engineering would be an advantage for you to get placed in shipping industry with priority.

How to join merchant navy after BTech

There are many courses available to study after completing B.E / B.Tech education. The completion of these courses will qualify you to undergo training in ship that would initiate your career in navy industry. 

Procedure to get placement as Marine Engineer

With B.Tech /B.E (Mechanical Engineering) you need to study a one year Graduate Marine Engineering (GME) and this would qualify you to become a marine engineer. GME is a one year residential programme wherein you need to attend theory and practical classes in laboratories and attend six months training at ship in campus. The course is approved by D.G. Shipping, Government of India. After the successful completion of this program, you can join and work at Merchant Navy as Marine Engineering cadet and work as Fifth engineer.

  • At least 50% of marks must be scored in the final year of Engineering (B.E / B.Tech).
  • Must have 50% of marks in English language in 10th or 12th or in degree.
  • Age limit : not above 28 years.
  • Must be physically fit and fulfil the health requirements set by Merchant Navy.

Salary of fifth engineer is anywhere between Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 75,000 per month.

How to join merchant navy after BTech

There are many institutes recognized by the Directorate General of Shipping, India, who provide 1-year GME (Graduate Marine Engineering Course) course.  Some of the popular institutes are as follows:

  • Academy of Maritime Education & Training, Chennai
  • Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala, Chennai
  • Vel’s Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Chennai
  • International Maritime Institute Ltd., Greater Noida
  • Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd., Kolkata
  • Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) announces vacancy for GME course periodically, so it’s recommended to check the website.

How to join merchant navy after BTech

You can plan to join Merchant Navy from 3rd or 4th year of engineering, so you can submit your application much earlier and undergo pre-sea training. GME course has 2 semesters and usually begins in September each year. The course fee varies from 3-5 lakhs per year depending on the facilities provided by the colleges.

GME syllabus consists of naval architecture, ship construction and ship safety.

Procedure to get placement as Assistant Electrical Officer

The Marine Electrical and Electronics Officer’s course consists of six months residential programme, wherein you need to attend theory and lab classes along with training in ship at campus. To join the program, you need:

  • BE / B.Tech (Electrical / Electronics/Electronics & communications) with 50% of marks in final year and also have 50% of marks in English in 10th or 12th or diploma.
  • Age should not be above 28 years.
  • Must be physically fit and must be healthy for sea service. Eye sight is allowed up to 0.5 distance vision and colour blindness is not allowed.
  • Minimum height should be 157 centimetres.

Salary for Assistant Electrical officer ranges from INR 28,000-68,000.

After successful completion of the course, you will can join the Merchant Navy and work as Assistant Electrical officer. Attaining certification in pre-sea training is mandatory as it explores your skills and technicalities to work efficiently in ship.


Making up your mind to join Merchant Navy is the most prominent solution that prepares you towards taking up various courses in Government approved institutes.  As you know, you need not quit navy until the time of your retirement and especially the work life is much smooth sailing taking you around different places and enabling you to demonstrate your professional caliber.