Primary job tasks

As a ship’s officer, you are the commander of major commercial and passenger ships. Your responsibilities cover on-board safety, crew management, planning of voyages and navigation. You are also in charge of communications with foreign authorities when the ship is in port. As a senior officer, you can also be responsible for the bridge as well as the engine room.

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Your motivations and qualifications

  • You have an upper secondary education or vocational training + 4 supplementary courses
  • A training agreement with a shipping company
  • Ambitions and desire to work with navigation, engineering and electronics
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work intense periods followed by months off with paid leave

The programme

The ship’s officer programme is divided in two parts both taking place at SIMAC in Svendborg.

Junior Officer (4 years) a professional bachelor in maritime transport and ship management.

Senior Officer (about 18 months supplement programme).

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The programme is dual, meaning that you train for two job roles:

  • Master mariner - subjects include: Navigation, management, radio communications, maritime law and security
  • Marine Engineer - subjects include: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, refrigeration technology and technical English

As a senior officer, you can choose to focus on only one of the areas or continue with both. During the training, you alternate between school and sailing.

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Career opportunities

As a ship’s officer, you actually have two educations in one and your skills are in high demand.

You can work as master mariner or marine engineer or have a contract to do both. You can sail around the world on merchant ships or in Danish waters working on e.g., ferries. There are also opportunities to work onshore at large plants or with a shipping company.

4 good reasons for choosing this career path:

  • Your skills are in high demand
  • You can travel the world
  • No two days are alike
  • Attractive salary and tax benefits when you sail

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Join the club

Meet the awesome women in the maritime industry and find out why they decided on a maritime career.

Among others, read about Emma, who has chosen to study marine engineering, and Ingrid Marie, who is an engineer and Ph.d. student at Denmark’s Technical University.


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