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ATS Marine Engineering
ATS Marine Engineering

The course offered on Marine Engineering  by CSSM is known as "Alternate Training Scheme". This is shortly known as ATS. The course is designed by International Maritime Organization (an apex organization to look after the interest of Marine Industry). IMO provided guidelines for the course through the model course 7.04 under STCW '95 (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations.  This internationally accepted model is adopted by member countries of the world with suitable modifications to meet their own industrial requirements. In India, Director General of Shipping has adopted the ATS course as per the guidelines of IMO. D.G. Shipping is the certifying body of Government of India, which approved CSSM to conduct ATS course. At present, CSSM is the only approved and certified Institution to conduct ATS course in India. Due to continuous shortage of marine engineers at the global level, member countries of IMO have deliberated at length the need for a short-term course to fill the demand-supply gap of marine engineers. Hence, this new course is introduced in all the countries throughout the World. ATS is split into three phases as follows:

Phase-1 (First year): 12 months training (residential) at CSSM
Phase-2 (Second year): 9 months training on-board ship as Trainee Marine Engineer, arranged by CSSM.
Phase-3 (Third year): 11 months training (residential) at CSSM

On completion of ATS at CSSM, the candidates will have to appear for the M.O.T. Class-IV Part "A" examination in the following papers, conducted by D.G.Shipping, Government of India:
Marine Heat Engines
Applied Mechanics
Marine Engineering Drawing

After passing the above examination, the candidates will be issued Certificate of Competency (CoC) by D.G.Shipping. Based on this certificate, they will be designated as Junior Engineer to sail in the ship. Given the level of expertise available at CSSM, passing the above examination will be smooth sailing affair for the cadets.
The most important aspect ATS is that the cadets are sent for this ship-based training in the second year for 9 months after successful completion of first year training at CSSM. During this on-board training, the cadets possess hands on experience on board. Therefore, they have ready market acceptance after completion of the course. Through ATS, one can swiftly become Chief Engineer in a short period of 8 to 10 years.
Eligibility Norms
To join CSSM, one must fulfill the following requirements, as prescribed by the D.G.Shipping, Government of India.

Nationality: Indian
Sex: Male / Female
Age: 17 to 25 years ( 5 years relaxed for SC, ST candidates )

Educational Qualifications
A pass in +2/Intermediate/PUC/HSC or any equivalent qualification with 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry & Maths. 50% marks in English either in 10th std. or +2 std.
Diploma holders OR B.Sc., degree holders are also eligible and they can apply only on the basis of their +2 background with 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and 50% marks in English either in 10th std. or +2 std.
NEET or CET is not required to join this course.

Physical Standards
Candidates wishing to join Marine Engineering must be Medically and Physically Fit as per Merchant Shipping (Medical Examinations) Rules, 2000 and Medical Examination (Seafarers) Convention 73, under ILO Convention 147.
Following are the basic requirements:

Eye sight: (a) 6/6 permissible upto +2.5
(b) Colour vision should be normal.
(c) Field of vision should be normal.
Hearing: Normal in both ears
Height: A minimum of 157 cms
Weight: A minimum of 50 kgs

Candidates should undergo the following medical tests in any private or Government diagnostic centres (with a Government approved Doctors) prior to applying for the course, and attach the photocopies of the medical reports along with application. Original medical reports must be submitted at the time of interview.

Blood Test: HB %, TC, DC, ESR, Blood platelet count, VDRL, Blood grouping and RH typing 
X - RAY : Chest PA 
ECG in all leads 
Urine analysis.
Eye test, Ear test


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