Modern vessels are
furnished with sophisticated electronics which requires skilled handling and
occasional troubleshooting, so ETO or Electro-technical Officer is an important
member of the Engine Crew who operates and maintains all computer operated machinery
If elaborate, ETO’s
job profile usually includes:
Working with and repair of electronic equipment
such as Automated Engine Room Controls, High Voltage Systems, pumps,
maintenance of ME alarms;
Keeping in order ship’s electrical components
for instance lighting system, emergency batteries, navigational lights and so
Faults detection and troubleshooting on the
bridge: upkeep of navigational equipment i.e. radio, echosounders,
Gypocompasses, DP system, etc.;
Maintenance of cargo systems and cranes
Officers’ salaries may fluctuate slightly depending on the vessel type. For
example, the wage rate for Bulk Carriers and Container Ships vary from USD 4 800 to USD 5 500. Salaries will
be a bit lower - around USD 4000 for
Heavy Lifts, Multi Purpose ships, Reefers and similar dry bulk vessels, but
there are some decent exclusions.
General Cargo vessels
and Coasters are at the bottom of the list with about USD 2 500 - USD 3000 wage rate this position.
ETOs are in demand
among crewing managers focusing on tanker fleet. Oil Product Tanker and
Chemical Tanker ETOs will be offered from USD
5 500 to USD 6 000 and for LPG/LNG carriers stakes go even higher to USD 7 000 to USD 8 020 per month.
recruits a lot of Electro Technical Officers as well. Wage rates vary
considerably. For most unsophisticated AHTS, PSV, Seismic vessels, AHT, etc. it
will constitute USD 150 - 180 per
day. Bigger and/or more technically advanced vessels will offer USD 200 - 220 and more per day.
Incidentally, ETO’s salary at Jack up rig will begin from USD 300 daily.