Managing the shipyard floor is an exciting and challenging career for youngsters as they get first-hand experience in manufacturing, designing and operations of a ship. They learn how to maintain and repair the ship’s machinery, gas turbines, ventilation as well as the technicalities relating to power generation, distribution and electrical control systems.
Naval experts believe that there is a huge scope for professionals in the maritime business. According to a study by Assocham, the Indian shipbuilding and ship repair industry is likely to touch Rs. 9,200 crore from the current level of just over Rs. 7,310 crore.
To become a shipyard floor manager, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in ­shipbuilding and repair, ie, BSc (ship building and repair).
There are only three ­institutes in India where one can do a BSc (ship building and repair). These include Indian Maritime University, Kochi Campus, Hind Institute of Nautical Science and Engineering, Hathras and College of Ship Technology, Palakkad.
“To facilitate and promote maritime studies, training, research and extension work, the Central government has set up the Indian Maritime University (IMU) by an Act of Parliament in November 2008. All institutes teaching maritime courses are affiliated to IMU,” says Sanjeev Kulshreshtha who heads the Hind Institute of Nautical Science and Engineering, Hathras.
This course is designed to educate and train cadets.