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About this course

The main principles of resource management relate to the non-technical skills associated with the social interaction between team members, situation awareness and decision-making. This is a high fidelity, complex, simulated working environment. 

This course is company-specific and can be booked on demand. It accommodates a maximum of four and a minimum of three officers from the same company and works best with a team of varied ranks and we recommend a complete engine room team of chief engineer, first/second engineer, second/third engineer and third/fourth engineer. 

The course promotes best practice in resource management by using all available human, informational and equipment resources toward the goal of safe and efficient operations, and to enhance and encourage a systematic approach to the management of engine room systems and operations through practice. The priority is that delegates establish and maintain a safe working platform and environment through teamwork. 

What you'll learn

On completion of the course, you should have the knowledge to: 

  • Develop a ‘quality improvement’ orientated culture with respect to safety of operation, emergency preparedness, protection of the environment and achieving goals within acceptable limits. 
  • Choose to adopt a proactive methodical and systematic approach to the management of systems, operations and communications through teamwork and to evaluate any deviation from a specific operational objective plan and analyse the reasons for this deviation. 
  • Be able to identify and analyse risk factors to include consideration of human behavioural factors, which contribute to human error and situational awareness. 
  • Identify the priorities to which a manager must attend with respect to safety operations: 
    • Within hours of joining the vessel 
    • During commissioning of the vessel 
    • Before the vessel gets underway 
  • Develop the skills and confidence of the more junior members of the team through appropriate briefing, guidance and debriefing techniques. 
  • Assess own performance and formulate objectives for continuing professional development purposes. 
  • Develop fault diagnosis strategies and methodologies. 
  • Identify and terminate the development of error chains. 
  • Identify essential on-board training needs of both individuals and the team with regard to both operational and emergency situations. 

Junior officers will gain some insight into the decision-making activities of senior officers and to the development of teamwork. 

Note: In June 2010, the IMO Diplomatic Conference in Manila approved amendments to part A of the STCW Code, including the addition of the competence in Table A-III/2 of 'Use leadership and managerial skills'. The learning objectives of our engine room resource management course cover all the requirements of the STCW amendments in relation to effective resource management. The course syllabus/material is relevant, current and appropriate and reflects industry best practice. 

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Solent University from week commencing 6 July 2020.

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Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

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Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday