School Of Graduate Studies

Professional & Vocational Programmes

Professional & Vocational Programmes

Pre-Sea Vocational Training Programme

Entry Requirement:

Middle School Leaving Certificate or Basic Education Certificate (JHS/JSS), Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), WASSCE, GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent Technical Certificate, and HND

This course is endorsed by the Ghana Maritime Authority as a pre-requisite for the issuance of the Seaman’s Discharge Book.

Course Duration       – Six (6) Weeks

Course Fee              – $300.00

Admission Form       – GH¢60.00

Programmable Logic Controller Training – Basic Level


Marine Engine Mechanic is a six months vocational programme by the Regional Maritime University under the Faculty of Engineering, Marine Engineering Department. The programme seeks to give participants broad Technical and General Mechanical expertise in Engine Room Operation and its Maintenance.

Who is it for?

For persons interested in becoming highly qualified Motor-man (a qualification to aid the 2nd Engineer) on board Merchant and Local ships.  The Vocational programme aims to produce graduates with expertise as Motor-man/ Oiler/ Wiper capable of combining technical and scientific skills with an understanding of the Engine room operations and maintenance, the Oil and Gas industry operations as well as land-based industries. 


What is covered?

  • Engineering Science
  • Basic Workshop Practice
  • Electrical Engineering Science
  • Seamanship
  • Mathematics 
  • General Ship Knowledge
  • Marine Diesel Engines
  • Marine Plant Operations and Maintenance 


Benefits to you


  • Participants will explore major environmental concerns: Ports trips, hands-on engine room practical’s and learn proactive approaches to solve these environmental problems as Motor-man/ Oiler/ Wiper on-board shipping vessels. 


  • Land-based jobs exist for M.E.M students in the Maritime industry as well as Mechanical Workshops. 
  • An M.E.M graduate/ motorman may advance to the officer class based on performance in the industry. 


Entry Requirements: Middle School Leaving Certificate/Basic Education Certificate (JHS), SSSCE, WASSCE G.C.E. ‘O’ Level or equivalent.



The Vocational Training Centre of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) introduces the following short courses:



The various courses introduce participants to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) knowledge in applied basic metallurgy, measurements and acquisition of welding skills in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. By progressing to the fourth course, training will cover the principles of machining, measurement, tool grinding, and machine shop safety etc.  

Who is it for?

This course targets persons seeking to acquire skills in basic welding & fabrication practice. RMU welding programme is a foundation course which leads to Level II (welding and fabrication), Pipe welding and other specialized areas in welding. This programme is for persons seeking to acquire vocational skill through practical hands-on training.


Benefits to you

  • The training prepares students for the job market and equips them with entrepreneurial skills required to operate small to medium scale welding shops.
  • The Welding & Fabrication II opens opportunities into the Oil and Gas Industry for candidates.  
  • The course prepares candidates with skills for the Maritime Industry as well as to acquire specialization in other branches of the welding vocation.
  • Candidates will also acquire skills in blueprint reading and sketching.

Entry Requirements: Basic Education Certificate (JHS), SSSCE, WASSCE G.C.E. ‘O’ Level or equivalent.



Entry Requirements: Middle School Leaving Certificate or Basic Education Certificate (JHS/JSS), Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), WASSCE, GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent Technical Certificate and HND.

The above programme is endorsed by the Ghana Maritime Authority as a pre-requisite for the issuance of the Seaman’s Discharge Book.



Entry Requirements:  West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)/Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSCE) Holders:  Pass in three (3) core subjectsEnglish Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science, plus elective Technical Drawing OR Basic Education Certificate Examination and minimum of two (2) years refrigeration and air condition apprenticeship.


  • To be equipped with hands-on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning mechanic (in domestic, industrial and vehicle)
  • Be proficient in the use and maintenance of hand and power tools to the standard and safety required in the trade
  • Have a thorough knowledge of the principal components of refrigeration systems, heat/cool units and air conditioning
  • Have an intimate knowledge of other mechanical trades which contribute to Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems
  • Be empowered to exercise good judgement and resourcefulness in construction, maintenance and workplace health and safety etc.


    • Graduates of the Regional Maritime University are eligible for employment as sea-going or shore-based personnel in reputable organizations worldwide as RMU Certificates have international accreditation and recognition;
    • Graduates gain a dual career option and so are competent both at sea or ashore with an academic/professional qualification providing opportunities for career progression to Chief Engineer, Captain, Maritime Administrator, Electrical Engineer, ICT Professional;
    • You will be exposed to a wide array of additional programmes including Oil and Gas Training;


  • You will get to do internships with world-class organizations such as Tullow Oil; Bernard Schulte Ship Management, etc.
  • You will be equipped to take up supervisory and middle-level management positions in shipping agencies, maritime and transport related ministries, export and import industries etc.




The AutoCAD Basic/Intermediate introduces basic techniques and tools required to enable proficiency in the use of AutoCAD software and in creating and editing simple drawings. Candidates will be exposed to concepts such as understanding AutoCAD workspace/user interface, opening an existing drawing, using the drawing and modifying tools, creating layers, text manager, dimension manager, leader manager and tables etc.



  •  You will be equipped to understand the fundamental tools involved in using AutoCAD.
  • Graduates will be empowered to build competence with how to use tools required for Computer Aided Designs.
  • To navigate throughout AutoCAD using major navigating tools and understand the concept and techniques in drawing.
  • Exposed to the use of AutoCAD for multiple designs using several tool. It is expected that candidates will be able to create layers to control the objects’ visibility and use constraint for certain designs.
  • Candidates will be enabled to create complex drawings, inserting blocks and X ref including customizing drawing templates.


The AutoCAD Advanced introduces the concepts behind isometric drawings, 3D modelling in AutoCAD. This course provides candidates with the needed proficiency in the use of AutoCAD software in creating and editing 3D drawings. Topics to be covered includes solid modelling and editing demands, creating 3D models from 2D models and rendering models, plotting 3D models or exporting as images for presentation and many more.




  • To understand the fundamental tools involved in using AutoCAD for Isometric drawings.
  • Create 3D models from 2D designs. 
  • Be exposed to the use of solid modelling, surface modelling and mesh modelling techniques. 
  • Equipped to creating multiple viewports.
  • Prepare candidates to produce visualizations of models incorporating materials.
  • To produce visualizations of models incorporating lighting.
  • Have control in interpreting drawings and presentations.




AutoCAD Plant 3D is a plant layout design tool used by designers and engineers to model and document process plants in 3D. AutoCAD Plant 3D teaches new users how to use key features for building, maintaining and creating content for 3D process plant models. Sessions cover creating projects and P&IDs, creating structures, creating equipment, editing specifications and catalogues, adding valves, fittings and pipe supports, creating orthographic drawings and managing data and creating reports.


  • Candidates will have comprehensive overview of the AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D.
  • Candidates will be able to setup projects and administration. 
  • Candidates will be equipped to create P&IDs using symbols related to various standards such as PIP, ISO, ISA, DIN, and JIS-ISO. 
  • The program will enable candidates to edit specifications and catalogs.
  • Candidates will gain intrinsic knowledge into Plant layout and arrangements.
  • Candidates will be able to generate isometric drawings, which can be used to manufacture.



Steel fabricators typically have very specific standards that govern how their documents look (and what their crews are expecting to see on those documents), candidates for this course will explore how to customize Advance Steel software to accommodate fabricator standards, produce common CNC (computer numerical control) files, and automatically create documents that display the information that fabrication crews can easily read and interpret. The overall goal is to enhance productivity and reduce rework and fabrication errors through customization tools within Advance Steel software.



  • Candidates will be enabled to understand the fundamental tools involved in using Autodesk Advance Steel.
  • Candidates will learn how to customize the automatically generated fabrication drawings in Advance Steel to the liking of a steel fabricator.
  • This program will enlighten candidates to incorporate custom connections that are commonly used by a steel fabricator for easy reuse on all detailing projects.
  • Candidates will be equipped to create 3D models and associated documents in the shortest possible time.
  • Candidate will be able to automatically generate shop drawings and general arrangement drawings to your specifications with flexible formatting options.
  • The program will broaden the scope of candidates to better understand best practices and pitfalls to avoid in Advance Steel to generate consistent, quality output drawings and data


Job Prospects for AutoCAD 

  • Graduates of this program are eligible for careers in drafting and design technologies.
  • Candidates gain dual career opportunity as Electrical / Mechanical Drafters
  • Training acquired equips graduate as architectural and civil drafters.
  • Knowledge acquired poses you ready in industrial environmental as industrial designers.

1.    Develop strong fundamentals in the knowhow of PLC

2.    Develop strong skills in industrial and domestic PLC

3.    Identify the various components of a PLC, principles of operation, applications, types and modifying operations etc.

4.    Identify and understand PLC work stations, input/output modules and specifications, central processing units, memory types and design, saving and retrieving of data from PLC.

5.    learn what relays, sensors, timers, counters & contactors do and how they are used

6.    Check and confirm status of PLC, write and edit PLC programs.

7.     Develop circuits from Boolean algebra, ladder, program word level logic instructions and SFC etc.

8.    Understand PLC programming languages, instruction addressing, flag & branch instructions ladder diagram entering etc.

9.    Understand PLC programming and wiring and write various programmes

10. Practically hard wire and program PLC to perform various functions.

11. Confirm communication between PLC and PC

12. Diagnose PLC problems, online, monitor mode, upload, download, write mode and monitor application.

  1. Fundamentals of programmable logic controllers
  2. Basics of PLC programming
  3. Programmable logic controllers wiring and programming
  4. Programming timers, branch instructions, flags, bit instructions, byte instructions, counters etc.

The training is highly recommended for professionals who handle or work with electromechanical and automated machinery interested in gaining PLC knowledge including:

  1. Electrical professionals, Engineers, Technicians and technician engineers
  2. Electricians with practical know-how.


Applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.

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Why Study at RMU?

Founded in 1958, the Regional Maritime University is one of the oldest maritime universities in Africa and boasts a rich and proud history.

Our courses are developed in collaboration with industry and government bodies, placing our highly skilled graduates in high demand across the globe.

We are ISO certified and globally recognised as being a centre for excellence. Our specialist teaching, learning and research facilities are internationally acclaimed and are utilised by government bodies and maritime-related businesses world-wide. 

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