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MI ceremony honours sailors from technician training program

Some of the members of the Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan (METTP) graduating class are pictured at a recent memorial service honouring Newfoundland and Labrador merchant marines killed during the Second World War.

By Darcy MacRae

The Fisheries and Marine Institute held a graduation ceremony for the Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan (METTP) on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Drill Hall in Pleasantville.

Ten sailors earned MI diplomas in marine engineering technology, including four from Newfoundland and Labrador. The provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia were also represented in the graduating class.

“It pleases me to know the Marine Institute is contributing to the training of the Canadian Navy and that these sailors are well trained and well-equipped to meet any challenge,” said Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute. “They are about to begin exciting careers as marine engineering technicians, careers that will take them around the world and see them make important contributions locally, nationally and internationally.”

The Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan is a joint venture between the Canadian navy and the Marine Institute. The METTP trains marine engineering technicians in the field of marine engineering through a two-year program at the MI campus on Ridge Road in St. John’s.

At the end of the two-year course, graduates proceed to full-time careers with the Canadian navy and will be stationed in Halifax, N.S., or Esquimalt, B.C. While serving as members of the Canadian navy, the sailors will be employed as marine engineering technicians.

This joint venture between the Marine Institute and the Canadian navy has been in place since 1992. More than 800 sailors have graduated from MI since the partnership began.

“Over the years, many METTP graduates of the Marine Institute have achieved a great deal of success in their field and I have no doubt the most recent graduates will follow in their footsteps,” said Mr. Blackwood.

The Marine Institute is the only post-secondary institution in Canada to have such an agreement with the Canadian navy. Mr. Blackwood said this is fitting considering the rich history Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have of serving in the armed forces.