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Engine Cadets with and Without Additional Training on Training Vessel – Competences Comparison Case Study

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In the last decade evolution of the requirements for training and professional competences of ship’s crewmembers, including ship engineers can be observed. Despite the implementation of training programs according to IMO requirements in maritime training centres, a different level of competence of young people beginning their professional career on ships in the engine department is observed. The article discusses general conventions, goals, and effects of the “BS Cadet Program” training program, introduced by one of the larger German ship-owner to improve the competencies of crewmembers at the operational level, who will take duties of the watch engineer in the ship engine room soon. General idea of this training program is reducing the time of the path career what is a standard in most shipping companies. Such idea in this program is utilised by directly merging theoretical knowledge with professional practice on special prepared training vessel. The work present also comparison of the acquired knowledge verification results of training participants with the results of engine cadets from last semester of the UMG Faculty of Engineering. The comparison includes computer exercises of Marine equipment and machineries (UNITEST Company – CBT) also genera ship and engine room knowledge checked by written test called “Final Test” carried out on the end of 3 months training.

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Preface – Dedicated to Prof. Ing. Pavel Élesztős, Csc. and Prof. Ing. Stanislav Žiaran, Csc. on the Occasion of Their 70th Birthday

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The article deals with the contribution of Prof. Ing. Pavol Élesztős, CSc. in the field of engineering. He was born in 1948, studied and subsequently remained at the Faculty of Engineering at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava since 1968. Under his leadership 6 dissertation theses were defended in the study program of Applied Mechanics. He is the author of 1 monograph, co-author of 2 monographs, author of 30 reviewed scientific articles in journals, and over 250 original scientific papers published in domestic and foreign conference proceedings. Professor Élesztős is currently a Professor Emeritus and is known as a talented teacher.

This article is a celebration of prof. Ing. Stanislav Žiaran’s, CSc. contribution to the field of engineering. Born in 1948, since 1966 he studied and subsequently continued his academic career at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He has supervised 2 dissertation and 42 diploma theses, which were successfully defended in the study programs Applied mechanics and Mechatronics. Prof. Žiaran is the author to 5 monographs, 9 textbooks, 13 university textbooks, 6 manuals for the engineering industry and more than 290 original scientific papers published in domestic as well as international journals and conference proceedings. He has translated of 111 ISO and EN standards, 107 research reports for practice and he is the editor of 20 peer-reviewed scientific proceedings Noise and Vibration in Practice. He also presented 16 requested lectures at world congresses abroad. Prof. Žiaran is a gifted teacher of mechanics and his students appreciate his enthusiasm and knowledge he is sharing with them.

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