Country

Name
Bulgaria  
Region
Europe (EU)  
National System of the Education and MET

 
Academic MET

1 Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy

Academics

 

Naval Warfare Officers

The course of study lasts 5 years. There are two parallel and simultaneous major programs underlying cadets' training: Navy Task Group Organization and Control as well as Navigation. On successful graduation cadets acquire two B. Sc. Degrees in the respective majors.

The academic syllabus includes Science, Seamanship, Navigation, Ship Handling and Manoeuvring, Weapons Operation and Employment, Ship Damage Control, Communications etc. English, IT and Social Sciences are part of the syllabus as well.

Internship is conducted on board naval ships and covers all aspects of the future Naval Warfare Officer duties.

The course of training concludes with state exams in the majors and English.

Graduates can occupy the following posts in Bulgarian Navy: platoon commander, head of operations and navigation department on board all naval ship types, weapons department head, missile boat commander, executive officer, watch-keeping officer on merchant sea- and river-going vessels.

Active-duty Navy officers enhance their knowledge by attending courses held at the Academy Postgraduate Qualification Centre.

 

 

Engineers for the Navy

The duration of the course of study is 5 years. Two parallel and simultaneous major programs underlie the cadets' training: Navy Task Group Organization and Control as well as Marine Engineering. On successful graduation cadets acquire two B. Sc. Degrees in the respective majors.

The academic syllabus includes fundamental subjects such as Calculus, Physics, IT, Foundations of Mechanical Engineering, Technical Drawing, Metallography, Metals Technology, Foundations of Mechanical Theory, English, etc.

The specialised level includes Ship Power Plant Operation and Maintenance; Marine Diesel Engines, Turbines and Systems; Ship Electrical Installations; Ship Repairs.

Internship is conducted on board navy ships and covers all aspects of ship operation, maintenance, servicing and repair of ship power plants.

The course of training concludes with development and presentation of a diploma project and a state examination in Specialized English.

Graduates can gain employment in the following posts: platoon commander, engineering department head on board all navy ship types, watch-keeping engineer on merchant sea- and river-going vessels, specialist in machinery design and repair technology.

 

 

Naval Communications Officers

During the five-year course of study training follows two parallel and simultaneous major programs: Navy Task Group Organization and Control as well as Naval Communications. On successful graduation, cadets acquire two B. Sc. Degrees in the respective majors.

The academic syllabus includes fundamental subjects such as Calculus, Physics, IT, and other special knowledge and skills in the field of Radar, Sonar and Electronic Navigation Systems Theory and Operation; Radio Wave Propagation; Microwave and Antenna Units; Microprocessor and other Circuitry; Ship Communication Systems; Cable and Multiplex Technology; Computer Communications; Electronic Equipment Repairs; Naval Weapons and Tactics; Electronic Warfare and Interference Protection of Radio Equipment; etc.

The training period ends with state examinations.

Graduates recieve officer commissions in the Bulgarian Navy and can occupy the following positions both aboard ship and ashore: communications department head on board all navy ship types, head of surveillance and communications post, radar operator, electronic warfare and interference section commander, platoon commander, etc.

As active-duty officers they attend post-graduate courses at the Academy post-graduate qualification centre for promotion or further specialization.

 

 

Deck Officers

On successful graduation from the Academy, students acquire a M.Sc. Degree, a Degree in Engineering and Certification as an Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch according to the mandatory requirements of the STCW Convention. They can start their career as Third Mates and further be promoted as Second Mates, Chief Mates and Masters on board all merchant ships. They can also be employed as ship managers, shipping agents, brokers, cargo surveyors on management level.

The academic syllabus includes fundamental subjects such as Calculus, Physics, IT, Foundations of Mechanical Engineering, English, etc.

The specialised level includes Seamanship, Navigation, Ship Handling and Manoeuvring, Aids to Navigation, Shipping Economy, Radar and Sonar Systems, Safety of Shipping, Maritime English, Cargo Handling and Stowage, Celestial Navigation, and Maritime Law.

The course of training concludes with state examinations in the major and in Maritime English.

Internship is conducted both aboard ship and in port covering all aspects of ship management and operation.

Postgraduate courses are held to enhance the theoretical knowledge of Deck Officers to assist them in meeting the requirements for certification on a management level and passing the appropriate examinations to the satisfaction of the Maritime Administration of Republic of Bulgaria.

 

 

Marine Engineers

On successful graduation from the Academy students acquire a M.Sc. Degree, a Degree in Engineering and Certification as an Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch according to the mandatory requirements of the STCW Convention. They can be employed as Marine Engineers on board all merchant ships, as well as occupy different management positions in maritime transport and industry.

The academic syllabus includes fundamental subjects such as Calculus, Physics, IT, Foundations of Mechanical Engineering, Technical Drawing, Metallography, Metals Technology, Foundations of Mechanical Theory, English, etc.

The specialised level includes Ship Power Plant Operation and Maintenance; Marine Diesel Engines, Turbines and Systems; Ship Electrical Installations; Ship Repairs.

The course of training concludes with development and presentation of a diploma project and a state examination in Specialized English.

Onboard training on foreign-going vessels covers all aspects of ship operation, maintenance, servicing and repair of ship power plants.

Postgraduate courses are provided to enhance the theoretical knowledge of Engineer Officers in order to assist them in meeting the requirements for certification on a management level and in passing the appropriate examinations to the satisfaction of the Maritime Administration of Republic of Bulgaria once they have the appropriate service experience.

 

 

Fleet and Port Technologists and Managers

Upon successful completion of the course of training, the graduates acquire a bachelor degree and are prepared for the positions of an organizer, deputy harbour master and a master of a small port. They can also occupy a number of operator and expert positions in port administrations and shipping companies.

The fundamental training is provided through studying Calculus, Physics, IT, Technical Mechanics, Electrical Equipment, English, etc.

The majoring subjects are: Ship Construction and Theory, Ship Operation, Ship Cargo Operations, Technology of Port Activities, Economy of Water Transport, Work Organization and Safety. Also, Navigation, Meteorology and Oceanography, Ship and Port Protection, and other subjects are studied to a lesser extent. The training is broad-scoped and enables the graduates to work in a variety of fields of maritime transport activity.

The course of training lasts for four years and includes theoretical classes, practice on simulators and at a port and a shipping company, and a training cruise for familiarization with the Black Sea and the Mediterranean and their ports. To provide for the classes, the Academy has state-of-the-art laboratories for navigation, seamanship and ship control, rigging, ship operation, IT, language learning, etc.

The course of training ends with state examination.

The acquired degree of education and qualification enables the graduates to further their training on master degree programmes at the Academy and other institutes of higher education.

 

 

Ship Repairs Technologists

Upon successful completion of the four-year course of training, the graduates acquire a bachelor degree and are certified as engineers in technology of ship repairs. After a short master degree programme in Ship Machinery, the graduates can acquire certificates for Third Ship Engineers; with this they can occupy the positions of an Engineer of the Watch in the Engine Room or Engineer on Duty on merchant ships with no limitation of the power of the ship plant, Second Engineer on ships with propulsion plant power of up to 3,000 kW, First Engineers on ships with propulsion plant power of up to 3,000 kW on the Inland Waterways of Europe.

The graduates can also be appointed on a number of managerial positions within the industry of ship repairs and shipbuilding.

 

 

Riverine Navigation

The course of training lasts for four years.

The graduates acquire a bachelor degree of education and qualification and can occupy the position of a deck officer on all the ships sailing on the Danube, as well as a number of positions involving management of the process of shipping at the ports and the riverine shipping companies.

The fundamental training is provided by studying the disciplines: Calculus, Physics, IT, Electrical Engineering, Technical Mechanics, German and English, etc.

The specializing subjects are: Seamanship, Ship Theory and Construction, Private Piloting of the Danube, Meteorology and Oceanography, Ship Operations and Cargo Handling, Legal Regime of Shipping on the European Inland Lanes, etc.

The training equipment and facilities are comprised by state-of-the-art complexes and laboratories – navigation simulator with visualization of the situation, radar simulator, and laboratories for radio navigation systems, ship operation, seamanship, steering, etc. They ensure an up-to-date quality of training and are compliant with the international requirements in the field.

The training includes annual internship at a training camp, cruises on the Danube both in its Bulgarian section and to all Danubian countries.

The course ends with state examinations in riverine navigation and German.

After some further training and acquiring some professional experience, the graduates can occupy the position of a Captain of a riverine vessel and managerial positions within the field of merchant shipping.

 

 

Ship Electricians

Upon successful completion of the four-year course of training, the graduates acquire a bachelor degree and are qualified to work as ship electricians on merchant ships of the corresponding class, as well as other managerial positions within the sphere of maritime transportation and industry.

The students acquire profound knowledge in general training and engineering disciplines – Calculus, Electrical Engineering, Mechanics, IT, Basic Automation, English, etc., as well as specific engineering knowledge about ship power plants, ship electrical systems, electrical equipment, electrical propulsion, including the necessary information about the ship propulsion plant and the automation of its processes, the ship mechanisms and systems and their automation.

For those willing to enhance their training in subjects related to the studied disciplines, optional courses are provided.

The course of training concludes with state examination.

The bachelor degree gives the opportunity for the graduates to acquire a master degree after further training following the Master Degree programme.

In accordance with Ordinance No6 by Maritime Administration Executive Agency, the position of an electrician is mandatory on all Bulgarian ships with power plants in excess of 750 kVA.

 

 

Ship Electronics Engineers

Upon successful completion of the course of training, the graduates acquire a bachelor degree. They are prepared to work with ship- and shore-based radio communication, radiolocation and navigation equipment and systems and automation systems and their maintenance. They are capable of working in teams for operating and maintaining the GMDSS equipment on board and ashore, for operating and maintaining the shore-based ship traffic control systems, in maritime search and rescue centres, in institutes and companies involved with designing and producing communication and electronic systems, etc. Also, after further training, the graduates can successfully become managers within the maritime transportation system and the maritime administration.

The fundamental training is provided by training in Calculus, Physics, IT, Theoretical Electrical Engineering, Semiconductors and Electronic Components, Computer Software and Hardware, English, etc.

Some specializing subjects are: Data Transfer and Computer Communications, Radiowaves, Antenna Systems and Microwaves, Basic Radiosystems, Radio Communication Systems Equipment, Electronic Navigation Systems, etc.

Maritime training is provided by subjects as Seamanship and Basic Navigation, as well as by participation in a training camp and on board practice.

The specializing training is in compliance with the requirements of the International Maritime Administration and Republic of Bulgaria’s Maritime Administration.  

The course of training concludes with state examination.

The bachelor degree enables the graduates to acquire a master degree in this or another specialty after further training.

 

 
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