CDRE Joe Chiechefulam ORJI (RTD) was born on 4th June 1954. He had his Bachelor Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980. He also obtained a certificate of Marine Engineering Application Course in 1982. He passed his Junior Staff Course in 1985 and in 1990 he obtained the certificate in Advanced Marine Engineering Course. He proceeded to obtain his PGD in Marine Engineering in 1990 and in 1992 he passed the Staff Course. In 2002, he attended fellow of the war college. He further to went to obtain his Masters degree in Strategic studies in November 2003, In 2009, he obtained his diploma in Marine Surveying.
CDRE Joe Chiechefulam ORJI (RTD) had a broad base experience associated with a frontline career naval officer: a career commenced with the position of a watch keeping officer onboard an intermediate class of vessel/warship, through that of services on larger vessels/warships as Marine Engineer officer grade 1, 2 & 3 to that of a Technical officer on the staff list at Naval Command and later at Naval Headquarters Level where he served as Directors of Engineering services, maintenance services and inspectorate department.
At the Naval Dockyard, Defence Industries Corporate and the firm Starz Marine and engineering Ltd, he served at top engineering management vessels. He currently serves as Chief lecturer, Marine Engineering Department, Maritime Academy of Nigeria.He is a member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE), Registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Fellow Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST) . He is Registered in UK as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
His activities in Engineering societies and other organizations include Member Conference Planning Committee, Nigerian Society of Engineers 2004, 2005 & 2009 (Chairman of the Security Sub-committee), Nigerian Interviewer for membership of Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), UK, Verified Marine Engineering qualifications for classification of prospective registrants with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Member, COREN Pre-Accreditation team to Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, May 2012.
He is also a Member of COREN Accreditation team to Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, June 2012 and Member, COREN Accreditation team to Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State March 2013. Member, COREN Accreditation team to Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, April 2014, Member, COREN Accreditation team to Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden, Akwa Ibom State, April 2014, Secretary, Road Safety and Traffic Management Committee, Port Harcourt Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers 2014 till date, Secretary, Marine Engineers and Naval Architects’ Division (South- South and South East Chapter) of Nigerian Society of Engineers 2014 till date and also the Co-ordinator, Alumni Association of National Defence College (South – South and South East Chapter) 2014 till date.