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Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) (Engineer Class 1 - Motor)

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Overview About this course

Study this exciting new combined qualification and be prepared for your Class 2 and Class 1 Certificate of Competency with AMSA and for a career as an unlimited chief engineer in international waters.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Train to work safely on ship power systems exceeding 1,000 volts

  • Find faults on live 440V marine electrical boards and understand high voltage safety

  • Review and assess marine control systems, automation and electrical systems

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Preparedness for your AMSA oral exam and eligibility to apply for your Certificate of Competency Engineer Class 1 (STCW Chief Engineer Unlimited) with AMSA

  • Exposure to simulated emergency and survival situations

  • Experience leading a marine team

  • High-level maritime engineering skills

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • A willingness to have an interview with one of our teaching staff to discuss your experience and arrange an individual learning plan

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 6 across the five bands of literacy and 6 across one band of numeracy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Watchkeeper) or equivalent

  • An intermediate level of fitness and the ability to swim 5 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes

  • A resistance to acute ocean sickness

  • The ability to provide your own work clothes, including include overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: chief engineer officer, first engineer officer (STCW second engineer).


The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. After graduating from this course, you will be able to apply for Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certification oral examinations in Engineer Class 1 (STCW Chief Engineer Unlimited) and Engineer Class 2 (STCW Second Engineer Unlimited)/ When you receive your certificate of competency you will be able to work as a chief engineer officer in international waters. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements including minimum age, minimum professional sea time hours and medical and eyesight assessments which need to be arranged by you. Visit the AMSA website for more information.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) (Engineer Class 1 - Motor) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 13 core and 1 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply advanced principles of marine mechanics MARL040

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine auxiliary machinery and systems MARL048

  • Apply advanced principles of trim, stability and stress MARL041

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine auxiliary boilers MARL047

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TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

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  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

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