Gain the skills to become a chief engineer on certain vessels, a chief engineer’s assistant or an engine room worker with this practical and exciting course. Train on real boats and ships, in firefighting facilities and swimming pools for real life experience as you build a career on the high seas.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Operate and maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion systems and auxiliary systems
Manage fuel systems
Operate deck machinery
Apply survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
Fight fires onboard a vessel and follow fire reduction procedures
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Industry networks and connections
First Aid Certificate
Eligibility to apply for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal (MED2) certificate of competency through AMSA
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
You must be able to provide answers to the following questions and evidence of any certifications or licenses you hold:
Do you hold a General Purpose Hand qualification or any other Maritime or Engineering / Mechanical trade qualification. If so, please state which qualification/s you hold.
Are you currently working in the maritime industry?
Do you have the required sea-time to obtain the AMSA licence?
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Completed a Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
A General Purpose Hand qualification or other Maritime or Engineering/Mechanical trade qualification
Employment or experience in the maritime industry
Seatime required to obtain the AMSA license
The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
The ability to handle rough seas without getting seasick
Learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at an Australian Year 10 level
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Our graduates go onto roles like: Chief engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion less than 750 kW, Second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion less than 1500 kW, Chief or second engineer on vessels with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion, Assistant under direct supervision of a chief engineer and Worker in an engine room of a vessel less than 80m long with propulsion less than 3000 kW
The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. Visit AMSA website for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) does not have any related courses.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency , including 17 core and 0 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.
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