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    Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Sail high seas and advance your career in the maritime industry to become qualified as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal (MED1). Designed specifically for industry certification, this course will provide you with plenty of opportunities.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

      • Operate and maintain internal combustion engines, propulsion systems and auxiliary systems
      • Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
      • Maintain machinery, systems and components
      • Carry out basic welding, brazing, cutting and machining work
      • Manage an engine room and an engineering team

    Course outcomes

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

      • Skills to carry out maintenance on a standard diesel engine suited to this licence limitation
      • The ability to manage the resources you have on-board, including crew members, spare parts, water and fuel
      • Eligibility to apply for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal (MED1) certificate of competency through AMSA

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

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

    • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) or an equivalent or higher qualification as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate

    Entry recommendations

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

    • The ability to contact a headteacher prior to starting the course to discuss your experience and goals

    • Employment or experience in the maritime industry

    • The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire

    • Access to PPE including overalls, protective eyewear and sun protection, or the ability to obtain them

    • Completed a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

    • A resistance to acute ocean sickness

    • Learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at the level of year 10 at high school

    • To set you up for study success and ensure your skills match the demands of your course, TAFE NSW offers you a free Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This assessment helps us to work with you to understand your individual study needs, to direct you to the right course for you and to give you the personalised support you need to succeed.

    • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Ship's Engineer

    Marine Engineers control and manage the operation and maintenance of ship's plants and equipment.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      300 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      45 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      53 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      1% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Strong Growth

    Other jobs include: marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal (MED1), chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 1500 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), second engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts within the EEZ, assistant to the chief engineer, vessel engine room worker on a vessel up to 80 metres long with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts


    The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Once you pass the exam and become certified, you will be able to apply for roles and work in the industry. 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.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal) does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study1 Course

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    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.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 29 Units of competency, including 29 core and 0 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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.

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    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

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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