Become eligible to apply for your certificate of competency engineer class 3 (near coastal), and gain the licensing to become a chief engineer or second engineer on appropriate ships in Australian waters.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Perform basic marine engineering calculations
Apply foundational principles of naval architecture
Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel
Provide first aid
Follow legislative requirements and security procedures for the maritime industry
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
First aid certification
Eligibility to apply for your certificate of competency engineer class 3 (near coastal) with the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA)
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.
A willingness to have an interview with one of our teaching staff to discuss your experience and arrange an individual learning plan
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Your Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)
An awareness of all AMSA requirements for this qualification
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success
and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Marine Engineers control and manage the operation and maintenance of ship's plants and equipment.
Other jobs include: Chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), chief engineer or second engineer on vessels with outboard engines with unlimited propulsion within the EEZ, or engine room worker of a vessel up to 80 metres long with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts, after they have gained their certificate of competency engineer class 3 (near coastal) from AMSA
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 qualified to apply for an oral exam with AMSA in order to receive your certificate of competency engineer class 3 (near coastal). When you receive your certificate of competency you will be able to work as an engineer or second engineer on appropriate vessels within Australian waters. Visit the AMSA website for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
The Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
The Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Class 3 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 Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 19 Units of competency, including 19 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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