National code: MAR50120

Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal)

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Overview About this course

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.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

Course outcomes

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)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

Entry recommendations

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.

Pathways Future 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: 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.

Study pathways

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

Previous study 0 Courses

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.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

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.

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 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.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine auxiliary machinery and equipment MARL055

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine diesel engines and systems MARL057

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine electrical systems MARL058

  • Perform basic marine engineering calculations MARL061

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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

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  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

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