Gain the qualification to apply for the licensing you need to become an engineer watchkeeper on ships anywhere in the world. Strengthen your technical, survival and leadership skills to work with and manage your crew in a career on the water.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Identify and correct complex diesel engine problems
Perform emergency survival strategies for the marine industry
Prevent and control fires
Inspect and operate a low-pressure steam boiler
Trace electrical diagrams and identify faults on electrical boards
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Eligibility to apply for an engineer watchkeeper certificate of competency through the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
The minimum engineering qualification needed to join the international maritime industry
A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
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.
That you hold a previous AMSA approved Certificate III trade qualification or equivalent
as evidenced through a copy of your qualification or transcript or
That you hold an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate as evidenced by a copy of your trade certificate
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An intermediate level of fitness
The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
An awareness of the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) certification requirements
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: Engineer watchkeeper officer , Once you gain your certification of competency from AMSA, you will also be qualified to become:, Second engineer on ships <3000 kW in any operating area and Chief engineer on ships <3000 kW operating in near-coastal water
The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). 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. 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 Watchkeeper) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Watchkeeper) does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
The Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Watchkeeper) 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 Watchkeeper) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 22 Units of competency, including 18 core and 4 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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