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

National Course Code: MAR30818


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) helps you gain the skills to become a chief engineer on certain vessels, a chief engineer's assistant or an engine room worker. Prepare for an exciting career on the high seas.


Through theoretical and practical coursework learn to:

  • Operate and maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion systems and auxiliary systems
  • Manage fuel systems
  • Operate and maintain electrical systems
  • Operate deck machinery
  • Apply survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Fight fires onboard a vessel and follow fire minimisation procedures
  • Provide first aid


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Adventurous and resilient spirit
  • Strong swimming ability
  • Ability to work in a team


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Survival skills
  • 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
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

Career opportunities:

  • Chief engineer on vessels with propulsion power of up to 1500 Kw
  • Chief engineer's assistant
  • Engine room worker (in a vessel up to 80m long with propulsion power up to 3000 kW)


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 80 metres Near Coastal)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 500 GT)
  • Advanced Diploma in Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 2)

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this field:

  • Enjoy being on the water
  • Are able to work in various weather conditions in a moving environment
  • Are capable of the physical demands of working in an engine room
  • Are mechanical problem solvers
  • Enjoy working varying times and hours

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and to identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge assessments: short answer questions, assignment, closed book exam, multiple choice questions
  • Skills assessments: demonstration under observation with oral questioning on a vessel or simulated work environment

Assessments can also be offered flexibly, including online, to suit your work and study commitments.

  • Begin your study with a Certificate II in Maritime Operations and gain the foundational skills and knowledge you need to work in the maritime industry
  • Expand your core capabilities and develop a broad knowledge base with a Certificate III in Maritime Operations, and learn to operate effectively as a Grade 2 Marine Engine Driver (near coastal)
  • Advance your existing skills and knowledge with the Certificate IV in Maritime Operations, and learn to work as a chief engineer on vessels with propulsion power of up to 1500 kW
  • Master your studies with Diploma of Maritime Operations, and gain skills, experience and a qualification to become a chief engineer in Australian waters or work on foreign going ships in international waters

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Operating and maintaining an inboard motor with diesel propulsion power of 150 kW
  • Using hand tools and power tools to carry out maintenance
  • Fire prevention and minimisation procedures including fighting a fire onboard a vessel, how to use fire extinguishers and breathing apparatus, and how to control a crowd

TAFE NSW is known for delivering up-to-date theory along with relevant, in-demand skills to ensure you are job ready.

In this course you will work on real-world projects, in simulated TAFE NSW environments, such as:

  • Identifying and correcting basic engine problems on diesel inboard and outboard motors
  • Survival skills including life jacket techniques, jumping from a height, and what to do when an order to abandon vessel is given

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Swimming pool for survival practical
  • A boat (minimum of 150 kW)
  • Fire-fighting facility for situations relating to emergency procedures
  • Industry specific computer rooms
  • Simulated workplaces
  • Workshop
  • Study and presentation areas

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

According to the Australian Industry Standards maritime industry reference committee, 75% of maritime employers reported a skills shortage in the industry between 2017 and 2018. A review of the data showed this shortage was primarily for domestic commercial vessel roles including marine engine drivers, small vessel (<35m) masters, deckhands, managers and educators.

The marine workforce is ageing and Australia is experiencing a maritime skills shortage.

The majority of maritime employers report experiencing a skills shortage in the industry, primarily in domestic commercial vessel occupations. Increasing labour shortages make now a great time to advance your maritime career with this qualification.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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