Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper)
National Course Code: MAR50115
The nationally accredited Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper) equips you with the skills to join the international maritime industry. You will strengthen your technical skills and develop your leadership and communication capabilities to work with and manage your crew.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:
- Maintain a safe engineering watch
- Check shipboard plant and equipment, maintenance, fabrication and repairs
- Operate alternators, generators to supply shipboard electrical power, pumping systems, main and auxiliary machinery
- Use a state-of-the-art Kongsberg simulator to get a real time fault finding experience
- Safety and survival at sea, extinguish fires, First Aid
DEVELOP YOUR TALENT
Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:
- Effective communication and leadership skills
- An investigative approach to problem solving
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Completing this course will provide you with:
- Eligibility to apply for an engineer watchkeeper certification through AMSA
- The minimum requirement to join the international maritime industry
- Engineer watchkeeper officer
- Coastal, shipboard and marine engineer
With an engineer watchkeeper AMSA certification, you can also perform:
- Second engineer duties on ships less than 3000 kilowatts in any operating area, not limited to Australian coastal
- Chief engineer duties on ships less than 3000 kilowatts in near coastal waters
GROW YOUR CAREER
Go further with the Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 2).
The marine workforce is ageing and Australia is experiencing a maritime skills shortage. Over 75% of maritime employers report experiencing a skills shortage in the industry, primarily in international commercial vessel occupations.
This course is superseded.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.
This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.
People who are successful in this field are:
- Resilient enough to face the challenges of life on the sea
- Committed to maintaining their physical fitness to meet the heavy lifting demands of the job
- Strong communicators who enjoy leading teams
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: case studies, short answer questions, mathematical calculations, projects
- Skills assessments: demonstration under observation in a workshop or automation lab, live 220/440v electrical practicals
The Diploma meets the minimum required level to join the international maritime industry.
Practical assessments for each of the units of must take place in a realistic simulated workplace or your workplace under the normal range of workplace conditions.
You will gain hands-on skills, including:
- Working with hand and power tools
- Identifying and correcting engine problems on a diesel inboard motor that are at an advanced level of complexity (including simulator facilities)
- Survival skills - at an Olympic size swimming pool you will learn life jacket techniques, jumping from a height and while swimming, helping others in distress, procedures to follow when abandoning a vessel on order
- Handling strategies - to guide a survival craft through rough weather and sea conditions
- Fire prevention and minimisation procedures
- Fighting a fire on board a vessel - at a firefighting facility learn to operate fire extinguishers, breathing apparatus, and how to control a crowd
- Working with a state of art Kongsberg simulator is used to get a real time fault finding ability
- Inspecting and operating a low pressure steam boiler at TAFE NSW workshop facilities
- Tracing electrical diagram and fault finding
- Adjustment of marine automation
No real-world projects are included in this course, however, you will learn in real-world and simulated environments such as automation, hydraulics, live electrical fault findings.
TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.
You will work in a workshops with a steam boiler, live electrical working panels, automation controllers, hydraulic and pneumatic controllers and tuning and a Kongsberg state of art oil tanker simulator.
You will also learn in simulated environments including:
- An olympic sized swimming pool for survival practical and firefighting facilities for situations relating to emergency procedures
- A firefighting facility
As per maritime IRC key finding paper Feb 2018, 75% maritime employers reported experiencing a skills shortage in the industry. this includes for both domestic and international shipping.
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 international commercial vessel occupations. Increasing shortages makes now a great time to advance your maritime career with this qualification.