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Sail away with a maritime career, take advantage of skills shortages and join an industry that combines safety with an ever-changing landscape. Investigate scholarship options, including the Barker Maritime Scholarship.

Whether you want to be at sea or based on land, TAFE NSW has an exciting range of courses - including industry-focused short courses - than can allow you to create an in-demand career. With the industry links that TAFE NSW maintains, you can forge a confident future.

Explore courses to a range of in-demand maritime careers including deckhand and coxswain. TAFE NSW maritime courses are taught in a range of environments including small, friendly classes, on state-of-the-art simulators, on simulated vessels and on the water.

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Become a part of the global economy and travel the world when you study a maritime operations qualification at TAFE NSW.

This is an exciting industry to be a part of; with strong opportunities for career progression, high levels of responsibility, above average salaries - plus the skills you learn are transferrable across a range of industries.

Take advantage of the skills shortage in the maritime industry and enrol in a qualification today.

Whether you’re thinking of becoming a marine captain, a coxswain or working in maritime security operations, TAFE NSW offers you a range of courses that will have you embarking on an exciting maritime career.

Our courses range from short courses including AMSA preparation, GMDSS revalidation and the Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) refresher to the Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 1) and Class 2.

There are many marine engineering courses for you to choose from, and each offers you a very specific skill set and has related AMSA licensing requirements.

For example, when you study the Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 3 Near Coastal) you will learn:

  • Basic marine control systems
  • Marine electrical systems
  • To operate marine refrigeration systems
  • To identify the components and how to operate a marine low pressure boiler
  • 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

Graduates of our marine engineering courses go on to marine engineering jobs such as:

  • Engineer class 3 near coastal
  • Engineer class 1
  • Engineer class 2
  • Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal (MED3)

Launch your maritime career with the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal).

This qualification gives you the skills you need to work in the Australian maritime industry in MED3 roles, such as chief or second engineer on vessels less than 12m in length.

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. Worker shortages make now a great time to advance your maritime career with a respected qualification.

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What job opportunities could a maritime or marine engineering course lead to?

Australia’s eastern seaboard is a hub for national and international maritime operations, with employment expected to almost double over the next eight years. Wherever you want to be based, there are plenty of study options to launch your maritime service career at TAFE NSW.

With maritime operations and marine engineering experts as your teachers, you will advance your practical seafaring abilities using the latest, high quality simulated training equipment. TAFE NSW also utilises operational boats for real world experience, out on the water. The maritime industry offers exciting career choices with the option to travel the world, so ship off and enrol now.

A maritime or marine engineering course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from organising commercial shipping, captaining your own fleet as a ship captain, or becoming an offshore engineer.

The average weekly salary for a maritime transport professional is $1,675, and a TAFE NSW qualification in this area can lead to a career like:

  • maritime transport professional
  • watchkeeper
  • boat builder
  • charter vessel guide
  • marine engine driver
  • ship’s master
  • maritime trainer
  • shipboard engineer
  • deckhand
  • coxswain

Whether you're just starting out in your maritime or marine engineering career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in the area include:

  • Maritime Operations
  • Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal
  • Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal
  • Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal
  • Engineer Watchkeeper
  • Ship Security Awareness
  • Operation and Maintenance of Marine Elect. Systems.