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1 Year


The Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) - (Motor) will help you to develop the practical skills and in-depth knowledge required to perform various specialised tasks when working as an Engineer Class 1.

Learn to plan and schedule operations and organise safe maintenance and repair procedures, and develop the skills necessary to operate and maintain electrical machinery, electronic control and engine equipment. You will also learn to manage the vessel's administration, including its business, legal and personnel aspects.

This course has been designed specifically to help you meet the licensing requirements of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). While you will also need to meet other requirements, including sea time hours and medical requirements, this course provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to be prepared.

For further information regarding Engineer Officers courses please visit: AMSA - Marine Order 72 Engineer Officers


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Plan and schedule operations.
  • Organise safe maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Operate and maintain electrical machinery.
  • Conduct maintenance (including testing and detecting faults and repairing them).
  • Manage the administration of the vessel including its business, legal and personnel aspects.


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Firefighting
  • Survival techniques
  • Life board practicals
  • Live electrical fault finding


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • An enjoyment of being on the water
  • The ability to work in various weather conditions in a moving environment
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness to meet the physical demands of working in an engine room
  • Strong problem-solving and mechanical skills
  • An enjoyment of working varying times and long hours
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Leadership and team management skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to think critically


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Marine Engineer (Chief Engineer Class 1)


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Location Requirements:
  • Students must be assessed by the Head Teacher prior to being accepted into this course.

Additional Requirements:
  • Certificates of Competency in Deck or Engineer Officers courses can only be achieved via a definite pathway. Certificates are issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as per requirements laid down in Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) a convention of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
  • These courses are only part of the prerequisites for AMSA. It is an AMSA requirement to have the specific and necessary training and sea service prior to final oral assessment and the issuing of the Certificates of Competency. Students need to apply for Qualifying Sea Service (QSS) approval from AMSA once they receive a letter of offer from TAFE NSW.
  • AMSA requirements and their contact details are obtainable from the AMSA website.

    TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • An intermediate level of fitness and the ability to swim 5 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes
  • A resistance to acute ocean sickness
  • The ability to provide your own work clothes, including include overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

The Australian Maritime 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.

Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. In addition, you will need to meet other requirements including, minimum age, minimum professional sea time hours and medical and eyesight assessments, which need to be arranged by you.

For more information, please visit AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority).


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Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$25,240
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$25,240


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

You’ll also have access to an underground tunnel which are part of mining facilities, to practise firefighting and situations relating to emergency procedures.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total Number of units = 14 units
  • Engineer Class 1 (Motor) = 14 units: 13 core units, plus one unit from Group A
  • Core Units
  • MARD006 - Monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements
  • MARF039 - Manage safety and security of vessel, crew and passengers
  • MARF045 - Provide leadership and managerial capability
  • MARB044 - Operate and maintain ship power systems exceeding 1,000 volts
  • MARL038 - Apply advanced principles of marine electrotechnology
  • MARL049 - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine control systems and automation
  • MARL051 - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine electrical systems
  • MARL039 - Apply advanced principles of marine engineering thermodynamics
  • MARL040 - Apply advanced principles of marine mechanics
  • MARL047 - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine auxiliary boilers
  • MARL048 - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine auxiliary machinery and systems
  • MARL041 - Apply advanced principles of trim, stability and stress
  • MARL053 - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of ship operations and maintenance
  • MARL050 - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine diesel engines and systems


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