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1 Year


Develop the practical skills and knowledge required to perform various specialised tasks when working as an Engineer Class 1 on vessels of unlimited propulsion power.

You will learn to plan and schedule operations and organise safe maintenance and repair procedures. You will develop skills necessary to operate and maintain electrical machinery and electronic control and engine equipment. Maintenance includes testing and detecting faults and repairing them. You will also learn to manage administration of the vessel including its business, legal and personnel aspects. Other outcomes of the course would include developing skills to perform routine tasks on board a vessel whilst ensuring safe work practices.

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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:

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 Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as per requirements laid down in Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) a convention of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
  • These courses are only part of the prerequisites for AMSA. It is an AMSA requirement to have 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.


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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$15,520
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Newcastle (Tighes Hill) Feb , Jul A$15,520


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


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 = 17 units
  • 12 core units plus 5 elective units from the electives units list below
  • At least 1 unit must be from Group A the remaining units must be from Group A or Group B
  • Core Units
  • MARF010 Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel
  • MARF022 Apply maritime resource management principles
  • MARG004 Provide leadership to crew
  • MARL018 Apply advanced principles of marine electrotechnology
  • MARL019 Apply advanced principles of marine engineering thermodynamics
  • MARL020 Apply advanced principles of marine mechanics
  • MARL021 Apply advanced principles of naval architecture
  • MARL030 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine auxiliary boilers
  • MARL031 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine auxiliary machinery and systems
  • MARL032 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine control systems and automation
  • MARL034 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine electrical systems
  • MARL036 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of ship operation and maintenance
  • MARL033 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine diesel engines and systems
  • MARL035 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of marine steam turbines and main boilers
  • MARA001 Contribute to safe cargo operations on liquefied gas tankers
  • MARA002 Contribute to safe cargo operations on oil and chemical tankers
  • MARF003 Follow vessel security procedures
  • MARF006 Observe personal safety and social responsibility
  • MARF007 Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances
  • MARF008 Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel
  • MARF009 Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
  • MARF011 Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel
  • MARF013 Provide medical first aid on board a vessel
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid


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