International Course Info

Diploma of Maritime Operations ( Engineer Watchkeeper)

  • National Code: MAR50115
  • CRICOS Code: 093648A

Develop the practical skills and knowledge required to work as an engineer watchkeeper on board ocean-going vessels.

You will learn to maintain a safe engineering watch and to perform various tasks in relation to shipboard plant and equipment checking, maintenance, repairs and shipboard fabrication and repair operations while ensuring that procedures of operational quality and personal safety are observed. You will learn to operate alternators, generators and controls systems to supply shipboard electrical power, pumping systems main, auxiliary machinery, steam propulsion plant and associated control systems.

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Subject area: Marine Engineering

Course code:
Course fee:
0.5 Year


  • IELTS 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5 across all bands (OR) IELTS 5.5 with 10 weeks of English Language Program (Beginner to Advanced) at TAFE NSW English Language Centre (OR) TOEFL (iBT) 60
  • 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 the eligibility with AMSA for their final oral assessment prior to issuing of the Certificates of Competency. A student must also have specific and necessary training and sea-service before they are eligible for AMSA final assessment. Students need to apply for Qualifying Sea Service (QSS) approval from AMSA once they receive a letter of offers from TAFE NSW. AMSA requirements and their contact details are obtainable from AMSA website.

    FOR 2020

    Newcastle Total course fee: A$12,840 Enrol: Feb , Jul

    FOR 2021

    Newcastle Total course fee: A$12,840 Enrol: Feb , Jul


    To receive the Diploma of Maritime Operations ( Engineer Watchkeeper) students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

    Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which 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.





    Course fees and duration can vary based on the Institute you want to study at, the entry requirements for the course, and the year you will begin study.

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


    Engineer Watchkeeper