Progress your career at sea as a Maritime Engineer.
The Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) entitles certificate holders to:
- Act as Chief Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than <750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
- Act as Second Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than <1500 kW within the EEZ
- Act as an assistant under the direct supervision of the chief engineer; or in the engine room of a vessel up to 80m long with propulsion power up to <3,000 kW
This qualification is delivered in skill sets, enabling flexibility for students and the ability to articulate across qualifications.
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Throughout the course, you will gain skills in:
- Applying safety procedures including survival skills at sea
- Extinguishing fires
- Refueling vessels adhering to marine pollution (MARPOL) guidelines
- Performing basic engineering calculations
- Operating and maintaining deck machinery
- Auxiliary power systems, and extra-low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
- You are already employed or are required to hold this certificate to facilitate employment
- You are wishing to become employed in the maritime industry as a MED 2 or attain your Engineering ticket to enhance promotion in the sector.
You are an industry provider wishing to upskill staff in maritime operations
Students will complete face-to-face study over 15 days.
To attain this qualification, participants will need to complete the following Skill Sets:
MARSS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set
The MARS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set block is made up of 4 units:
- MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
- MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
- MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
- MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
6 - 9 June
23 - 27 October
IAD01 Marine Engine Driver (MED 2) Skill Set
The IAD01 Marine Engine Driver Skill Set block is made up of 6 units:
- MARB031 Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
- MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
- MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
- MARC040 Manage fuel systems
- MARC041 Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
- MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
7 - 10 March
19 - 23 June
30 - 3 November
Maintain a Vessel & Electrical Systems
The Maintain a Vessel & Electrical Systems Skill Set block is made up of 6 units:
- BSBTWK201 Work effectively with others
- MARC036 Operate deck machinery
- MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
- MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
- MARC042 Operate electrical systems
- MARB032 Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
13 - 17 March
26 - 30 June
6 - 10 November
AE875 First Aid Skill Set(opens in a new tab)
Students will also complete both theory and practical assessments.
This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The tuition fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government. Please note, some resource fees may apply.
Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.
Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.
Students must meet the following entry requirements:
- The National Maritime Register (AMSA) require students undertaking this qualification to be over 16 years of age.
- It is an organisational requirement that students can successfully swim for 50m unaided to undertake the unit MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment.
|National ID||Unit title|
|BSBTWK201||Work effectively with others|
|MARB031||Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems|
|MARB032||Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems|
|MARC033||Complete engine room tasks|
|MARC034||Maintain hull out of water|
|MARC035||Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment|
|MARC036||Operate deck machinery|
|MARC039||Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems|
|MARC040||Manage fuel systems|
|MARC041||Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems|
|MARC042||Operate electrical systems|
|MARF027||Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment|
|MARF028||Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel|
|MARF029||Meet work health and safety requirements|
|MARF030||Survive at sea using survival craft|
|MARJ006||Follow environmental work practices|
|HLTAID011||Provide first aid|
This qualification prepares you for roles such as:
- Marine Engine Driver
Employment within commercial marine sector, such as tourism, aquaculture, port operations, ranger groups, offshore oil and gas.
Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook (opens in a new tab) or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) .
By successfully completing this qualification, you will acquire some of the requirements for certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal as outlined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.
Certification will require:
- satisfying the medical and eyesight requirements outlined in the NSCV Part D and AMSA final assessment,
- qualifying sea service and completed Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved task book or qualifying sea service
- completion of the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal),
- satisfying additional requirements (as specified by AMSA),
- passing the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA),
- completing and submitting a certificate of competency application to AMSA.
People seeking certification should check with AMSA.
Once successfully completed, you will receive a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal).
Our estimated fees are based on:
- Full time study in 2023
- A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
- For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website
These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.