Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)

Certificate II

National Code: MAR20413

Course information

This qualification has been replaced by a new version across Australia. The new version will shortly become available at North Coast TAFE. If you have any questions about this please contact us.

About the course

Course Number: MAR20413-01V02

Do you have an interest or experience in engineering and a desire to develop the skills to work on-board marine vessels? Our Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) is a specialist marine engineering qualification which allows the holder to work as chief engineer on-board commercial vessels with propulsion power up to 500kW in waters to the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone. North Coast TAFE has been the leader in Maritime Training for more than 25 years delivering learning to more than 6,000 students across four different campuses. All teachers have years of maritime experience with most still working in the industry. State-of-the-art facilities, combined with fully-flexible delivery means students can study when they want, where they want, coupled with full support from knowledgeable and experienced teachers. The Maritime section is fully accredited with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for the delivery of maritime training. The maritime industry is very varied in nature: From eco-tourism, charter fishing, professional fishing, ferry operations, sightseeing tours and whale-watching, employment opportunities are worldwide. If you have a passion for the water, boating or fishing the maritime industry is for you.

Developed in consultation with the industry, there is a strong practical nature to all the maritime courses. You will gain skills in servicing and operating marine internal combustion engines, operating and maintaining electrical systems, operating and maintaining deck machinery and fire-fighting and survival skills. With approved sea-time, successful completion enables the student to obtain a Marine Engine Drivers Grade Three Certificate of Competency.

Students are required to be 18-years-of age or older and should contact TAFE before enrolling. The course is taught via a combination of key note lectures, tutorial support, practical on-water sessions, helm room use and workplace delivery.  There is an optional face-to-face option in Port Macquarie, the Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Maclean and Ballina. Students will be assessed on assignments, written tests and practicals.

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Offered on 2 campuses

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