Diploma in Marine Engineering

The Diploma in Marine Engineering is an internationally-recognised qualification attracting well-paid positions in a seagoing career with international shipping.

Programme Details

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Are you practical and resourceful with a strong interest in mechanical and electrical systems, plus know your numbers? Does a life at sea appeal? A marine engineer is a jack of all trades, who maintains and repairs shipboard mechanical, electrical and distribution systems, from high-tech instrumentation to lifts and ventilation.

The Diploma in Marine Engineering combines practical seatime with training ashore. You’ll gain a broad knowledge base of onboard engineering requirements and technology, as well maritime principles, practices and safety.

On graduating you’ll hold an internationally recognised qualification that can lead to well-paid positions in a foreign-going career with global shipping companies.

Programme Code MN4476
Study Method Full time
Qualification MIT Diploma
Duration Three years
Applications Close when the programme is full
Start Dates Ongoing (modular)
Level 6
Credits 360
Fees $5,236 (approx)
International Student Fees $12,450 per year (approx)

Offered by

New Zealand Maritime School

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 or equivalent including a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English language and 14 credits at Level 2 or higher in mathematics and/or physics
  • Produce evidence of having met the medical and eyesight standards currently in force for marine engineering officers by Maritime New Zealand. These are statutory requirements for working on ships.
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent. Prospective students may be required to undertake formal assessment of their English ability, at their own expense, where the interview panel is unable to satisfy themselves as to the English ability of the student.

Personal presentation and discipline, communication skills, attitude and motivation to learn and succeed will be determined through an interview.  All applicants will be interviewed.  The interview will also provide an opportunity to outline the programme and to ensure the applicant is aware of the course content and assessment policies.  The interview will also ensure that the applicant has applied for the most appropriate level of programme by assessing work experience, prior learning and aptitude.  Alternative means to assess these criteria will be adopted where an interview is not practicable, e.g. in the case of international applicants. 

Applicants will be accepted in order of application.  Preference may be given to graduates from other Manukau Institute of Technology programmes that applications are received prior to 1 December each year.

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

Programme Summary

The Diploma in Marine Engineering students complete the following courses:

Year One

  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Basic Sea Survival
  • Marine Electrical Practice
  • Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Marine Engineering Practice 1
  • Marine Engineering Practice 2
  • Maritime Industry Knowledge
  • Maritime Mathematics
  • Maritime Physics
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Shipboard Familiarity
  •  Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Elementary First Aid.

Year Two

  • Maintain and Repair Shipboard Electrical Plant
  • Maintain and Repair Shipboard Engineering Plant
  • Maintain and Repair Shipboard Engineering Sub-systems
  • Marine Engineering Drawing
  • Maritime Computing
  • Operate Shipboard Engineering Plant
  • Ship Construction
  • Stability and Stress.

Year Three

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Class 3 Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Electrotechnology
  • Marine Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Naval Architecture
  • Naval Architecture 2
  • Officers Maritime Medical
  • Thermodynamics.

Programme Structure
Classes are held for at least 20 hours per week. Class times are usually between 8.00am and 2.00pm, Monday to Friday, but may sometimes run until 4.00pm. Additional study time is required for assignments and projects. The programme involves a mixture of practical seatime and training ashore. The dates of the programme are fl exible, depending on seatime availability. All academic classes are held at the New Zealand Maritime School and workshops are held at Manukau Institute of Technology's Otara Campus. Basic and advanced fi re-fi ghting courses are held at an approved off-site fire ground.

Students must complete a minimum of nine months seatime and other certification requirements, such as medical certificates, in order to also qualify for their Marine Engineer Class 3 Certificate of Competency (Maritime New Zealand).


Further Training or Study

Following another period of qualifying sea service: 
Marine Engineer Class 2 
Marine Engineer Class 1 
These certiἀcates will allow holders to serve as a second or chief engineering ofἀcer on any ship.

Career Opportunities

Marine Engineering Officer on foreign going ships.

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