Marine Engineer Class 1 and 2

Become qualified in the next class. NZMS also run refresher papers for professional seafarers. Are there some we can gloss over that are specific to engineering?

Programme Details

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Run a tight ship
Do you want to progress to being in command of engineering and technical departments on the most complex and technologically advanced ships?

The Marine Engineer Class 2 and Class 1 are advanced training programmes, which provide you with specialist knowledge plus analytical and problem-solving skills. You’ll become a high-level troubleshooter where your resourcefulness will be called on time and again. You’ll be in charge of some or all operations and also be leading teams of engineers.

On graduating you’ll be able to work as a senior engineer or head of technical departments, including technical hotel operations onboard large cruise ships and managerial shore-based positions.

Study Method Block courses
Qualification Maritime New Zealand Certificates of Competency


Applications Close when programme is full
Start Dates Ongoing (modular)
Level 7
Credits 120
Fees Class 2 $8,470 (approx)
Class 1 $3,900 (approx)
International Student Fees Class 2 $17,500 (approx) (includes ancillary courses)
Class 1 $7,250 (approx)(includes ancillary courses)

Offered by

New Zealand Maritime School

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be an engineering officer holding a Class 3 Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency issued by the Maritime New Zealand or an overseas qualification recognised by Maritime New Zealand as being equivalent
  • Have successful completion of the mathematics and engineering drawing papers* of the revised Class 3 Certificate of Competency
  • 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 English language ability, at their own expense, where the interview panel is unable to satisfy themselves as to the English ability of the student.

Maritime New Zealand qualifying seatime as per Maritime Regulation 32, 12 months for Marine Engineer Class 2, 36 months for Marine Engineer Class 1Applicants will be accepted in order of application.

*Chiefs only Y Block courses

Credit Accumulation
Applications for credit transfer, cross-credit and recognition of prior learning shall only be considered by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). MIT has no authority to approve or conduct such processes. In general, the model adopted by MNZ has been to require applicants for credit accumulation to take and pass all normal assessments.

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 programme includes the following courses:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Command Principles and Practice
  • Electrotechnology
  • Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Marine Control Systems
  • Marine Engineering Drawing
  • Maritime Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Physics Preparatory
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Naval Architecture
  • Officer's Maritime Medical
  • Ship Construction
  • Thermodynamics


Further Training or Study

Postgraduate programmes in the shipping industry.

Career Opportunities

Senior engineers and heads of technical departments onboard the most complex and advanced vessels. This includes technical hotel operations onboard large cruise ships and managerial shore-based positions.

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