Study to become a Marine Engineer Class 6 and 5 (MEC 6 and 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4)

with an optional specialty in Marine Engineering Class 5 (MEC 5)

Programme highlights

Get the skills and knowledge to become a marine engineer.

This programme is ideal if you are newly employed in the maritime industry, or you are engine room crew wishing to progress to a marine engineer role. If you are new to the maritime industry and would like to become a marine engineer, this is the place to start.

You will learn the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment to entry-level Marine Engineer Class 6 (MEC 6) standards under the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

It will prepare you for work on ships operating in New Zealand and foreign waters. You will also get skills in how to work safely onboard and what to do in an emergency.

Graduates will generally operate under broad supervision from the chief engineer and the vessel master. You may find yourself working on a range of commercial coastal vessels including fishing trawlers, tug boats, ferries or charter boats.

This qualification leads to a Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) certificate. Expand for more detail.

You need to complete this qualification and your Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) approved Training Record Book (TRB), before applying to MNZ for a: 

Optional strand Marine Engineer Class 5 (MEC 5) 

Further develop your skills and knowledge in vessel machinery and systems, with an additional 5 weeks of study. 

You need to complete this qualification before applying to MNZ for a:

Award of the MNZ MEC 6 or MEC 5 certificates of competency will also require the completion of:

  • Sea service
  • MNZ medical fitness certificate
  • Eyesight test (including for colour vision)
  • Fit and proper person check
  • Final exam
  • Ancillary certificates.

See maritimenz.govt.nz for all requirements needed before you apply.

Key facts

Start month(s)

January, May, August

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School, Online

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Level 4
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2509
Duration

MEC 6: Full-time for 12 teaching weeks. 

Includes in-class attendance, online and Training Record Book (TRB) tasks. 

MEC 5: Additional 5 teaching weeks.

Study method

Full-time

Credits 45-90
International fees NZD $16,200 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Important information

Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand licence.

All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer licence must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that licence. Also: Seafarers Framework which outlines medical fitness requirements https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/part-34/default.asp and Maritime New Zealand Part 34:Medical Standards https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/part-34/Part34-maritime-rule.pdf.

International students

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the seven courses below (45 credits):

Marine engineering class 6 (MEC 6)

Level 2

942.214 STCW basic safety training – personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR) (3 credits)

Apply safe and sustainable work practices, demonstrates effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

942.215 Proficiency in security awareness (2 credits)

Providing knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.

Level 4

942.478 Machinery and systems operation practicum MEC 6 (10 credits)

On successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate and apply vessel specific machinery and system knowledge to machinery operation and monitoring.

942.479 Machinery and aystems operation MEC 6 (15 credits)

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge to apply operational principles and practices for diesel engines, drive trains, and auxiliary equipment to Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 6 requirements.

942.480 Machinery and systems maintenance practicum MEC 6 (5 credits)

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate and apply vessel specific machinery and system knowledge to maintenance and fault diagnosis.

942.481 Machinery and systems maintenance MEC 6 (5 credits)

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge to apply engineering maintenance, repair and fault finding principles and practices for diesel engines, drive trains, and auxiliary equipment, for vessels greater than 100kW as required by the Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 6 licence requirements.

942.482 Slipway preparation MEC 6 (5 credits)

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the preparation, precautions and typical maintenance associated with slipping a vessel to Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 6 licence requirements.

Ways to study MEC 6

Choose the study option for MEC 6 that suits you:

  • Option one: 1 week in-class attendance and 11 weeks online.
  • Option two: 3 weeks in-class attendance and 8 weeks online.

Marine engineering class 5 (MEC 5)
For marine engineering class 5 (MEC 5), you will also need to complete the below seven courses (90 credits):

Level 2

942.210 STCW basic safety training – basic sea survival (5 credits)

Apply safe and sustainable work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

942.213 STCW basic safety training – basic first aid (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to first aid on board a vessel.

Level 4

942.450 STCW basic safety training – basic fire fighting (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to fire on board a vessel.

942.483 Safe work and stability (5 credits)

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the safe work requirements when working as a marine engineer class 5 under the non-STCW New Zealand seafarer certification system; and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

942.484 Machinery and systems operation MEC 5 (5 credits)

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge to apply operational principles and practices for diesel engines, machinery, systems, and structures for vessels greater than 100kW as required by the Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 5 requirements.

942.485 Machinery and systems maintenance MEC 5 (10 credits)

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge to apply engineering maintenance, repair and fault finding principles and practices for diesel engines, machinery, and systems, for vessels greater than 100kW as required by the Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 5 licence requirements

942.486 Environmental protection practices MEC 5 (10 credits)

On successful completion of this course, the student will have environmental awareness and will be able to apply best practices to minimise pollution and the effects of discards, by-catch and damage caused to fishery habitats through fishing activities.

Ways to study MEC 5

Choose the study option for MEC 5 that suits you:

  • Option one: 5 weeks in-class attendance.
  • Option two: 3 weeks in-class attendance and 2 weeks online.

Optional courses

723.221 STCW basic safety training – basic first aid (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to first aid on board a vessel.

942.487 Marine dangerous goods (5 credits)

To develop student’s knowledge of the principles involved in ship operations carrying hazardous cargoes in solid or bulk form.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the maritime calendar.

Career opportunities

Marine engineer (Class 6 and/or Class 5).

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Further training or study

Graduates can also progress to higher-level marine engineering qualifications under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.