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Marine Engineering Technology

Marine Engineering Technology

Build a broad-based knowledge of the highly complex engineering systems of a modern ship and prepare for a career as an engineering officer.

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Typical Length:
2.5 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Strait Area Campus (classes in Nautical Institute) • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Waitlist


This program prepares you with the entry-level training you need to begin a career as a ship's Engineering Officer in the commercial marine industry. You study plant management, machinery repair, maintenance, safety and communications. Graduates of this program enter the marine industry as a Fourth Class Engineer.

The program offers a comprehensive course load complete with advanced training modules and techniques. You build a broad-based knowledge of highly complex engineering systems of a modern ship. You study the major principles of mechanical and hydraulic machinery, electrical systems, naval architecture and ship construction instrumentation and control systems, computer and information technology and then put the theory to work in the operation of a state-of-the-art propulsion plant simulator. Practical safety training is essential and is covered through the campus Fire Fighting and Boat Facilities.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Additional program requirements, including a criminal record check and a valid Marine Medical certificate (to meet Transport Canada's requirements for approved marine/cadet training programs), are required for the program. Details are provided with your acceptance notification.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • H2S Alive

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Funding available for women and Indigenous peoples

To help meet the marine industry demand and diversify the workforce, the federal government is providing $2.5 million in bursaries for women and Indigenous peoples.

  • As a woman or Indigenous person, you may qualify for a $5,000 annual bursary for your education. View funding details

As an Indigenous person, you are automatically considered for additional funds (up to $10,500) to help with living expenses.

Sea time

  • You complete sea time internships on board Canadian and international merchant ships, where you put into practice the skills and knowledge you have acquired during the program, while accumulating the 180 sea days to meet Transport Canada's requirements for Fourth Class Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency.
  • During the program, you study on campus from September to April with sea internships taking place from April to August.
  • International students must find a work placement on board a foreign vessel as a Canadian Passport/Permanent Resident Card is required to sail on Canadian vessels. Once you secure your work placement, we'll coordinate details with your employer.

Career options

  • Upon graduation, you're eligible to write Transport Canada's Fourth Class Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency exam. Successful completion of this exam qualifies you to work as a Fourth Class Marine Engineer and provides the foundation for you to continue your training to achieve further certifications.
  • Graduates may find employment with a number of shipping companies. A fleet of cargo, tanker, passenger ferry, research and offshore supply vessels operate in the inland, lake and coastal waters of Canada and international waters.
  • Engineering officers are in demand on a worldwide basis and the officer certification achieved upon program and sea service completion is recognized by the International Maritime Organization through Transport Canada.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Graduates of this program have the option to continue their training by enrolling in the Marine Engineering Management Technology program.
  • This program has Transport Canada approval. Graduates of programs approved by Transport Canada are granted remission of sea service towards certification through a combination of industry and college-based training.
  • Successful program completion requires that students maintain an attendance standard of 90% and a pass mark of 60% in all subjects.
  • Seafarers are required to be able to lift a minimum of 22 kilograms and have the physical capability to wear and negotiate both breathing apparatus and lifesaving equipment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with the skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
MANT 1121   Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities
MEDC 1811   Marine Basic First Aid
MEDC 1821   STCW Basic Safety
MEDC 1822   Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats
MEDC 2812   Marine Advanced First Aid
MEDC 2831   Advanced Firefighting
MENG 1111   Applied Mathematics I
MENG 1112   Applied Mathematics II
MENG 1121   Industrial Chemistry
MENG 1131   Applied Mechanics I
MENG 1132   Applied Mechanics II
MENG 1210   Technical Drawing I
MENG 1221   Technical Writing
MENG 1311   Skills Training I
MENG 1312   Skills Training II
MENG 1321   Engineering Materials I
MENG 1511   Engineering Knowledge, General I
MENG 1512   Engineering Knowledge, General II
MENG 1521   Engineering Knowledge, Motor I
MENG 1911   Sea Service/Onboard Training I
MENG 2141   Applied Thermodynamics I
MENG 2142   Applied Thermodynamics II
MENG 2313   Skills Training III
MENG 2314   Skills Training IV
MENG 2411   Naval Architecture I
MENG 2513   Engineering Knowledge, General III
MENG 2514   Engineering Knowledge, General IV
MENG 2522   Engineering Knowledge, Motor II
MENG 2531   Engineering Knowledge, Steam I
MENG 2610   Marine Electrotechnology I(A)
MENG 2612   Marine Electrotechnology II
MENG 2620   Marine Electrotechnology I(B)
MENG 2621   Automation, Control and Instrumentation I
MENG 2713   Maritime Law & Ship’s Business
MENG 2741   Propulsion Plant Simulator, Level I
MENG 2912   Sea Service/Onboard Training II
MENG 3143   Applied Thermodynamics III
MENG 3421   Ship Construction I
MENG 3515   Engineering Knowledge, General V
MENG 3532   Engineering Knowledge, Steam II
MENG 3541   Refrigeration and Air Conditioning I
MENG 3613   Marine Electrotechnology III
MENG 3622   Automation, Control and Instrumentation II
MMGT 2408   Leadership and Teamwork Skills I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection

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