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Marine Mechanical Technician

Marine Mechanical Technician

Learn about marine engine systems and quickly start your career at sea.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$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 Seats available


Marine engines are some of the most powerful in the world and this program introduces you to them.

Learn the fundamentals of Marine Engineering Systems operations, including:

  • safe watchkeeping
  • operation of auxiliary machinery and associated controls
  • marine diesel engines
  • steam turbine plants
  • marine boilers and main steam systems

Admission requirements

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

Program requirements

  • A valid Marine Medical certificate (to meet Transport Canada's requirements for approved marine/cadet training programs) is required. Details are provided with your acceptance notification.
  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements (sea time) in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • H2S Alive
  • 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.

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 bursary details
  • As an Indigenous person, you may qualify for additional funds to cover living expenses. View bursary details

Sea time

  • You study on campus from September to April and then complete a 90-day sea internship from April to August. This is a significant reduction compared to at least 6 months of sea time required for those who are not enrolled in a training program.
  • 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

  • Graduates of the program are prepared to work nationally and internationally on marine vessels as an:
    • engine room rater
    • oiler
    • motorperson
    • mechanical assistant conducting engine room support, workshop duties and equipment monitoring, and tool and system maintenance.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in a state-of-the-art nautical training facility with simulators.
  • You receive Transport Canada's Engine Room Rating (ERR) Training certificate when you complete this program.
  • You receive Transport Canada's Practical Skills Training for Engineers (PSME) training certificate.
  • After you complete this program, you can transfer into the second year of the Marine Engineering Technology diploma program.

Other info

  • This program has Transport Canada provisional approval.
  • Successful program completion requires students maintain an attendance standard of 90%, a pass mark of 70% in practical examination and 60% in written examination.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1021   Communications & Maritime English
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
MENG 1111   Applied Mathematics I
MENG 1121   Industrial Chemistry
MENG 1131   Applied Mechanics I
MENG 1210   Technical Drawing I
MENG 1311   Skills Training I
MENG 1312   Skills Training II
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 2313   Skills Training III
MENG 2314   Skills Training IV
MENG 2610   Marine Electrotechnology I(A)
MENG 2620   Marine Electrotechnology I(B)
MENG 2650   Seaworthiness
MENG 2710   Legislative Requirements
PORT 2000   Standard Marine Communication Phrases
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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