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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:
1 Year
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
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

Program Overview

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

You study on campus from September to April and then complete a 90-day sea internship from April to August.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

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.

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 Diploma Program.

Employment Opportunities

  • 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.

Other Info

  • This program has Transport Canada provisional approval.
  • Successful program completion requires students maintain an attendance standard of 90% overall, a pass mark of 70% in practical examination and 60% in written examination.
  • International students – you 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.
  • Safety Training – 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.

Next Steps

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    Visit NSCC

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    Application Process

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