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Marine Engineering Management Technology

Advance your knowledge of the highly complex engineering systems of a modern ship and qualify for a career as an engineering officer.

Two people, one wearing ear protection, work in a ship's engine room.
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Typical Length:
1.5 Years
Advanced Diploma

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This program prepares you for a management-level career as a ship's Engineering Officer in the commercial marine industry.

You build on your broad-based knowledge of the engineering systems used on a modern ship, with a focus on four functions at the management level: marine engineering; electrical, electronic and control engineering; maintenance and repair; and leadership/managerial skills.

You learn the theoretical and applied principles for each function – managing the operation of propulsion plant machinery, electrical and electronic control equipment; establishing safe and effective maintenance and repair procedures; and developing effective leadership and control that ensure safe operations and care for persons on board your ship.

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  • If you are accepted to the program and are a woman or Indigenous person you may be eligible for a $5000 bursary for annual tuition. Indigenous students who receive this award are also automatically considered for additional funds to assist with living expenses. Read more about the Ocean Dream Award for Women and Indigenous People
  • This program has Transport Canada approval.
  • You complete senior officer training in a state-of-the-art nautical training facility.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with the skills and knowledge to work safely in industry.
  • For more detailed information specific to the marine industry, visit Careers at Sea.

Other info

  • Successful program completion requires that students maintain an attendance standard of 90% and a pass mark of 60% in all subjects.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • International students may not be eligible for a Transport Canada Certificate of Competency unless granted citizenship or permanent resident status. You are strongly encouraged to verify currency of training with your government prior to registering. View additional Transport Canada details

January 2025

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Strait Area Campus
Port Hawkesbury
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Marine Engineering Technology diploma or a certificate as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch with 6 months of sea time.

Program requirements

  • You must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical certificate indicating you are fit for service. You may be assessed by a variety of criteria including physical fitness, visual acuity, peripheral and colour vision, depth perception, and  hearing sensitivity. Medical assessments can only be completed by a medical examiner recognized by Transport Canada. Visit Transport Canada for a list of authorized physicians, by location. Further 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.


Tuition amounts are for the 2024-25 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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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.

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    Career options

    • Graduates find employment with a variety of shipping companies that operate cargo ships, tankers, passenger ferries and research and offshore supply vessels.
    • Learn more about labour market information. View career options

    Courses may include

    These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

    Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
    If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

    MENG 3133 - Applied Mechanics III
    This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to apply advanced principles of marine mechanics and associated calculations. Students will learn to operate and maintain marine machinery by applying mathematical concepts and principles such as force balancing, simple harmonic motion, stress and strain, bending of beams, torsion and fluid mechanics.

    MENG 3144 - Applied Thermodynamics IV
    This course introduces concepts of gas power cycles and their applications: Otto cycle, Diesel cycle, Brayton Cycle. It covers the application of thermodynamic principles to the design, analysis, and optimization of the basic energy conversion systems: power generation, refrigeration, air-conditioning, and combustion. The tools to determine engineering design quantities and estimate their effects on the basic performance characteristics of the energy conversion systems are discussed.

    MENG 3412 - Naval Architecture II
    This course provides fundamental tools, techniques and principles of naval architecture in terms of stability and integrity. The topics covered include: hull form definition, principal dimensions, ships' lines, form coefficients, floatation, lightweight, deadweight. Centre of gravity, centre of buoyancy. Integration methods, hydrostatic curves, wetted surface. Stability criteria, transverse statical stability, metacentric height, effects of changes in weight on stability, free surface effects are explained. Inclining experiment, dry-docking and grounding, longitudinal stability, longitudinal metacentric height, trim, TPC immersion, moment causing trim, effect of added weights on draft, trim and heel are discussed. Stability at large angles, Bonjean curves, cross curves of stability, GZ curve are demonstrated. Damaged stability, permeability and bilging, list and trim due to damaged compartments, calculations by lost buoyancy and added weight method are explained.

    MENG 3516 - Engineering Knowledge, General VI
    This is a practical marine engineering course that introduces the learner to the equipment and systems found in almost every seagoing vessel. The detailed theoretical aspects of this subject matter will come about with high level of experience with different types of vessels. The course starts with ship propulsion and the flow conditions around the propeller(s). In this connection, the wake fraction coefficient and thrust deduction coefficient, etc. are mentioned. The total power needed for the propeller is found based on the above effective towing resistance and various propeller and hull dependent efficiencies which are also described. A summary of the propulsion theory is shown. The operating conditions of a propeller according to the propeller law valid for a propeller with fixed pitch are described for free sailing in calm weather, and followed up by the relative heavy/light running conditions which apply when the ship is sailing and subject to different types of extra resistance, like fouling, heavy sea against, etc.

    MENG 3523 - Engineering Knowledge, Motor III
    This course involves the skills and knowledge required to service engines and engine components on a vessel. Properties of materials and methods used in construction of engine components are specified, dynamic stresses and loads, materials and service limitations of engine components are outlined, construction and operating cycle forces of diesel engine components are outlined, Principles of engine lubrication are explained, different lubrication systems and demands each puts on oil are explained, methods for lubricating marine diesel engine components are specified and common faults are interpreted, Sources of contamination and deterioration of lubricants are analyzed, treatment, monitoring and testing methods are explained, results are evaluated and appropriate action to be taken is outlined.

    MENG 3614 - Marine Electrotechnology IV
    Marine Electro-technology is one of series of courses which focuses to help the learners to develop the fundamental knowledge in various topics regarding electro-technology. The fundamentals of Alternating Current such as electromagnetic induction, work and energy will be closely examined throughout the course. Design features of high-voltage installations are discussed; Construction features of the AC synchronous generator are explained, Effect of power factor on load characteristic of an AC generator is illustrated; Dangers associated with current and voltage transformers on high current and voltage systems are identified.

    MENG 3623 - Automation, Control and Instrumentation III
    This course outlines the basic actions and functions of automation equipment in marine contexts, skills and knowledge required to operate control systems on board a commercial vessel; Analyze open and closed loop systems; Explain principles and operation of pneumatic control element and systems; Compare temperature transmitters; Discuss operating principles of resistance temperature detector and thermocouple; Explain operating principles and application of sensing and transmitting elements.

    MENG 4145 - Applied Thermodynamics V
    This course concerns with the application of the principles of the First and Second Law to model Vapor Power System, analyze Vapor Power Systems – the Rankine cycle, performance parameters for the overall system, understand effects of boiler and condenser pressures on performance of ideal Rankine cycle, compare between the Ideal Rankine Cycle and the Carnot cycle, irreversibilities and losses in real Rankine cycle Operation, superheat and reheat Cycles and explore other means to improve the efficiency of systems. In addition, application of the principles of steady and transient conduction heat transfer, natural and forced convection heat transfer and radiation heat transfer will be discussed.

    MENG 4322 - Engineering Materials II
    This course is designed to provide the learner with the fundamental knowledge of the behaviour and characteristics of common engineering materials used on board ships; Destructive and non- destructive testing of material; distinguish among various properties of metals with respect to their impact on NDT methods. Engineering processes used in construction and repair accurately, test items for potential flaws/failures using the following NDT test methods: Radiography, Ultrasonic Inspection, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Dye Penetrant Inspection, Electromagnetic testing, Visual Inspection, Leak Testing, Hydro Testing, Eddy Current Testing and Hardness.

    MENG 4422 - Ship Construction II
    This course deals with ship types, stresses ships are subjected to, systems of framing, main structural elements of ships. Decks, sides, bottom, stiffening, hatch covers, bulkheads, stem and stern construction are explained. Rudders and stern frames, stern tubes, fittings, rudders and propellers, welding and cutting, fire protection, special types of ships, general design are explored. Construction features of SOLAS compliant vessels in terms of watertight integrity, ship dynamics, corrosion and its prevention, surveys and inspections in compliance with standards and regulations are discussed.

    MENG 4517 - Engineering Knowledge, General VII
    This course discusses the design features and operative mechanism of propeller shaft and associated ancillaries, testing of fuels and lubricants for contaminants, treatment of fuels and lubricants, auxiliary prime mover and associated systems, automation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, risk identification and the safety precautions and procedures for safe working environment.

    MENG 4518 - Engineering Knowledge, General VIII
    This course introduces the learner to bilge injection and ballast and prevention of pollution of the sea by oil. It describes sewage system, biological treatment system and contaminants that impair treatment process, discuss the preparation and practice of dry-docking, in-water survey and lay up and concludes with the discussions on the preparation and use of planned maintenance system, planned and unplanned maintenances and repair procedures.

    MENG 4524 - Engineering Knowledge, Motor IV
    This course deals with operation, surveillance, performance, assessment and maintaining safety of propulsion plant and auxiliary machinery. In particular, introduces learner with fuel injection, diesel engine performance evaluation, starting and reversing operation, control and safety, start up and shut down procedures for engine and other main machinery and associated.

    MENG 4525 - Engineering Knowledge, Motor V
    This course is the continuation of engineering knowledge dealing with identification of symbols and components used in schematic drawings and design basic hydraulic circuit drawings, safety practices while working on high pressure hydraulic circuits and will be able to use best practices in fault finding techniques and procedures to reduce costly downtime. It covers design features and operative mechanism of marine diesel engine, marine gas turbine and associated auxiliaries developing good safety practices while working on ways to recognize faults and damage to major components.

    MENG 4533 - Engineering Knowledge, Steam III
    This is a course in practical marine steam engineering knowledge that introduces the learner to the equipment and systems found in almost every seagoing vessel with steam plant. The detailed theoretical aspects of this subject matter will come about with high level of experience with different types of vessels. The course starts with marine boiler fundamentals, proceeding to steam turbines’ basic construction and operational principles as applied to marine main and auxiliary steam power plants.

    MENG 4534 - Engineering Knowledge, Steam IV
    This is the continuation of practical marine steam engineering knowledge courses that expand on learners’ knowledge discussing steam plant and steam systems, and auxiliary and associated systems, boiler and steam turbine survey and repair, evaporator, thermal fluid heating system, discusses functions and operation/control mechanisms of steam boiler and turbine, design features and operative mechanism of marine steam turbine and associated auxiliaries.

    MENG 4542 - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning II
    This course describes and explains the fundamentals of refrigeration cycles, system components, common refrigerants, theory of operation and preventive maintenance techniques as they apply in the marine industry. In addition, provides application of the basic theories and principles of refrigeration and air-conditioning appropriate to ship using schematics, assists learners to perform fault diagnostics and troubleshoot typical process control and system faults, numerate the different category of refrigerants and procedurally charge and recover refrigerants in accordance with the requirements and apply safety precautions and workshop management during operation.

    MENG 4615 - Marine Electrotechnology V
    This course is the fifth of six courses which focus on system components and configuration for generator and distribution system automatic control; discuss conductors, the operation of semiconductor devices and insulation; explains integrated circuits; describes function test of electrical and electronic control equipment and safety devices.

    MENG 4616 - Marine Electrotechnology VI
    This course in marine engineering technology provides the practical knowledge to manage troubleshooting and restoration of electrical and electronic control equipment to operating condition to safely and efficiently support the operation, maintenance and repair of various electrical systems on board.

    MENG 4624 - Automation, Control and Instrumentation IV
    Automation, Control and Instrumentation is a course that focus on Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and digital PID controller and the fundamental of microcontrollers; Testing and calibration of sensors and transducers of monitoring system; General requirements of automatic control equipment and safety devices; Marine engine electronic PID Controllers.

    MENG 4713 - Maritime Law and Ships Business III
    This course is designed to provide mariners with knowledge of international maritime law, agreements, conventions; national legislation and regulations to ensure safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. It gives tools to fulfill their responsibilities to monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements and measures during times of pilotage, marine occurrences, salvage, noting and extending protest and entering ports of refuge.

    MENG 4722 - Leadership and Management Skills
    The course provides knowledge and practice for officers in supervision, organizational structure and crew training techniques at the management level including task and workload management. Effective resource management techniques, decision-making processes and the development, implementation and oversight of standard operating procedures are integral to this course. The analysis of stress, fatigue and communication factors in terms of their evolution and associated morale and safety compromises are also covered. Learning presented in this course will augment and enhance individual leadership style and skills and can be applied on a day-to-day basis by those responsible for the safe, efficient, and effective operation of an individual vessel or a fleet of vessels. Additional detail of specific objectives covered can be found in the Transport Canada Document TP-15337E.

    SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
    This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

    SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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