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Coxswain Engineering

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For people who hold a Coxswain Grade 2 (NC) CoC and wish to operate a 100Kw up to 500Kw inboard propulsion commercial vessel up to 12m in length with inshore waters.


This course is for people who hold a Coxswain Grade 2(NC) CoC and wish to operate a 100Kw up to 500kW inboard propulsion commercial vessel up to 12 metres in length within inshore waters.

People who complete this course will meet AMSA’s training requirements for a Coxswain Grade 2(NC) 500kW inboard propulsion power CoC. The course is also a requirement for people who are working towards a Coxswain Grade 1(NC) CoC.

course outline

The course covers topics including:

  • routine checks and operation of propulsion machinery, ancillary equipment and other mechanical equipment in small vessels;
  • general responses to mechanical emergencies and malfunctions;
  • water-cooling and bilge-pumping arrangements;
  • use and care of low-voltage electrical systems;
  • precautions when charging batteries;
  • fire prevention and actions on a small vessel; refuelling precautions; auxiliary systems.

training & assessment

SMT provides all the training and assessment and activities will include:

  • written assessments of underpinning knowledge
  • engineering practical assessment on board a vessel
  • demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge in simulated workplace activities.


The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D—Crew Competencies requires that a seafarer pass a final assessment prior to the issue of a certificate of competency – learn more here.

things you need to know


From $300 (includes SMT AMPA Fee)

For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State Growth, Tas.

Additional AMSA Fees may apply.


This course is designed for participants with considerable experience in operating small vessels and who hold a Coxswain Grade 2(NC) CoC.

course duration

This is a 3-day course (9am – 5pm), which is completed in the classroom and includes a boating practical session.

equipment & materials

All of the equipment, training and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by SMT.

Participants must bring their own writing materials, own work-style clothing and enclosed footwear appropriate to the forecast weather conditions.

your new credentials

Participants who successfully complete all of the written, verbal and practical assessments will receive a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units:

  • MARB027 Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • MARC038 Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
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