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Marine Engine Driver Grade 2

MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

This course provides approved training to the competency required for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal Certificate as specified by the NSCV and AMSA.


This qualification is suitable for people who wish to work as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal in the maritime industry in the capacity of:

  • Chief engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <1500 kW within
    the EEZ or
  • chief or second engineer on vessels with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion power
    within the EEZ or
  • assistant under direct supervision of a chief engineer or
  • worker in an engine room of a vessel <80 m long with propulsion power <3000 kW.
Participants are required to successfully complete 17 units of competency to be issued with a MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal), those units are made up of the 12 units from the Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 and 4 units from the ESS course and 1 unit from the First Aid course

course outline

The qualification covers theoretical and practical knowledge of the operations of mechanical equipment in an engine room of a small vessel including:

  • marine diesel engines and their fittings, shafting and propellers;
  • preparing marine diesel engines for use;
  • precautions necessary for the prevention of fire or explosion associated with the use of petrol, L.P. gas and distillate and with the charging of batteries;
  • actions to be taken in the event of fire or explosion, including the use of firefighting appliances;
  • cooling water and fuel systems, bilge pumping arrangements;
  • care of low-voltage electrical systems, including batteries;
  • fuel consumption; estimation and calculation; and
  • communication knowledge, skills required to write simple work-related documents

training & assessment

Training and assessment is conducted in a classroom environment, workshop and on vessels, activities will include:

  • written and verbal assessments of underpinning knowledge;
  • written assignments;
  • simulated workplace scenarios using vessel simulators;
  • simulated activities conducted in the classroom assessment; and
  • demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge completed on board a vessel.


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 $2,300 (includes SMT AMPA Fee)

This fee covers the course cost of ESS & First Aid

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

From Jan 2024 AMSA applications will need to be lodged and paid for by the applicant directly at Australia Post, however SMT will continue to work with you to collate your documentation and issue interims where applicable.

course duration

The qualification requires 15 MED2 workshop days. 

You will also need to enrol into and complete a 2 day ESS course and a 1 day first aid course. Both these short courses need to be booked into separately to the MED2 course. Please check our enrolments page for course dates.  

All courses run from 9am to 5pm each day.

Participants should also expect to
complete some self-study and assignments outside of class hours

equipment & materials

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

Participants must bring their own writing materials and wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear suitable for a Vessel and wet weather gear appropriate for the weather conditions forecast.

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