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Marine Engine Driver 2

MAR30818 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 MAR30818 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 $ 1900

Includes ESS & First Aid

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

The following additional AMSA fees apply:

  • AMPA fee $250
  • AMSA licence application fee $155

As there is an AMSA licencing requirement for participants to have sea time accrued consisting of:

  • 180 days with a completed AMSA task book or
  • 360 days qualifying sea service or 240 days qualifying sea service while holding a Cox 1, Cox 2 500kW or MED3.
course duration

The qualification requires 18 workshop days which includes the 2 days for the ESS course and 1 day for the first aid course. 

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.

your new credentials

People who complete this will receive the qualification MAR30818 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal).

In order to obtain the credentials, the following must also be submitted to AMSA:

  • An appropriate radio certificate of proficiency
  • Completed AMSA Task Book and or Approved Sea Service
  • AMSA approved first aid certificate


Please note that AMSA will contact you once all your paperwork is approved to book in a time for your final oral assessment – fees apply – learn more here.

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