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Marine Engine Driver 3

MED3 – MAR20421 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)

To operate machinery on vessels less than 500Kw propulsion power as a Chief Engineer in the EEZ up to offshore limits or as a Second Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power <750Kw in operations up to restricted operations.


This qualification is suitable for people who wish to work as a:

  • Chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 500 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ):
  • Second engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 750 kilowatts
    within the EEZ
  • Chief or second engineer on vessels with outboard engines within the EEZ
  • In the engine room of a vessel up to 80 metres long with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts.


You will be required to complete 13 units of competency, those units are made up of 8 units from the MED 3 course, 4 units from the ESS course and 1 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

SMT provides this training by working with participants to recognise and build on their existing skills and knowledge. Training and assessment is conducted in a classroom environment, workshop and on vessels, activities will include:

  • written assessments of underpinning knowledge;
  • simulated workplace activities outlined in an activity booklet;
  • demonstration of practical skills and knowledge.


Participants who are seeking a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC CoC must also undertake an AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) which is incorporated into and completed during the course assessment by SMT – learn more here.

things you need to know


From $1,700 (includes SMT AMPA Fee)

Includes ESS & First Aid

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

Additional AMSA Fees will apply.


There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

However, the training is designed for
participants with considerable experience in operating small vessels and who have the sea service time required for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC CoC

course duration

The MED 3 Near Coastal qualification is usually completed over 13 workshop days, which consists of the 2 day ESS course, 1 day First Aid course and a 10-day MED3 course.

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

The ESS and First aid courses are 2 separate courses to the MED3 course, which need to be enrolled into separately. Please discuss this with SMT during enrollment.

equipment & materials

All equipment, training and assessment materials participants need are provided.

Please bring your own writing materials, wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear suitable for a Vessel and Wet Weather gear appropriate for the forecasted weather conditions.

your new credentials

People who complete this course plus an Elements of Shipboard Safety Course and a First Aid Course will meet the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) training requirement for a Marine Engine Driver 3 NC CoC (also known as MED3).

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