Why choose this course?
Prepare for a career in the maritime industry as an engineer watchkeeper by completing this technically challenging qualification. Improve your employability in the maritime industry as this course offers scope for you to advance to the next higher level qualification.
On successful completion of this course you will be qualified to be chief engineer for larger, more powerful vessels enabling you to perform all of the work required of a marine engine driver. You could also find employment on larger vehicular ferries and tourist vessels or on coastal cargo vessels servicing remote or island communities and some fishing ‘mother-ships’. Further employment options include work on smaller offshore oil and gas supply boats.
Please note the Maritime calendar differs from the standard TAFE WA semester calendar. Semester dates are stated in your Letter of Offer.
This course is a full-time program that is timetabled over 4 to 5 days per week. This means you will have a very heavy study load which will encroach on your personal commitments during weekdays over the course of the program. The timetabled hours per week are essential to ensure all course requirements are met.
- Marine Engineer
An IELTS score (Academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 6.0 or equivalent.
Equivalent to Australian Year 12.
Students must have 36 months of sea time to achieve AMSA certification requirements. Please refer to regulatory requirements licensing information listed under additional information.
Students must submit a comprehensive Resume outlining their work experiences, employment history and qualifications in order for the application to be assessed for entry into this course.
Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this qualification:
This qualification meets some of the requirements for certification by the Australian National regulatory body the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as an Engineer Watchkeeper (STCW Engineer Watchkeeper Unlimited).
AMSA certification of competency will require:
- completing the MAR50120 Diploma of Marine Engineering - Engineer Watchkeeper
- holding or have held certificates of competency as defined in Marine Order 72
- qualifying sea service as defined in Marine Order 72
- completing STCW short courses as defined in Marine Order 72
- holding a valid AMSA certificate of medical fitness
- having passed a final AMSA assessment
- meeting any other regulatory requirements as defined in Marine Order 72
There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).
For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.
How to apply
Apply to study at TAFE in six steps:
- find a course;
- check entry requirements;
- submit an application;
- accept your offer and pay;
- apply for your student visa; and
- receive your visa and come to Australia for your studies.
View our TAFE application process for detailed advice
Cutoff dates to apply for TAFE Semester 2, 2023:
- Students not in Australia: applications close Friday 19 May 2023.
- Students already in Australia: applications will be assessed depending on availability.
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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.