MAR50120 Diploma of Marine Engineering [Engineer Watchkeeper Specialist]

National code: MAR50120 | WA course code: AC62 | CRICOS code: 103426F

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.

MAR50120 Diploma of Marine Engineering [Engineer Watchkeeper Specialist]

About 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. 

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Admission requirements

  • 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.

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Resource fees

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Material fees

​The Materials fee includes any item that remains the property of a student after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc... This fee is paid to your college at enrolment.

Additional information

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

Career opportunities

  • Marine Engineer
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