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Maritime Engineering

The Engineering Department is responsible for training Engineering officers of a marine vessel who are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of all mechanical and electrical systems on board. This department on a marine vessel ensures that the ship’s propulsion, power generation, and essential machinery function reliably throughout the voyage.

Diploma in Marine Engineering Fishing Vessel Operations – Level 5

This program is registered with the NTA and Accredited with the NQA

This program welcomes a diverse group of participants, including recent school graduates and seasoned fishermen, who share a common aspiration: to pursue a rewarding career as Chief and Second Engineer Officers aboard Fishing Vessels equipped with main propulsion machinery generating 750 kW propulsion power or more. This specific qualification is essential, as it aligns with the stringent standards set forth in regulation II/5 of the 1995 STCW – F Code. Through this comprehensive program, individuals from various backgrounds can gain the specialized knowledge and hands-on experience required to efficiently operate and manage the intricate machinery powering these vessels, contributing to the safety and success of the fishing industry while unlocking exciting career opportunities.

unaccredited occupational courses

  • Marine Engineering Class 5
  • Marine Engineering Class 4


Candidates who wish to follow a maritime course must compoly with the following requirements:

Diploma programs:

  • Grade 12 with passes in Mathematics, Science and English, or
  • Rating qualification with 1 year sea service as a rating forming part of an engineering watch Equivalent Diploma in allied programs like Electrical, Mechanical and applicable Level 4 – TVET programs like Electronics, Instrumentation, Fitting and Turning and Welding and Metal Fabrication

Bachelor programs:

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering – Level 5 or
  • Grade 12 with 25 points in 5 subjects (including Mathematics, Science, and English) or
  • Equivalent allied programs in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering or
  • Level 5 TVET programs in Electronics, Instrumentation, Fitting & Turning, Welding & Metal Fabrication.

For entry into all Marine Engineering programs, entrants should satisfy the Administration concern as to medical fitness, including eyesight and hearing.

Responsibilities of an Engineering Officer

1. Propulsion Systems: Engineers oversee the operation and maintenance of engines, propellers, and other propulsion systems to ensure the ship’s manoeuvrability and speed.

2. Power Generation: They maintain generators, electrical distribution systems, and auxiliary machinery to provide power for onboard systems and equipment.

3. Mechanical Systems: Engineers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of pumps, compressors, refrigeration systems, and other mechanical equipment essential for the ship’s operation.

4. Safety Inspections: Regular inspections and testing of machinery and equipment are conducted to ensure compliance with safety standards and prevent mechanical failures or accidents.

5. Emergency Response: Engineering officers are trained to respond to emergencies such as engine breakdowns, fires, and leaks to minimize damage and ensure the safety of the vessel and its crew.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of a class course and receiving certificates of competence from the authority students may become engineers on different types of ships with different ranks as issued by the authority. These range from 3rd engineers to chief engineers on small vessels to chief engineers unlimited.

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