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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4) with optional strand in Marine Engineering Class 5
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 45 - 90
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Maritime Engineering and Technology » Marine Craft Operation
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with people who have the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment to entry-level Marine Engineer Class 6 (MEC 6) standards under the Maritime NZ Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.
The qualification is intended for new entrants to the industry or engine room crew intending to progress to roles as marine engineer.
Graduates will generally operate under broad supervision from the chief engineer and the vessel master.
The Marine Engineer Class 5 optional strand recognises the expanded skills and knowledge required to attain Marine Engineer Class 5 (MEC 5) certification under the Maritime NZ Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Follow safe working practices and contribute to effective communications and relationships on board.
- Operate and monitor vessel's propulsion engines and machinery.
- Maintain vessel's engine and machinery during in-service vessel operation.
- Prepare vessel's machinery and systems for survey and slipway maintenance.

Graduates of the Marine Engineering Class 5 strand will also be able to:
- Apply an expanded knowledge of the structures and components of vessel machinery and systems, to operate and monitor the vessel's engines and machinery.
- Apply an expanded knowledge of vessel machinery and systems to the maintenance and repair of equipment on-board a vessel.
- Apply safe and sustainable working practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.
- Apply procedures to protect the environment during vessel operations.
Education pathways
This qualification builds on the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 3) with strands in Deck Crewing, Engineering, Passenger Services, and Superyacht Crewing [Ref: 2506]
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 4) with strands in Deck Crew, Electro-technology, and Engineering [Ref: 2511].

This qualification leads to the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering (Level 6) [Ref: 2514].

Graduates can also progress to higher-level marine engineering qualifications leading to Marine Engineer Class 1 (MEC 1) under the Maritime NZ Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.
Employment pathways
Graduates who are certified by Maritime NZ will be able to work as a Marine Engineer Class 6 or Marine Engineer Class 5.
With additional qualifications, training and experience, graduates may progress to the following roles which are the most senior maritime command certificates:
- Marine Engineer Class 4
- Marine Engineer Class 3
- Marine Engineer Class 2
- Marine Engineer Class 1.
This allows them to work in any marine engineering role up to Chief Engineer on foreign going vessels.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
N/A
Education Organisation 4 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2509
Status Current
Created June 2015
Next Review June 2025
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