This program is designed to provide the technical and practical knowledge necessary to run, maintain and repair marine diesel engines and associated equipment.




Main Areas of Study:


  • Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Electrotechnology
  • Machine Shop Practice
  • Welding Practice
  • Engineering Drawing 


Accreditation Status:


Transport Canada and Canadian accreditation towards Practical Skills Training and Engine Room Rating Certification.




Applicants seeking entry to Marine Institute programs which lead to Transport Canada Certification for Seafarer’s should note that Transport Canada requires proof of satisfactory physical fitness prior to sitting for any Transport Canada exams. This includes satisfactory visual acuity, colour vision, and hearing among other physical requirements.


Proof of physical fitness is also required for students to participate in Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training which is a compulsory part of these programs.


Proof of physical fitness must be provided by way of a signed medical from an approved physician. Signed Seafarer’s medical from an approved physician is required for admission to this program. The list of physicians approved to conduct the Seafarer’s medical is available from the Marine Institute Office of the Registrar. Details of the physical requirements for the Seafarer’s Medical may be obtained from Transport Canada at the following address:


Marine Safety Directorate
John Cabot Building, 10 Barter’s Hill
P.O. Box 1300, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H8
(709) 772-5167




Please refer to the Admissions section of this Calendar.




Length of the Program: 1 Year


Number of Semesters: 2 Academic Terms + 5 weeks safety related courses + work term.


Number of Courses: 20 courses, including all required safety courses.


Work Terms - 2 Options: 1 Work Term either 60 days (ship based) or 50 days (land based)




Term 1
CMSK 0102 (Communication Skills)
ELTK 0102 (Electro-technology)
ENGR 0108 (Engineering Graphics)
MATH 0102 (Mathematics)
MREK 0101 (Marine Engineering Knowledge)
WKPR 0100 (Fitting Shop)
Term 2
BSMG 0202 (Workplace Preparation)
CMSK 0202 (Communication Skills)
ELTK 0200 (Electro-technology)
MATH 0200 (Mathematics)
MREK 0200 (Marine Engineering Knowledge)
MREK 0201 (Ship Stability and Construction)
WKPR 0103 (Welding Practice)
WKPR 0200 (Machine Shop)
These safety courses will be taken following Term 2:
SFTY 1102 (Marine Basic First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3))
SFTY 1114 (Basic Safety - STCW’95 VI/I)
SFTY 1117 (Survival Craft - STCW’95 V1/2)
SFTY 1123 (Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization STCW'95 A-V/1)
SFTY 1124 (Confined Space Entry Awareness) - To be delivered after SFTY 1123
SFTY 1129 (Security Awareness Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties)
Work Term
WKTM 0100 (Work Term - Marine Diesel Mechanics)




This program prepares graduates for either successful sea-going career as an engine room rating or a shore based career as an engine technician.


Students may complete either a 60 day sea-going work term or a 50 day shore based work term.


Transport Canada Certification


Upon graduation Transport Canada recognizes this program as meeting both the Practical Skills Training for Marine Engineers and the Engine Room Rating Training Program requirements. Upon successful completion of a Transport Canada approved (60 day) work term the graduate may qualify to write the Transport Canada Engine Room Rating Certificate exam (proof of graduation and eligible sea service must be submitted to transport Canada).




Graduates of the Marine Diesel Mechanics Technical program can expect to gain employment as an Engine Room Rating on merchant vessels including those of The Canadian Coast Guard. Employment can also be found on board offshore drilling platforms, at marine service centres, marine fabrication and repair yards as well as in the marine engine service industry.


Sample Job Descriptions:


Sea Based: Work as an engine room rating onboard commercial or government vessels, work as a mechanic on oil drilling platforms.


Shore Based: Work as an engine mechanic in engine repair shops or as a marine technician in marine industrial fabrication/repair facilities.