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 + one 5-week technical session + work term.


Number of Courses: 21 courses, including all required safety courses.


Work Term - One 90 day (ship based) Work Term




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)

Technical Session
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)
SFTY 1129 (Security Awareness Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties)
SFTY 1137 (Fall Protection (Offshore))

Work Term
WKTM 0100 (Work Term - Marine Diesel Mechanics)




This program prepares graduates for a successful sea-going career as an engine room rating.


Students must complete a 90 day sea-going work term.


NOTE: In cases in which extenuating circumstances arise that may prevent the completion of a work term, the student’s situation will be evaluated by the Program Chair in conjunction with the placement officer, the School Head (or designate), the Department of Student Affairs and the Registrar’s Office, to determine an approach that is in the best interests of the student while maintaining the academic integrity of the program


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.