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New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4) with strand in Marine Engineering Class 5

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28 weeks (includes...
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Start date: September-2019
New Zealand Maritime School - City Campus
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Programme highlights

Get the skills and knowledge you'll require for an entry-level marine engineer position on wide range of domestic vessels and foreign going fishing ships.

Learn how to operate, monitor and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment and how to apply safe and sustainable working practices to contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

This qualification is designed to meet the requirements for training for the MNZ Marine Engineer Class 6 and Marine Engineer Class 5 Certificate of Competence issued by Maritime New Zealand.

This program is also known as MEC6 or MEC5.

Career opportunities

Marine Engineer Class 6 or Marine Engineer Class 5.

Programme structure

Marine Engineer Class 6 (Mec 6)

  • STCW Basic Safety Training – Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness
  • Machinery and systems operation practicum MEC 6
  • Machinery and systems operation MEC 6
  • Machinery and systems maintenance practicum MEC 6
  • Machinery and systems maintenance MEC 6
  • Slipway preparation MEC 6

Marine Engineer Class 5 (Mec 5)

  • Safe work and stability
  • Machinery and systems operation MEC 5
  • Machinery and systems maintenance MEC 5
  • Environmental protection practices MEC 5
  • STCW Basic Safety training – Basic Sea Survival
  • STCW Basic Safety Training – Basic Fire Fighting
  • STCW Basic Safety Training – Basic First Aid

Optional Course

  • Marine Dangerous Goods
  • STCW Basic Safety Training - Basic First Aid

Further training or study

New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering (Level 6)

Graduates can also progress to higher-level marine engineering qualifications leading to Marine Engineer Class 1 (MEC 1) under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

Entry criteria

Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand license.


Applicants are required to complete Year 12 or equivalent of secondary school.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower then 5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill OET at Grade C in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 42; City & Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 42; Language Cert: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS.


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