About this course

This course forms part of the new second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9,000kW and less than 3,000GT. It covers the required modules to enter the industry as a junior/assistant engineer, with the ability to progress through to the small vessel second engineer officer qualification. 

See career progression chart for this course

What you'll learn

The course is a new addition to the Approved Engine Course 1 and provides enhanced practical and theoretical learning in the following key areas: 

  • Refrigeration plant 
  • Legislation and management 
  • On board maintenance 
  • Safe systems of work 
  • Lifting - safe operations 
  • Electrical distribution 
  • Basic hydraulic maintenance 
  • Basic maintenance skills 

You'll be taught by a team of fully qualified and experienced lecturers and technicians who bring a very real, practical understanding behind the theory, not only from the Merchant Navy, but also the superyacht industry. 

Small vessel engineer training record books

The MCA has made changes on how students can access the Training Record Book, which must now be through an MCA-approved training provider.

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Further information

See our small vessel engineer officer progression chart for more information about this pathway. 

Course Information

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  • Career progression

    Yacht / small vessel engineer

  • Prerequisites

    None

Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to book.

Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email warsash.admissions@solent.ac.uk.

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Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday

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