Next course dates
|Start Date||Location||Duration / Fee|
|28/03/2024||Fleetwood Nautical Campus||3 Weeks/ £950||Enquire|
|18/07/2024||Fleetwood Nautical Campus||3 Weeks/ £950||Enquire|
|18/10/2024||Fleetwood Nautical Campus||3 Weeks/ £1,540||Enquire|
|28/03/2025||Fleetwood Nautical Campus||3 Weeks/ £1,540||Enquire|
|18/07/2025||Fleetwood Nautical Campus||3 Weeks/ £1,540||Enquire|
Prepare for your Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Second and Chief Engineer orals examination.
This intensive programme of study will provide the knowledge and understanding required by Second and Chief Engineers employed on board merchant vessels.
You will learn techniques to enable you to express your knowledge and to portray a higher level of management skills during the oral examination interview.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) recognised Officer of the Watch certificate of Competency (unlimited – III/1)
This course is preparation for a formal orals assessment by an external examiner. The syllabus followed is an international standard that is contained within the Standards for Training, Certification of Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
The syllabus includes:
- Operate, test and maintain marine engineering systems
- Operate, test and maintain electrical, electronic and control engineering systems
- Plan, schedule and organise maintenance and repairs
- Detect and identify the cause of machinery malfunctions and correct faults
- Trim, stability and stress
- Legislative requirements
- Maintain safety and security of the vessel, crew and passengers
- Emergency situations and damage control
- Management of personnel
Teaching and Learning Methods
This is a classroom based course that is centred on the knowledge and understanding required for the oral assessment. Questions and answer sessions are the core, with any deficiencies addressed through explanation and relation to the appropriate regulations.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement or field trips as part of this qualification.
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
Accommodation, transfers and meals are not provided within this course.
All equipment required by the course is provided.
- The cost of the MCA Orals examination is not included in the above course costs.
- All students are required to produce their passports at the commencement of their course as part of the enrolment procedure and to provide evidence of identity. You will also need to bring an original or attested copy of your Seaman’s Discharge Book/CDC with you to enrolment.
- Students need to apply for their Notice of Eligibility (NoE) 6 to 8 weeks prior to the start date of their course. The MCA will accept an attested copy of your passport along with your original seaman’s discharge book/ CDC, Certificate of Competency and sea service testimonials.
There are a range of potential funding options available to you:
- You can apply for Tuition fee loans via the Government student finance: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students
- Sponsorship from your employer
- Scholarship opportunities, such as those found through the Marine Society: https://www.marine-society.org/
- As an active student you can also become a student member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). This offers benefits such as Awards, Funding, Sponsorship, Scholarships and bursaries: https://www.imarest.org/funding
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: N/A
Terms and Conditions
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