Orals Preparation (Second and Chief Engineers) - Engineering Management


Course Code: MX1EC402


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
15/07/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks/ £950Enquire  
21/10/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  
31/03/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  
14/07/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) recognised Officer of the Watch certificate of Competency (unlimited – III/1) 

Career Options and Progression

Completion of the Second Engineer certificate of competency may lead to a position of Chief Engineer. You may progress to senior management roles within the industry. 

Assessment Methods

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:  

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Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: N/A

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