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Small Vessel Second Engineer - Marine Diesel Engineering

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 (unlimited area).

Gain enormous benefits from the expertise of our dedicated maritime lecturers. Many are ex-seafarers with either commercial or superyacht experience up to Chief Engineer (Unlimited). We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching based around the framework of being part of Solent University's Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering. This is bolstered by an exceptional overall first time pass rate of 85% (2012 yacht engineering courses).

This certification now covers new and experienced crew who wish to move into the small vessel environment as engineers. A CoC gained through this route will be transferable between the following industries:

  • Fishing vessels
  • Superyachts
  • Tugs
  • Workboats
  • Standby
  • Seismic survey
  • Oceanographic research vessels
  • Government patrol vessels

Further information about this new pathway can be found in MIN 524.

Course content

The course and exam covers engine working principles, turbochargers, engine operation and maintenance, engine safety devices and governors, clutches and gearboxes, fuel supply systems, fuel characteristics and treatment, cooling water systems, engine starting systems, and engine construction.

Pre-course preparation

This course is based on lecturer led learning and revision, followed by an exam on the afternoon of the final day. A full set of study notes is provided on application and six weeks’ preparatory study must be undertaken before starting the course.

On application, you will receive a website link and an access code - this will give you access to our teaching packs. These include course notes, past questions and other teaching materials which can be downloaded as a pdf for easy reading on laptops and mobile devices.

We strongly recommend you undertake at least six weeks' pre-study of our teaching packs before starting the course. Your week with us is essentially a revision week before the exam on the Friday.

Course delivery location - Southampton

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information on where to report when you arrive. 

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How to book

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

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

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 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

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 21 October 2019 Yes £1265 Enquire
Monday 3 February 2020 Yes £1265 Book
Monday 11 May 2020 Yes £1265 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 21 October 2019


5 Days







Teaching methods

Classroom-based lecturer-led learning and revision.


Delegates should have completed the AEC 1 and 2 and must be over 18.

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