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Small Vessel Second Engineer - Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services and Ship Construction

About this course

This course forms part of the new second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9000kW 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).

The 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 prior to attending the Academy.

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 covers legislation, watchkeeping, maintenance, pollution, bunkering, sewage plants, air conditioning, fresh water, motion control (stabilisation), fire fighting, and ship construction.

Course delivery location

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 of where to report to 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

Please be aware that 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

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 21 January 2019 Yes £1252 Book
Monday 20 May 2019 Yes £1252 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 21 January 2019


5 Days







Teaching methods

Lecturer led learning and revision

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