Certificate IV In Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)

( Maritime Operations & Engineering )
Course code: J716
National ID: MAR40513

About this Course

Study Mode Full-time
International No
University Pathway No
This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to maintain and operate marine engines, auxiliary machinery and onboard systems. You will learn about the engine room and auxiliary equipment used on larger vessels such as ferries, trawlers and tugs. You will also learn skills in basic mechanical engineering, engineering calculations and shipboard safety.

2016 Course Dates:

1st February - 25th March

18th July- 9th September

This course runs for 8 weeks.

This qualification is aligned to the educational requirement for Certification as Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 as described in Part D of the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV). The Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate of Competency (CoC) is issued by the appropriate maritime regulatory authority in each state and territory.

A Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate allows a holder to take charge of the machinery on vessels less than:

  • 525kw (35QN) propulsion power engaged in operations in any area; or750kw (50QN) propulsion power engaged in operations up to Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm), or
  • 1500kw propulsion power engaged in operations up to Inshore limits (15nm).

This certificate also allows the holder to be second-in-charge of machinery on vessels less than:

  • 525kw (35QN) propulsion power engaged in Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm)
  • 750kw (50QN) propulsion power engaged in operations up to Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm)
  • 1500kw propulsion power engaged in operations up to Offshore Limits (600nm); or
  • 1500kw propulsion power

Evidence of sea time/service on board a vessel will be required to obtain a Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate of Competency from the Department of Transport. For information on all CoC requirements, please see: http://nationalsystem.amsa.gov.au/factsheets.php

Study Plan

Block 1 - Common Units

Unit Code Title
S8083 Work Effectively With Others
WH800 Undertake Basic Maintenance Of Electrical Systems
WH804 Undertake Maintenance Of Machinery, Machinery Systems And Structural Components
WH808 Complete Engine Room Tasks
WH809 Maintain Hull Out Of Water
WH810 Operate And Maintain Extra Low And Low Voltage Electrical Systems And Equipment
WH811 Operate Deck Machinery
WH814 Operate Marine Internal Combustion Engines, And Propulsion And Auxiliary Systems
WH815 Manage Fuel Systems
WH816 Operate And Monitor Marine Internal Combustion Engines, Propulsion Plant And Auxiliary Systems
WH817 Operate Electrical Systems
WH820 Operate Auxiliary Machinery Systems Up To 1500 Kw
WH822 Operate Marine Internal Combustion Engines And Associated Systems Up To 1500 Kw
WH823 Operate Propulsion Transmission Systems Up To 1500 Kw
WH860 Follow Environmental Work Practices

Block 2 - Maths

Unit Code Title
WH868 Carry Out Engineering Calculations

Block 3 - Stability

Unit Code Title
WH791 Manage Vessel Stability

Block 4 - Electrical

Unit Code Title
WH805 Undertake Maintenance Of 240 To 440 Voltage Alternating Current Electrical Systems
WH824 Operate 240 To 440 Voltage Alternating Current Electrical Systems

Block 5 - Management

Unit Code Title
WH802 Manage Refuelling
WH846 Manage An Engine Room And Small Engineering Team
WH861 Monitor Environmental Management On A Vessel

Block 6 - Trade Skills

Unit Code Title
WH801 Carry Out Basic Welding, Brazing, Cutting And Machining Operations On A Coastal Vessel

Confined Space

Unit Code Title
WH838 Work Safely In Confined Spaces On A Vessel

Elements Of Shipboard Safety

Unit Code Title
WH829 Apply Basic Survival Skills In The Event Of Vessel Abandonment
WH830 Follow Procedures To Minimise And Fight Fires On Board A Vessel
WH832 Survive At Sea Using Survival Craft
WH833 Meet Work Health And Safety Requirements

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses in 2016 on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Fees have been quoted on the basis of 2016 fee rates only. These are expected to change in 2017.​ Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2016​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​​​​​​​

Enrolment Type​
Tuition/Course Fee
Resource Fee 
Concession  Fee

Total Fee
General Training - - Check your eligibility ​ -​​
Apprentice/Trainee  $2,275.89
$1,543.01 Check your eligibility ​ $3,818.90

Location and Availability
Campus Availability
Wa Maritime Training Ctre S1
Wa Maritime Training Ctre S2
Y: All Year
S1: Semester 1
S2: Semester 2
Entrance Requirements

For entry into for some courses you may need an existing lower-level qualification. For other courses, you may need to demonstrate that you meet a certain level of communication and maths skills.

To discover the most up-to-date entrance requirements for this course before you apply, visit State Training Admissions.

Alternatively contact us directly.

International students:
For information about entrance requirements and how to apply for a South Metropolitan TAFE course, please visit our international section or contact us at international.students@smatfe.wa.edu.au ​​

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Domestic full time students:

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in. Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

these fees apply to all qualifications - including apprenticeships and traineeships - except access and bridging courses. Please note that you may be eligible for a concession on tuition fees. Please contact the Institute for concession categories. 

Resource fees:

this fee covers the cost of materials and consumables provided by South Metropolitan TAFE. Resource fees vary depending on the content of the course. Some courses such as marine studies, fishing operations, horticulture and outdoor recreation, incur high resource fees.​​

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