Study to become a Second Engineer or Chief

Diploma in Foreign-going Master or Chief (Level 7)

Also known as Marine Engineer Class 2 (MEC 2) or Marine Engineer Class 1 (MEC 1)

Programme highlights

Take your engineering career to the next level.

If you are a marine engineer looking to progress your career to a senior engineer or head of a technical department role, this programme is for you.

You will develop the critical thinking skills to solve complicated engineering problems at sea.

When you graduate, you will be ready to take charge of engineering operations and lead a team of engineers onboard the most complex and advanced vessels, technical operations onboard large cruise ships, or managerial shore-based positions.

This qualification leads to a Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) certificate. Expand for more more detail.

You need to complete this qualification before applying to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) for a:

Take your marine engineering career to the highest level with Marine Engineering Class 1 (MEC 1).

If you continue to study the optional strand  MEC 1 for a further 12 weeks, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to become a chief engineering officer.

You need to complete this qualification before applying to MNZ for a:

Award of the MNZ MEC 2 or MEC 1 certificates of competency will also require the completion of:

  • Sea service
  • Maritime NZ medical
  • Eye test fit and proper check
  • Oral exam
  • Ancillary certificates.

See maritimenz.govt.nz for all requirements needed before you apply.

This is an internationally recognised programme, meeting the standards of the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) STCW code (Standard for Training and Certification for Watchkeepers), (regulation STCW A-III/2).

Key facts

Start month(s)

MEC 1 (optional strand): September

MEC 2: Enquire upon application

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School

Level 7
Domestic fees

$7,100 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

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Programme code MN3832
Duration

MEC 1 (optional strand): Full-time for an additional 12 weeks.

MEC 2: Full-time for 1 year (36 teaching weeks).

Study method

Modules

Credits 120-150
International fees NZD$16,400 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

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Qualification leads to

Diploma in Foreign-going Master or Chief (Level 7)


Entry requirements

Entry to the programme is restricted to:
  1. Those students holding a  Watchkeeper deck Certificate of Competency issued by Maritime New Zealand or an overseas qualification recognised by MNZ as being equivalent; or
  2. Those students who have completed the academic components of the NZ2515 NZ Diploma in Nautical Science programme; or
  3. Those students holding a Marine Engineer Class 3 Certificate of Competency issued by Maritime New Zealand or an overseas qualification recognised by MNZ as being equivalent, and passes within the past five years in the Mathematics and Engineering Drawing courses of the revised Class 3 Certificate of Competency; or
  4. Those students who have completed the academic components of the NZ2514 New Zealand Diploma in Marine Engineering programme.
English language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Regulatory and other entry requirements

Students intending to pursue a seagoing career must produce evidence of having met the medical and eyesight/hearing standards currently in force by Maritime New Zealand. These are statutory requirements for working on vessels. Applicants must be physically capable of completing the programme.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

International students

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses  (120 credits):
Chief engineering foreign-going

Level 5

946.506 Marine engineering maths 1 (15 credits)

To enable you to understand general mathematical principles underpinning the engineering behaviour of the ship and its environment, and to be equipped with appropriate mathematical skills to solve engineering problems and understand technical specifications and instructions for unfamiliar equipment.

Level 6

942.674 Fluid mechanics management (10 credits)

To enable you to demonstrate broad theoretical knowledge of hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles and a practical overview of applications for safe ship operations.

942.677 Electrical, electronic and control engineering management (15 credits)

To enable you to manage the operation of electrical and electronic control equipment.

Level 7

942.733 Solid mechanics management (15 credits)

To enable you to understand and apply the principles and laws of mechanics, apply problem-solving skills to the dynamics of machines, in particular, power transmission systems and to develop problem-solving skills in relation to the strength of materials on-board a vessel in order to evaluate performance and make decisions involving seaworthiness.

942.736 Human elements in leadership and management (HELM) (leadership and management) (15 credits)

To enable you to manage and lead a team in a maritime environment.

942.745 Naval architecture management (15 credits)

To enable you to develop their theoretical and practical knowledge of naval architecture and ship design features.

942.750 Thermodynamics 2 (20 credits)

To enable you to have a broad theoretical and practical overview of applied thermodynamics principles in order to evaluate performance and make decisions involving seaworthiness of a ship.

942.752 Engineering knowledge (15 credits)

To enable you to have the theoretical and practical knowledge of main and auxiliary machinery to maintain the seaworthiness of a ship.

For chief engineer, marine engineer class 1 (MEC 1), you will also need to complete the below two courses (30 credits)

942.735 Electrical marine control engineering (15 credits)

To enable you to control the electrical and electronic equipment using PLC.

942.751 Chief engineering knowledge (15 credits)

To enable you to have the theoretical and practical knowledge of main and auxiliary machinery to maintain the seaworthiness of a ship and the responsibility of the engineering crew.

Career opportunities

Chief (MEC 1) and Second Engineer (MEC 2) on-board large cruise ships, or managerial shore-based positions.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Further training or study

Postgraduate programmes in the shipping industry.

You could also develop your skills in logistics with a Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Shipping Management (Level 7).

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As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 18 August 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.