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New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 5 (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



24 weeks

Next start date

Expected Sep 2024


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


This programme is a significant stepping stone toward a worthwhile career as a seafarer. The Class 5 is a 45 credit certificate programme to add on to your endorsement in Marine Engineering Class 6. This optional endorsement recognises those that can apply their skill to advanced vessel systems including electrical and control systems.

You need 200 hours of seatime on any powered vessel and a completed MEC6 MNZ Training Record Book to apply.

Learn how to operate and maintain all the equipment and systems onboard a vessel

Whether your interest is new vessel construction and boat building or equipment maintenance and upgrades, this programme aims to provide you with practical maritime engineering skills. How you apply these skills is your choice - careers in the maritime industry are many and diverse (learn more below - under Careers).

Develop core skills needed to keep your crew and the environment safe

Marine Engineers ensure the safe operation and essential maintenance of systems for the benefit of the crew and surrounding environment. This programme aims to develop these essential skills. Our focus on safety and leadership has earned New Zealand a solid reputation worldwide for maritime engineering training.


The skills you will amass during your career and your training may enable you to work in:

  • Vessel management
  • Vessel and equipment maintenance and upgrades
  • Ship services such as ship agents, ship chandleries, specialist operations
  • Research, design, and development
  • New vessel constructions and boat building
  • Computer management of assets
  • Steam plant operations
  • Classic vessels restoration and more.

The more skills you learn and have to offer the industry, the more income options you will have.

Entry criteria

There are no minimum academic requirements for entry.

English language requirements

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 3 (Applied). Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

Other requirements

  • Students must provide a Medical Certificate issued by a General Practitioner, or provide a Seafarers Medical Certificate or equivalent.
  • Be physically fit and capable of participating in the practical training component
  • Applicants should be aware that there are MNZ seatime, eyesight and medical requirements if they wish to apply for MNZ Licences on completion of this programme.

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