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New Zealand Diploma in Marine Engineering (Level 6) also Known as Marine Engineer Class 4 (MEC 4) or Marine Engineer Class 3 (MEC 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



2.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2025


New Zealand Maritime School - City Campus


Programme highlights

Do you want to travel the world working as a marine engineering officer?

Learn the practical skills you need to get a job as an engineering officer on board a ship.

You could find work on a cruise liner, ferry, container ship or support vessels in the oil and gas industry.

Completing this programme and the required sea-time is a pre-requisite to obtaining the Maritime New Zealand certificate of competency, the required training leads to the Marine Engineer Class 3 (MEC 3). This certificate means you can work as an engineering officer on vessels anywhere in the world.

Career opportunities

Marine Engineering Officer on foreign-going ships.

Further study

Graduates of this qualification can progress to courses leading to the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) Marine Engineer Class 2 (MEC 2) or Marine Engineer Class 1 (MEC 1) certificates of competency.

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

Entry criteria

Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand license.


Applicants are required to complete Year 12 or equivalent of secondary school.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Examinations: FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50; City & Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66; Language Cert: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS.

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