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FAQ’s: MCA Approved Engine Course

What will you get out of the MCA Approved Engine course?

This course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding to either become a Chief Engineer aboard a super yacht of over 24 metres in length or an assistant engineer on a much larger vessel.

You can start the course with minimal experience yet over four days gain the skills and experience necessary to set or repair ‘the D Sail’ on one of the largest yachts afloat… 

How much does it cost?

Expect to pay around £550* depending on where and when you choose to do it.

* Approx. US $850, or 780 EUROS

What are your limits on passing the MCA approved engine course?

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to act as:

  • Chief Engineer on sailing yachts over 24m in length and less than 200gt and 750 Kw within 60 miles from a safe haven
  • Chief Engineer on motor yachts over 24m in length and less than 200gt and l500Kw within 60 miles from a safe haven
  • Assistant Engineer on vessels over 200gt within 60miles from a safe haven (under the Large Yacht code LY(2)

Is the course theory, practical or both?

Although it is entirely shorebased it is a practical course, so you should bring overalls to keep the grease off you!

Can you take it in any country?

This being a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency certificate, you can only take it in the British Isles and dependent territories.

Prerequisites - What level of experience is required?

You should have a minimum of one month’s experience as a yacht engineer, and be 18 years of age or older.

How long does it take?

It takes four days to complete, usually done consecutively however your instructor should be able to develop a schedule that fits with you.

What does this marine engine course involve?

You will cover how marine engines are constructed and the principles by which they operate. You will look at the fuel, cooling and lubrication systems, as well as the electrical and power transmission systems you are likely to find on one of these vessels.

One of the most important jobs you will have as yacht engineer is to find and fix faults – this course will show you the most common examples of what is likely to go wrong and how to resolve it.

Finally, you will look at safe working practices and pollution prevention.

Next Steps - How do you progress once you've completed the course?

This qualification opens the door to working aboard a super yacht, or working as an assistant engineer aboard a mega yacht. Download this chart for information on career progression as an engineer.

Does it give you international accreditation?

Yes, you'll be able to work on marine engines around the world.

Where can I learn more about the MCA Approved Engine course?

Further Resources;
Take a look at this UKSA webpage for further information including the course syllabus.

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