Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 5
Level 4

Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 5

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    30 September 2024
  • Study options

    Full-time with some part-time options

  • Length

    24 weeks total duration for MEC5 (includes MEC6) – includes online/distance learning components and a 10 week block course here in Nelson. If you already hold MEC6, then this duration will be reduced.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2023: $2,830 plus $90 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Do you enjoy building and maintaining machines or systems? Are you a natural problem-solver? Do you thirst for adventure on the high seas? Why not turn your interest into a career as a Marine Engineer?

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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).

Furthermore, if you want more information on the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand click the link IMINZ.(external link)

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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. For example, The Marine Engineer Class 5 license (MEC5) is internationally recognised.







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