Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 5 / Class 6
Level 4

Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 5 / Class 6

  • Fees Free eligible programme

    Learn more(external link)

  • Locations and dates

    No start dates are currently available. Apply to be informed when new dates are added.
  • 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, or if you only need MEC6, then this duration will be reduced.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    Course fees are dependant on choices/requirements. Mec 5 is approx $2,631 plus $90 Student Services Levy. mec 6 is approx $1,877 plus $90 Student Services Levy.

    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

    NZ2509 - New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4)

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

You only need 200 hours of seatime to apply. We can advise about this. You can read about the all requirements(external link) from Maritime New Zealand, with guidance for MEC6.

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 maritime machinery 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. 

Training is designed to fit around your schedule 

A flexible learning approach gives you the option of completing course components online, thus minimising your time away from your job, while taking advantage of your workplace situation to enhance the relevance of your learning.

The blended delivery of the programme at NMIT also contributes to your employability by enhancing your core transferable skills particularly digital literacy, problem solving, communication skills and team work.

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