Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4
Level 6

Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4

  • We are evolving

    From 1 October 2022, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    20 February 2023
    17 April 2023
    7 August 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time or part-time

  • Length

    Duration will vary depending on your sea-time and any prior qualifications you may have. The programme includes a 30 - 36 weeks full time block course here in Nelson.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2023: Average fee $6,000-$8,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy. Additional individual course fees may apply – dependent on prior learning experience

    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


Prepare yourself for employment in the merchant navy on vessels of any size, operating anywhere in the world.

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This programme is a significant part of the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) training requirements for students to gain the internationally recognised Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers (STCW) Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch Class 3 certificate of competency/the domestic Class 4 certificate of competency.

STCW Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch Class 3 (MEC3) Certificate of Competency

This qualification provides the domestic and international maritime industry, with marine engineers who are able to work as Engineer Officer of the Watch on merchant navy vessels of any size and propulsion power, anywhere in the world.

MNZ Marine Engineer Class 4 (MEC4) STCW-F

Provides the domestic and international fishing industry with Chief Engineers on vessels with a maximum propulsion power of 3,000KW.

Blended delivery (online and in-person)

A flexible learning approach gives you the option of completing a few components of the courses online, minimising time away from your job.

Core skills

The blended delivery of the programme also contributes to your employability by enhancing your core transferable skills; particularly digital literacy, problem-solving, communication skills and teamwork.


The Diploma will enable you to pathway into the level 7 programmes leading to Marine Engineer Class 2 and Class 1 (MEC2 and MEC1) qualifications.








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