Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4
Level 6

Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4

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  • Locations and dates


    21 February 2022
    8 August 2022
  • 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


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    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 and / or 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.

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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 team work.


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.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic requirements: NCEA Level 2 a qualification on the NZQF at Level 4 or above in a related discipline. Alternative requirements: Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager or delegate. English language requirements: If English is not the applicant s first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Table: IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in each band) Note: Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact NMIT for an assessment. Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

2.0 Years

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $6,542 $13,247
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $16,143 $32,690
TOTAL Learn more $22,685 $45,937
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 97%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $54,388
Earnings range Learn more $38,136 - $79,921
In employment Learn more 58%
In further study Learn more 28%
On a benefit Learn more N/A

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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