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Marine Engineering, Deck Cadet & Officer, and Professional Seafarer Education & Training at MCAST College Maritime Institute

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Established in 2001 and located at Paola and Gozo, Malta campuses, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is a vocational education and training institution and offers 185 full-time and over 300 part-time vocational courses ranging from certificates to degrees (MQF Level 1 to Level 6). MCAST Technical College provides further programs of study at MQF/ EQF Level 4 in closer collaboration with industry. The Advanced Diplomas on offer prepare the students with the right knowledge, skills and competences in order to take up technical positions within industry or progress to the University College should they prefer to do so.

MCAST University College caters for higher education programs and vocational degrees while also working in close collaboration with industry in order to provide professionals that are both academically prepared and practically trained to satisfy the needs of the local industry. The Institutes and Centers provide all the necessary technical and professional expertise for the delivery of all programs at MCAST while having the main aim of driving forward all the areas of study under their respective responsibility with an outlook towards the future.

MCAST programs are flexible, relevant and industry focused. The Institute of Engineering and Transport - Maritime (MCAST Maritime Institute) is the only institution in Malta providing accredited education & training of seafarers and provides training as sea as officers & ratings in the merchant navy. The Institute also offers the professional seafarer a considerable number of short & ancillary courses, thus enabling officers and ratings to meet the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers. The Institute also runs a training program for the benefit of small craft owners as well as courses for Yachtmasters & near-coastal commercial boat operators.

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Education & Training Programs


Marine Engineering

  • MCAST BSc (Hons) in Marine Engineering (3 years full-time - MQF Level 6): This course deals with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of engines and machinery in ships and marine installations. You will gain an understanding of developed and emerging technologies while applying theoretical and practical methods in the analysis and solution of marine engineering related problems. Career opportunities like Marine Structural Designer, Marine Systems Designer, Marine Technologist, and Marine Surveyor are open to successful students.
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Marine Engineering Level 4 (3 years on Apprenticeship - MQF Level 4): This course is the first step for those who wish to embark in a career in the maritime sector, with opportunities being available both locally and internationally. The course introduces the basics of engineering related to marine vessels and is ideal for those who wish to be introduced into this sector and obtain a formal vocational qualification. After successful completion of the course, you will become a technical person with sound theoretical and practical competences. This course includes work-related training and practice. The job opportunities include - Marine Technician, Ship Repair Technician, Ship Repair Fitter, and more.

Deck Programs

  • MCAST Chief Mate (1 year full-time - MQF Level 1): This course is a continuation in the career of a Deck Officer in the merchant marina leading to the issue of a Certificate of Competence as a Chief Mate. The training provided is at management level and candidates attending this course are expected to dedicate a lot of time to their studies and are also expected to wear a merchant marine uniform whilst undergoing training ashore. The qualification is Awarded by Transport Malta and eligibility include - Valid OIC Navigational Watch Certificate of Competency plus 12 months at sea in that capacity.
  • OIC Navigational Watch - Awarded by Transport Malta (3 years full time with 12 months ocean-going - MQF Level 1): The course aims at giving the candidate the necessary training as an Officer Cadet to qualify for a Certificate of Competence as an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on a foreign-trading merchant vessel. Training consists of a number of maritime related subjects such as Navigation, Meteorology, Signals, Ship Knowledge and Stability, Cargo Operations, International Regulations, a high level of physical fitness training and leadership training in which all candidates are expected to participate and to attain a high degree of competence. Officer Cadets are expected to dedicate a lot of time to their studies and are also expected to wear a merchant marine uniform whilst undergoing training both ashore and on board ships. Officer Cadets attending the course may also be assisted in finding a sponsor for the practical training period at sea during the second phase of training on the course. All the lecturers and Instructors are appropriately qualified in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention.

Short Courses of Maritime Professionals

  • Advanced Fire Fighting - 30 Hours
  • Basic First Aid - 4 Hours
  • Basic Seamanship and Safeboat Handling (Maltese) - 24 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Boatman - 28 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Boatmaster Grade 1 - 39 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Boatmaster Grade 2 - 43 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Code of Practice - 4 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Engine Driver Grade 1 - 38 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Engine Driver Grade 2 - 31 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Engine Driver Grade 3 - 21 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Engineer - 78 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel General Purpose Hand - 20 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Master - 67 Hours
  • Commercial Vessel Mate - 62 Hours
  • Company Security Officer - 18 Hours
  • ECDIS Generic Course - 40 Hours
  • Efficient Deck Hand - 37.50 Hours
  • Electrical Principles for Marine Engineering 1 - 60 Hours
  • Elementary First Aid - 16.50 Hours
  • Fire Awareness - 4 Hours
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting - 15 Hours
  • GMDSS GOC (General Operator's Certificate) - 132 Hours
  • GMDSS ROC (Restricted Operator's Certificate) - 48 Hours
  • Medical First Aid - 32 Hours
  • Occupational Health and Safety - 4 Hours
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility - 14 Hours
  • Personal Survival Techniques - 13.25 Hours
  • Port Facility Security Officer - 18 Hours
  • Port Work Foreman Course - 30 Hours
  • Port Work Induction Course - 40 Hours
  • Practical Boat Handling - 4 Hours
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats - 31.50 Hours
  • Risk Assessment - 10 Hours
  • Rope Access Level 1 - 40 Hours
  • Rope Access Level 2 - 40 Hours
  • Security Awareness Course - 4 Hours
  • Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties - 10.50 Hours
  • VHF Short Range Certificate - 24 Hours
  • Yachtmaster (Offshore) - 130 Hours

LAST UPDATED ON July 31, 2018

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