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Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, and Marine Electrical Engineering Programs at AMC Launceston

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The Australian Maritime College (AMC) is an internationally recognized maritime and marine tertiary education institution based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and is part of the University of Tasmania (UTAS). AMC is Australia's national center for maritime education, training and research. It has two campuses located within 31 miles of each other in Northern Tasmania, each with different facilities and residence.

Ocean seafarers have the opportunity to travel the world working on large international vessels such as passenger liners, tankers and bulk cargo carriers and offshore vessels in the oil and gas industry. The programs integrate professional short courses with training at sea so the students receive not only a Bachelor degree but also an Australian Maritime Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency (CoC).

Seafaring students must gain employment as a trainee marine deck or engineer officer with a shipping company in order to obtain the required qualifying sea service and complete on the job AMSA requirements. Employment may be sought either before or after Year 1 studies (also known as pre-sea training). On completion of their second year, students who wish or need to exit from their studies will be awarded the Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering if they have met the requirements for the award.

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Academic & Training Programs


Bachelors Degree Programs in Seafaring

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) - 4.5 years: This program of study is provided for students who intend to embark on a career in the maritime industry as navigating (Deck) Officers and Masters on commercial vessels. It provides the knowledge and skills required to safely manage and operate vessels. The program is designed to integrate with professional short courses and training at sea so that successful students will not only obtain and Advanced Diploma or Bachelor degree but also Certificate of Competency issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) - 4 years: This program of study is provided for students who intend to embark on a career in the maritime industry as Marine Engineer Officers on commercial vessels. It provides the knowledge and skills required to safely manage, facilitate, and undertake operation and maintenance linked to the shipboard marine engineering systems. The program is fully compliant with the training and educational requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), as amended in 2010 (Manila 2010).
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Electrical Engineering) - 4 years: This degree is aimed at individuals wanting a career in the international shipping industry. Graduates will become Electro-Technical Officers on commercial vessels. On completion of the course, graduates will have the knowledge and skills required to undertake Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) oral examination for Certificate of Competency as ETO. It is suitable for students who complete Australian Year 12 studies (or equivalent), as well as trade personnel and existing seafarers wishing to upgrade their qualifications.
  • Graduates of the programs may be eligible for membership of - Engineers Australia as Graduate Professional Engineer, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

LAST UPDATED ON Sep 21, 2017

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