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MCA Approved Engineering and Electro Technical Training Programs and Courses for Entry Level & Merchant Navy Officers and Yacht Engineering Officers 

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Warsash Maritime School is a maritime & offshore training school and is part of Solent University Southampton . For over 70 years the academy has provided first class training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and offshore oil industries. 

Warsash Maritime School provides internationally recognized training and certification courses approved by the MCA, MNTB, OPITO, SIGTTO, SQA, and other awarding bodies. The school also provides consultancy and research to the international shipping and off-shore oil industries.


At Warsash Maritime, you can study for internationally recognized skills and MCA qualifications necessary for a career as an engineering officer. The school offers all MCA approved training programs to progress from engineer officer of the watch to second and chief engineer in the Merchant Navy, as well as progression from assistant engineer to chief engineer on superyachts.

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Engineering Training Programs




Entry Level Engineering Courses

  • Engineer Cadet - Foundation Degree Program (3 years): This fully-sponsored cadet training program leads to an FdEng Marine Engineering, as well as the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Certificate of Competency (STCW A-III/I OOW). The course also provides you with a direct pathway to BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management. Officer cadet training schemes typically last for around three years and are split into five phases which alternate between academic studies and practical and safety training, and seagoing periods to gain shipboard experience.
  • Engineer Cadet - Higher National Diploma Program (3 years): This fully-sponsored cadet training program leads to a HND Marine Engineering, as well as the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 III/I OOW).
  • Marine Electro-Technical Officer (METO) Cadet - Foundation Degree Program (3 years): This fully-sponsored cadet training program leads to an FdEng Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering, as well as the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Certificate of Competency (STCW A-III/6 OOW) and a GMDSS radio maintenance certificate and an electronic navigation equipment maintenance (ENEM) certificate.

Engineer Officer of the Watch (Unlimited)

  • Engineer Officer of the Watch MNTB Workshop Skills Training: Unless you have been exempted by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency due to previous industrial experience/qualifications, you must undertake and pass an MNTB Workshop Skills Training program before you can gain initial certification as Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW). This program is normally undertaken as part of one of the EOOW unlimited certification programs.
  • Engineer Officer of the Watch (IAMI/Exam Route) For Experienced Seafarers: This program for experienced seafarers (senior engine room ratings and other uncertified personnel) leads to STCW '95 III/1 engineer officer of the watch (EOOW) certification.
  • Engineer Officer of the Watch (Specialized Route): This program is for those with specialized academic qualifications and/or experienced recognized by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The program leads to STCW ’95 III/1 Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) certification.

Second/Chief Engineer (Unlimited)

  • MCA Engineering Knowledge (Motor Propulsion) Management Level (10 weeks): The course consists of a 10-week study program followed by external exams conducted by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) on behalf of the MCA. You may also be required to undertake Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level) and High Voltage (Management Level) courses if not already successfully completed.

Small Vessel Second Engineer (formerly Y4) - less than 200GT and less than 1,500kW

  • Approved Engine Course One (5 days): This MCA-approved course is entry level for those wishing to work on yachts, workboats, fishing vessels, tugs, standby, seismic survey, oceanographic research vessels and government patrol vessels.
  • Approved Engine Course Two (5 days): This course forms part of the new second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9,000kW and less than 3,000GT. It covers the required modules to enter the industry as a junior/assistant engineer, with the ability to progress through to the small vessel second engineer officer qualification.
  • Small Vessel Second Engineer - Marine Diesel Engineering (5 days): This course forms part of the second engineer officer qualification for small vessels (less than 9000kW and less than 3,000GT) with an unlimited area limitation. This certification is for new and experienced crew who wish to move into the small vessel environment as engineers.
  • Small Vessel Second Engineer - Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services and Ship Construction (5 days): This course forms part of the second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9,000kW and less than 3,000GT (unlimited area).

Small Vessel Chief Engineer (formerly Y3) - Less than 500GT and less than 3,000kW

  • Small Vessel Chief Engineer - Statutory and Operational Requirements (5 days): This course forms part of the chief engineer officer qualification for small vessels (less than 9000kW and less than 3,000GT) with an unlimited area limitation.

Small Vessel Chief Engineer (formerly Y2/Y1) - Less than 3,000GT and less than 9,000kW

  • Small Vessel Chief Engineer - General Engineering Science I (5 days): This course covers mechanics and stability and prepares students to sit the MCA/SQA written exam.
  • Small Vessel Chief Engineer - General Engineering Science II (5 days): This course covers applied heat and electricity and prepares students to sit the MCA/SQA written examination.
  • Small Vessel Chief Engineer - Applied Marine Engineering (5 days): This course forms part of the chief engineer officer qualification for small vessels (less than 9000kW and less than 3,000GT) with an unlimited area limitation.
  • Small Vessel Chief Engineer - Auxiliary Equipment Part 2 (5 days): This course forms part of the chief engineer officer qualification for small vessels (less than 9000kW and less than 3,000GT) with an unlimited area.

Engine Room Systems and Simulation

  • Electrical and Control Engineering Survey: This five-day course is designed to give marine surveyors, shipyard technical designers and shipping company technical superintendents in-depth knowledge and practical surveying experience of modern marine electrical and control engineering systems. The course is run in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and is the only course of its type in the world.

Bachelors & Masters Degree Programs

  • Bachelors degree top-ups, full-time bachelors and masters programs and, blended and distance learning programs in maritime, shipping, logistics & transport Programs at Solent University Southampton.