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Marine Engineering and Apprenticeships, MCA Engine Courses & RYA Approved Courses in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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Established in 1990, Pembrokeshire College is is a further education college and the county's largest provider of a wide range of post-16 education, training and other services. Situated in a modern, purpose-built campus in Haverfordwest, the college offers young people and adults excellent training opportunities to help them achieve their education, training and career goals.

Pembrokeshire College’s MITEC School of Marine Engineering & Industrial Engineering provides a range of courses from beginner to degree level - covering the design and building of marine craft, marine engineering and crewing or skippering boats. Practical boatbuilding skills using wood, steel and modern composites are complemented by advanced computerized design skills at MITEC Marine Technology Center.


MITEC is located on the quayside in Milford Haven. The Milford Haven waterway is world renowned for its deep sheltered waters and this makes the area popular for both commercial and pleasure vessels. Pembrokeshire is home to two leading boat manufacturers (Dale Nelson and Mustang Marine / Ocean Dynamics), as well as many ancillary industries such as repair yards, a sail loft, a dry-dock, two large marinas and various specialized marine engineering companies. Milford Haven is easily reached by road, rail or sea and MITEC is just 200 meters from the railway station.

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Training Programs




Marine Full Time Programs

  • Level 2 Marine Engineering (City & Guilds) (1 year full time): This course is intended for students wishing to join the engineering side of the marine industry. Through a series of practical tasks and lectures, it will provide you with a sound understanding of marine engineering craft processes, an appreciation of related science and technology and an introduction into the marine craft industry. This represents the first year of a 2 year program, although it can be completed as a stand-alone entity. This program leads directly onto the City & Guilds 2463 Level 3 Marine Engineering qualification.
  • Level 3 Marine Engineering (City & Guilds) (1 year full time): The course is approximately 60/40 practical to theory on structure. The workshop session will entail a full strip and rebuild of a multi-cylinder marine diesel engine and transmission in addition to the installation of ancillary marine services. The theory sessions cover a wide range of topics with the main components being vessel and marine technology which comprises around 70% of that section. On completion of this course, students could progress to careers in leisure marine both ashore and afloat as well as apprenticeships including local marine business and the RNLI.

Marine Apprenticeship Programs

  • NVQ Level 2 Marine Engineering (1 year Part time - Apprenticeship): The NVQ is made up of mandatory and optional units to allow learners to tailor the qualification to suit their job role and experience. There are a large variety of different pathways and optional units within this qualification. Candidates must be in full time relevant employment and be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge to a required standard.
  • NVQ Level 2 Port Operations (1 year Part time - Apprenticeship): The primary objective of this qualification is to contribute to the development of practicing or aspiring Port Operations as a whole. This may be achieved by integrating the NVQ into the organizations models which is for personal and business development recognizing the competence of the people who make up the organizations Port Operations at various levels. Candidates must be in full time relevant employment and be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge to a required standard.
  • NVQ Level 3 Marine Engineering (1 year Part time - Apprenticeship): This qualification is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). It involves the skills and knowledge needed for occupations in marine engineering, the ability to organize work and identify and prevent problems. Candidates must be in full time relevant employment.

MCA Courses

  • MCA Approved Engine Maintenance (30 hours part time): The objective of this course is to provide students with the basic theoretical knowledge and some practical hands on experience of marine engines to enable them to meet the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice for: The Safety for Large Commercial Sailing & Motor Vessels; The Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels and The Safety of Small Workboats & Pilot Boats.

RYA Courses