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Marine Engineering/Engine Courses and Apprenticeships & MCA/RYA Approved Short Courses

pembrokeshire college

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.

pembrokeshire college campus

Training Programs


Marine Full-time Programs

  • Marine Engineering Level 2 &3 - City & Guilds Technical Certificate 2463 Part 1 and 2 (2 years 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 a sound understanding of marine engineering craft processes, an appreciation of related science and technology and an introduction into the marine craft industry.

Marine Work Based Courses

  • NVQ Port Operations Level 2: 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.
  • Marine Engineering NVQ Level 2 & 3: 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. NVQs are based on national occupational standards, which the learner must meet to be competent in a particular task. The achievement of NVQs will encourage an employee to value their contribution to the workplace, and it will develop their skills and potential within the marine engineering field.

Marine Apprenticeships (Part-time)

  • Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering / Level 3 Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering  (up to 2 years each): This course is suitable for students to gain marine engineering skills such as Mechanical Installation and maintenance activities which are associated with marine construction, service and repair.

Marine Engineering Part Time Programs

  • Inboard Engine Maintenance: The prime objective of this course is to teach individuals the basic skills of marine engine maintenance. The course is programmed for two hours per week over eight weeks.
  • Marine Electrics Certificate: Two-day course for marine electricians, boat owners and skippers to understand best practice for correct, component selection for the protection of equipment, personal and cables. Understand the requirements of the International Standard and MGN 280 and the Recreational Craft Directive.
  • Outboard Engine Maintenance: The prime objective of this course is to teach individuals the basic skills of marine engine maintenance. The course is programmed for two hours per week over eight weeks.
  • Approved Engine Course (MCA): 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 (Part-time)

  • RYA Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate

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