Small Vessel Second Engineer - Marine Diesel Engineering

About this course

This course forms part of the new second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9000kW and less than 3,000GT (unlimited area).

The certification now covers new and experienced crew who wish to move into the small vessel environment as engineers. A CoC gained through this route will be transferable between the following industries:

  • Fishing vessels
  • Superyachts
  • Tugs
  • Workboats
  • Standby
  • Seismic survey
  • Oceanographic research vessels
  • Government patrol vessels

Further information about this new pathway can be found in MIN 524.

Course content

The course and exam covers engine working principles, turbochargers, engine operation and maintenance, engine safety devices and governors, clutches and gearboxes, fuel supply systems, fuel characteristics and treatment, cooling water systems, engine starting systems, and engine construction.

Further information

See our small vessel engineer FAQs and our engineer officer progression chart for more information.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching as part of Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering. Gain enormous benefits from the expertise of our dedicated maritime lecturers, many of whom are ex-seafarers with either commercial or superyacht experience up to Chief Engineer (Unlimited) status.

Pre-course preparation

This course is based on lecturer led learning and revision, followed by an exam on the afternoon of the final day. A full set of study notes is provided on application and six weeks’ preparatory study must be undertaken before starting the course.

On application, you will receive a website link and an access code - this will give you access to our teaching packs. These include course notes, past questions and other teaching materials which can be downloaded as a pdf for easy reading on laptops and mobile devices.

We strongly recommend you undertake at least six weeks' pre-study of our teaching packs before starting the course. Your week with us is essentially a revision week before the exam on the Friday.

Course start dates

21 October 2019
3 February 2020
11 May 2020

Book this course online on the Warsash Maritime Academy website

Course delivery location - Southampton

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information onwhere to report when you arrive. 

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How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.


Course information





Teaching methods

Lecturer-led study and revision.


Delegates should have completed the AEC1 and 2 and must be over 18.

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