Both courses are 5 days duration and each runs Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5pm (approx)
What is the MCA AEC1 and who is it for?
The MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC1), is designed to teach crew the basics of marine diesel engines, associated systems and important surrounding issues. This course takes you from ‘entry level’ beginners knowledge up to a point where you can confidently manage and look after a diesel engine on a maritime vessel.
The course is a good mix of hands-on practical learning as well as classroom theory tuition. Led by a highly experienced marine engineer, this course is as engaging and interactive as it is informative.
The AEC1 is the first step for anyone wanting to pursue an engineering career for those with no formal marine engineering qualifications, or for boat owners or skippers who wish to deepen their engineering skills.
What is the MCA AEC2 and who is it for?
The Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2) leads on from the foundations laid and knowledge learned in the Approved Engine Course 1 (AEC1). The course develops your learning through a good mix of theory and hands-on practical training and runs over 5 days (35 hours). The AEC2 course is taught by one of our highly skilled marine engineers, who will be able to not only take you through the course syllabus but also illustrate your learning with examples and tips from their real-life experience.
The AEC2 course is ideal for owners and operators of, and a range of personnel on, small vessels, be they commercial Crew Transfer Vessels and tug boats, private pleasure vessels such as yachts or superyachts, and more. It opens up the opportunity to work in a dual deck/engineer role as well as as a small vessel engineer. It will also help enable you to work as an engineer on board a Small Vessel* and to follow the Small
Vessel engineering career progression path: This course forms a core part of the second officer qualification for small vessels less than 3000 gross tonnes/under 9000 kW. It is a core requirement for your Small Vessel CoC.
*MCA Small Vessel (Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels)
Once combined with your AEC1 course, the Approved Engine Course 2 certificate contributes to an MCA Marine Engine Operators Licence (MEOL), a required qualification for Chief Engineers on UK flagged vessels.