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MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC)

Falmouth Marine School | Cornwall College Business Falmouth LEVEL: Professional Qualification Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding

The MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) will develop your understanding of basic marine diesel engines, their ancillary systems and will provide an overview of marine electrical systems.

The course is intended as the first level qualification for the MCA Engineering Officer Training scheme and it can be the first step towards an engineering career within the commercial marine sector. The AEC is also intended for seafarers who are required through manning requirements to hold an engineering qualification and aids placements within the superyacht industry.

Course cost: £570

Please note – course cost will need to be paid at the time of booking.



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Ideal if:

You have a sound knowledge and understanding of English and a general understanding in some area of engineering.

You’ll need:

Applicants must be 18 years old or over on the date of certification and have a sound knowledge of English and a general understanding in some area of engineering.

If you have no previous engineering experience we would advise that you attend an RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance course before enrolling to this course, however our engineering staff will be able to advise you on application.

All equipment to complete the course will be provided; learners are required to bring their own overalls and safety shoes/ boots.

You’ll learn:

The programme of learning will give you the opportunity to enhance your employment prospects in various sectors of the marine industry e.g.

  • Super yacht industry
  • Small Commercial vessels <3000T
  • Marine support vessels (offshore wind farms)
  • Private yacht owners
  • Harbour authorities
  • Marina operations

For those already in employment within these sectors the programme will give the knowledge and qualification for those who wish to develop and enhance their employment prospects within the marine engineering sector within an extremely competitive market place.

The programme includes practical sessions as well as all of the theory requirements and will cover:

  • Principles of two and four stroke engine operation
  • The role of air in the combustion process
  • The cooling system
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Hull fittings
  • Safe working practices
  • MARPOL Regulations
  • Construction of engines
  • The fuel system
  • The lubrication system
  • Power transmission
  • Fault finding and rectification
  • Marine gas installations


The course is delivered from the Marine Engineering facilities at Falmouth Marine School and instruction is delivered by experienced Marine Engineering lecturers.

A Course Completion Certificate will be awarded on completion providing you have attended for the full programme of learning and demonstrated sufficient proficiency within the practical sessions. MCA Approved Engine Certificate from Falmouth Marine School.

You’ll love:

Having the opportunity to work on an extensive range of engines, equipment and facilities.

You’ll go on to:

Qualifying for the certificate will enable you to apply for a position as a trainee engineering watch keeper on board a sea going vessel and is an appropriate route to gaining further qualifications such as the Marine Engineering Operators License (MEOL), Senior Marine Engineering Operators License (SMEOL) and then to a position as a Second/First Engineering Officer.

Please note that if you are looking to work on vessels over 24 metres you will be required to hold the STCW Basic Safety Training qualification, further details are available.

You will also have to apply to your doctor and pass examination for the ENG1 (medical fitness certificate).


Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding
Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding


MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC)

Start Date

This course is offered throughout the year, please contact us for the latest start dates.




4 days

Extra Information

Evening classes are available - please contact us for further information.

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