Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 2845dipts

Marine Engineering Diploma Program

Note: This program has been restructured. Students in intakes 13 through 15 will continue with their present program until completion.

For all future intakes, please visit the new Diploma in Marine Engineering webpage for program information.

The marine industry depends on the services of internationally certified Marine Engineers. These professionals are trained in the operation and maintenance of the propulsion plant and other machinery systems found in all oceangoing ships. A Marine Engineer is responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of the vessel's propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems. The main activities of the Marine Engineer include:

  • conducting daily watchkeeping duties,
  • repairing machinery systems, and
  • planning and performing long-term machinery maintenance schedules.

Marine Engineers carry out these duties in full compliance with international standards with regards to operational safety and ocean pollution prevention.

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The Program

The Diploma in Marine Engineering Co-operative Education program provides you with a solid background in the principles of construction, operation and maintenance of diesel engine propulsion plants on ships.

This Transport Canada accredited 4-year diploma program begins in September each year and consists of 4 terms of classroom instruction interspersed with 3 co-op terms. You will be given assistance to find suitable employment throughout your cooperative training period to obtain your Certificate of Competency.

Upon obtaining your Transport Canada Certificate of Competency, you have a good chance of being employed as a licensed Marine Engineer on merchant ships worldwide. Co-op placements typically end up being permanent positions because many of the co-op employers seek lifetime employees. However, getting initial sea-time requires flexibility and willingness to relocate.

Standard BCIT policies in regard to make-up exams apply to this program.

Program Entry

Apply to program

Note: This program has been restructured. Students in intakes 13 through 15 will continue with their present program until completion.

For all future intakes, please visit the new Diploma in Marine Engineering webpage for program information.

Costs & Supplies

For information on textbooks, please contact the BCIT Bookstore at 604-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Required Book Estimates: Optional Book Estimates:
First Year: $750-$950 $400-$500
Second Year: $300-$400 $600-$700
Third Year: $500-$600 $100-$200
Fourth Year: $500-$600 $0-$100

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

For more information on textbooks, please contact the BCIT Bookstore at 604-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Supplies: Cadets must acquire drawing instruments, a scientific calculator and stationary supplies as required. Coveralls, sight and hearing protection and safety boots, worn during the training exercises, are the responsibility of the Cadets.

Uniforms: Cadets are required to purchase uniforms from an approved supplier to be worn while in class. Depending on quantity and size, the total cost for uniforms during the first year is between $250 and $350.

Documentation: Throughout the duration of the program, students are required to maintain official documentation such as Transport Canada Medicals, passports, and other company specific requests for the co-operative sea phase terms, that are subject to additional fees.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0830–1600, Monday through Friday

Evening classes may be required.

Program matrix

First Year (49 weeks) Credits
  DEMX 1101 Solve Mathematical Problems 2.0
  DEMX 1102 Describe and Use Safe Work Practices 2.0
  DEMX 1103 Technical Communications 1.0
  DEMX 1104 Apply Science Concepts 2.0
  DEMX 1107 Mechanic's Hand/Measuring Tool 1.0
  DEMX 1109 Service Hydraulic Systems 1.0
  DEMX 1116 Service Engine Support Systems 9.0
  DEMX 1117 Electrical Systems/Components 10.0
  DEMX 1119 Describe Diesel Fuel Systems 2.0
  MEDI 1500 Basic Safety Training 3.0
  MEDI 1800 Survival Craft 2.0
  MEOC 1170 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) 2.0
  MEOC 1175 Applied Engineering Sciences 1 4.0
  MEPS 1005 Start, Run, Shutdown Marine Equipment 2.0
  MEPS 1008 Describe and Use Mechanics/Machinist Power Tools 7.5
  MEPS 1010 Oxyacetylene Welding for Marine Engineers 4.0
  MEPS 1011 Arc Welding for Marine Engineers 4.0
  MEPS 1012 Lifting, Blocking and Basic Seamanship 1.5
  MEPS 1013 Describe Marine Internal Combustion Engines 2.0
  MEPS 1014 Service Marine Cylinder Block Assemblies 8.5
  MEPS 1018 Describe Emissions, CFC Regulations and the Refrigeration Process 2.5
  MEPS 1020 Service Marine Diesel Fuel Systems 8.0
  MEPS 1021 Troubleshoot Marine Diesel Engines 4.0
  MEPS 1022 Describe and Service Marine Gears 2.0
  MEPS 1023 Introduction to Marine Electronic Fuel Systems 2.0
  MEPS 1100 BCIT MEPS Orientation 0.5
  MERS 1025 Introduction to Ship's Machinery Systems 2.0
  MSSM 1200 Marine Advanced First Aid Revised 2.0
  MSSM 1600 Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training 4.0
 
First Year Co-op (27 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1990 Co-operative Training 1 36.0
 
Second Year (24 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1100 Applied Mechanics 1 6.0
  MEOC 1102 Chemistry 4.0
  MEOC 1105 Applied Engineering Communications 2.0
  MEOC 1110 Materials 1 3.0
  MEOC 1114 Naval Architecture - Construction 1 3.0
  MEOC 1115 Naval Architecture - Hydrostatics 1 3.0
  MEOC 1125 Applied Engineering Mathematics 1 6.0
  MEOC 1130 Electrotechnology 1 5.0
  MEOC 1150 Thermodynamics 1 4.0
  MEOC 1160 Blueprint Reading 1 4.0
  MEOC 1180 Marine Power Systems 1 5.0
  MERS 1050 Propulsion Plant Simulator 2.0
 
Second Year Co-op (27 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 2990 Co-operative Training 2 36.0
 
Third Year (23 weeks) Credits
  MEDI 1060 Marine Emergency Duties D Senior Officer Certification 1.0
  MEDI 2500 Advanced Fire Fighting Officer Certification 2.5
  MEOC 1090 Ship Management / ISM 1 3.0
  MEOC 1120 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 1 2.0
  MEOC 1140 Automation and Controls 1 5.0
  MEOC 2100 Applied Mechanics 2 5.0
  MEOC 2110 Materials 2 3.0
  MEOC 2114 Naval Architecture - Construction 2 2.0
  MEOC 2115 Naval Architecture - Hydrostatics 2 3.0
  MEOC 2130 Electrotechnology 2 5.0
  MEOC 2151 M/E Thermodynamics 2 5.0
  MEOC 2180 Marine Power Systems 2 5.0
  MERS 1075 Propulsion Plant Simulator Cadet Level 1 4.0
 
Third Year Co-op (27 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 3990 Co-operative Training 3 36.0
 
Fourth Year (23 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 2091 M/E Ship Management / ISM 2 2.0
  MEOC 2120 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2 2.0
  MEOC 2125 Applied Engineering Mathematics 2 3.0
  MEOC 2141 M/E Automation and Controls 2 3.0
  MEOC 2161 M/E Blueprint Reading 2 4.0
  MEOC 2175 Applied Engineering Sciences 2 4.0
  MEOC 3100 Applied Mechanics 3 5.0
  MEOC 3114 Naval Architecture - Construction 3 3.0
  MEOC 3115 Naval Architecture - Hydrodynamics 3 4.0
  MEOC 3130 Electrotechnology 3 5.0
  MEOC 3150 Thermodynamics 3 5.0
  MEOC 3180 Marine Power Systems 3 5.0
 
Total Credits: 343.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Four years, full-time

Program location

Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC

The majority of classes take place at the BCIT Marine Campus; however, some courses may be taken offsite at locations such as the Justice Institute Fire and Safety Training Centre in Maple Ridge, BC.

Program structure

School Co-op Terms
First Year Term 1 (Sept-Aug) Term 2 (Jul-Feb)
Second Year Term 3 (Feb-Aug) Term 4 (Jul-Feb)
Third Year Term 5 (Feb-Aug) Term 6 (Jul-Feb)
Fourth Year Term 7 (Feb-July)

Graduating & Jobs

Career Overview

A Marine Engineer is responsible for all mechanical, electrical and structural aspects of the ship, from main engines to auxiliary systems. Cadets are trained in the operation and maintenance of the propulsion plant and other machinery systems found in all ocean-going ships ranging from super tankers to cruise ships, bulk carriers, cargo ships and support vessels. These skills could be readily applied during sea phases in Canada, Asia, Western Europe, Australia, South America and more.

Lifestyle & Nature of Work

The marine industry requires its Cadets and Officers to be at sea operating in nearly every ocean, aboard a variety of vessels. Depending on the schedule of the shipping company, a Marine Engineering Officer or Cadet can be away from home for months at a time. The work conditions can be demanding, however, there are opportunities to meet crew members and travel around the world.

Salary Ranges

Salaries are dependent on the type of employer and the company’s nationality. Cadets may earn between US $500 and $1,300 per month until they become Officers, where they may earn anywhere between US $5,000 and $10,000 per month.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

You will receive a Marine Engineering Diploma from BCIT upon successful completion of all academic subjects and completion of 18 months sea time, six of which must be as a watchkeeper.

Please contact BMC Student Records at 604-453-4100 to request your Diploma or 4 year Transport Canada training certificate.

Contact Us

BCIT Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
Canada
V7M 1A5

Phone: 604-453-4100
Fax: 604-453-2862

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