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Marine Engineering Diploma Program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Meet one of the Grads!

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.

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

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 30th*

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait list from year to year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Related experience

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

*This program has a mandatory uniform policy in which Cadets and Officers are required to wear a uniform while in class.

Individuals who have completed a diesel mechanic program may be eligible for credit toward a portion of the first year of their studies. Please contact the Associate Dean or Chief Instructor, Marine Engineering for more information on direct entry applications.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI). Interviews will be conducted in the month of April and selections made in May.

Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Note: Acceptance into the program does not constitute a guarantee by BCIT that a shipping company will provide a berth for the co-op terms. BCIT will assist cadets with the coordination of requirements for sea terms.

Continuation requirements

  • Students must successfully complete all courses in the program within 7 years from the start of the program

  • Students enrolling in Term 7 must have their Transport Canada 4th Class Marine Engineering Certificate (Motor or Steam)

  • A 3 year completion letter will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 5 of the program

  • A 4 year training certificate will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 7 of the program

  • The BCIT Diploma will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 7 of the program and 18 months sea service with a minimum of 6 months as an Engineering Officer of the Watch

Recommended for success

  • Completion of Physics 11 (higher levels recommended)

Re-admission Requirements

Students re-applying to the Marine Engineering Diploma Program (for example, student has withdrawn from the program and is now re-applying to the next intake) may not be allowed to do so. This is due to the limitations of simulator and laboratory capacity. Students are strongly advised to remain with their initial intake. Contact the Chief Instructor if you wish to go off schedule to determine if there is an available seat in the next intake. Requests will be handled on a first come, first serve basis prioritized by re-admission application date with the BCIT Admissions office. Final acceptance may not be determined until the first day of the term and is subject to meeting all entry requirements.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

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 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 delivery

Note: The Marine Engineering program matrix has been revised effective for the September 2013 intake. The revised matrix is listed below. Current students whose program commenced prior to September 2013, please refer to the previous matrix [PDF].

Program matrix

First Year - Term 1 (45 weeks) Credits
  MEDI 1510 STCW Basic Safety 3.0
  MEDI 1810 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft 2.0
  MEOC 1200 Basic Engineering Sciences 4.0
  MEOC 1201 Communication/Maritime English 2.0
  MEOC 1202 Electrical Technology 1 7.0
  MEOC 1203 Engineering Knowledge 1 11.0
  MEOC 1204 Industrial Chemistry 3.0
  MEOC 1205 Maintenance and Repair of Auxiliary Machinery 8.0
  MEOC 1206 Introduction to Logic Circuits 3.0
  MEOC 1207 Mathematics 7.0
  MEOC 1208 Materials 3.0
  MEOC 1209 Ship Construction 2.0
  MEOC 1210 Technical Drawing 6.0
  MEOC 1211 Skills Training 19.0
  MERS 1025 Introduction to Ship's Machinery Systems 2.0
  MSEC 1010 Ship Security Officer Revised 1.5
  MSSM 1200 Marine Advanced First Aid Revised 2.0
  MSSM 1600 Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training 4.0
 
First Year Co-op - Term 2 (26 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1991 Co-operative Training 1 35.0
 
Second Year - Term 3 (23 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1212 Applied Mechanics 1 5.0
  MEOC 1213 Automation and Controls 1 3.0
  MEOC 1214 Maintenance and Repair of Diesel Engines 6.0
  MEOC 1215 Naval Architecture 1 4.0
  MEOC 1216 Thermodynamics 1 6.0
  MEOC 2202 Electrical Technology 2 6.0
  MEOC 2203 Engineering Knowledge 2 13.0
  MERS 1050 Propulsion Plant Simulator 2.0
 
Second Year Co-op - Term 4 (28 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 2991 Co-operative Training 2 37.0
 
Third Year - Term 5 (24 weeks) Credits
  MEDI 1060 Marine Emergency Duties D Senior Officer Certification 1.0
  MEDI 2500 Advanced Fire Fighting Officer Certification 2.5
  MEOC 1217 Marine Law and Ships Business 1 4.0
  MEOC 1220 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2.0
  MEOC 1221 Leadership and Teamwork 2.0
  MEOC 2209 Ship Construction 2 3.0
  MEOC 2213 Automation and Controls 2 5.0
  MEOC 2215 Naval Architecture 2 4.0
  MEOC 2216 Thermodynamics 2 3.0
  MEOC 3202 Electrical Technology 3 6.0
  MEOC 3203 Engineering Knowledge 3 10.0
  MERS 1075 Propulsion Plant Simulator Cadet Level 1 4.0
 
Third Year Co-op - Term 6 (27 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 3991 Co-operative Training 3 36.0
 
Fourth Year - Term 7 (26 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1219 Engine Room Resource Managment 6.0
  MEOC 2212 Applied Mechanics 2 6.0
  MEOC 2217 Marine Law and Ships Business 2 4.0
  MEOC 3213 Automation and Controls 3 9.0
  MEOC 3215 Naval Architecture 3 4.0
  MEOC 3216 Thermodynamics 3 6.0
  MEOC 4202 Electrical Technology 4 11.0
  MEOC 4203 Engineering Knowledge 4 6.0
 
Total Credits: 341.0

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-July) Term 2 (July-Jan)
Second Year Term 3 (Jan-June) Term 4 (June-Jan)
Third Year Term 5 (Jan-June) Term 6 (June-Jan)
Fourth Year Term 7 (Jan-June)

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 BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Apply for graduation

You will receive a Diploma in Marine Engineering 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. Students will be required to complete an Application for a BCIT Credential [PDF].

Contact Us

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

Phone: 604-453-4100
Fax: 604-985-2862

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