Do you see yourself working on the largest engines in the world crossing the seas as a Chief Engineer of a cruise ship or oil tanker? This program is your first step towards a career as a Chief Engineer in the commercial marine industry.
Marine Engineers are trained in the efficient operation and maintenance of the propulsion plant and other machinery systems found in all oceangoing ships. The main responsibilities include:
This Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) accredited program provides graduates with a solid background in the principles of construction, operation and maintenance of diesel propulsion plants on a variety of ships.
The Canadian marine industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified Marine Engineering officers; and thus, making Marine Engineering one of the most in-demand professions in Canada. With over 95% of BCIT Marine Engineering graduates employed, there are plenty of employment opportunities available.
The Marine Engineering diploma program is a four-year cadet Co-operative program. BCIT Marine Engineering students (Cadets) are trained in all mechanical, electrical, and structural aspects of ships; from main engines to auxiliary systems found in all ocean-going vessels ranging from super tankers to cruise ships, cargo ships, and more.
This program is designed to provide hands-on, theoretical, and technical knowledge in the following areas:
Upon successful completion of the third year, you will be eligible to write the Transport Canada examination for the Fourth Class Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency. This certification will allow you to work as a qualified Marine Engineering Officer on any commercial vessel of any size worldwide. Upon successful completion of your fourth year, you will receive exemptions towards higher Certificates of Competency on your path towards becoming a Chief Engineer.
Learn more about Transport Canada exemptions in the Marine Engineering program.
Applications accepted October 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.
Apply early; don’t wait for the deadline. This will allow you time to upgrade if needed.
Competitive Entry: Two-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements
*This program has a mandatory uniform policy in which Cadets are required to wear a uniform while in class and at external industry functions.
Individuals who have completed a diesel mechanic program may be eligible for credit toward a portion of the first year of the ME Cadet program. Please contact the Associate Dean or Chief Instructor, Marine Engineering Cadet program for more information.
Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants
All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. All applicants will be contacted for the following:
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 co-op terms.
To submit your application:
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Ready to submit your application? Apply now.
If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry.
Contact BCIT Marine Campus Admissions at 604-453-4100 for more information.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
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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 may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
0830–1545, Monday to Friday.
Evening classes may be required.
|First Year - Term 1 (48 weeks)||Credits|
STCW Basic Safety
The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers provides standards regarding emergency, occupational safety, and survival. The course provides these standards to meet minimum requirements for familiarization, basic safety, fire fighting, and survival in emergency situations, and the syllabus is in compliance with TP 4957, December 2016. Prerequisite: A valid Seafarers Medical or completed Medical Clearance form. 16 years of age or older. http://www.bcit.ca/files/transportation/pdf/marine/form_medical_clearance.pdf
STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft
This course teaches orderly abandonment of a vessel in an emergency situation; clearing the vessel; proper and effective use of equipment; and coordinating survival activities during rescue operation. The course is designed for certificated officers and for certificated ratings. Such personnel are required to complete a comprehensive MED training program of which Survival Craft is one component. This course meets the requirements of Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Convention Specification of the minimum standard of competence in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats. Prerequisite: Minimum of 16 years of age and must hold a valid MED A1, MED A2, or STCW Basic Safety training certificate.
Orientation to Marine Engineering
Students are to become familiar with BMC policy, procedures, and the roles of key figures. They will be able to effectively understand Co-op employment procedures, and be prepared to apply for a Co-op job by having the ability to write cover letters and a resume. Students will also be given the skills to conduct an effective job interview. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Basic Engineering Sciences
This course fosters an understanding of the basic principles of engineering science that later will be taught separately about: thermodynamics, mechanical science, and electrotechnology. The course will introduce the student to the SI units and explain: mass, volume, density, statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy, work, power, fluids, and heat. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Students will get a comprehensive understanding of the wide range and types of communications existing in the maritime world. Strong emphasis is placed on developing the students’ abilities to produce written work that is accurate, brief, and clear. Barriers to proper communications will be identified. Students will do progressive in-class writing assignments and give an oral presentation to the class. They will also prepare for and attend a business meeting. Communications covered by regulatory and legal authorities will be reviewed and structure of CSA-2001, TC Publications, basic ISM programs, and required shipboard certificates will be taught to the students. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Electrical Technology 1
This introductory course in electrotechnology focuses on direct current circuit analysis and safety procedures to be followed while working near electrical equipment on board vessels. It combines circuit theory with practical laboratory experiments to reinforce theory and develop an analytical approach to problem solving. Students will build circuits in the lab and use test instruments to measure voltage, current, and power. Ship’s one-line electrical schematic drawing showing the sequence of events which occur during a blackout to enable students understand how emergency generator and transitional batteries are connected to emergency switchboard. The care and maintenance of lead acid and alkaline batteries, safe working practices while working on or near batteries on board ship. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Engineering Knowledge 1
Students will be given an introduction to Marine Engineering, confined space entry, firefighting, watch keeping, pollution regulations, and ship’s engine room arrangements. They will also be introduced to the ship’s auxiliaries including: pumps, pumping systems, boilers, air compressors, oil purification equipment, water makers, refrigeration, hydraulics, steering gear, and deck machinery. An explanation of marine diesel engine cycles, heat balance, performance measuring characteristics, and timing diagrams will be given. Structural differences between medium and slow speed marine diesel propulsion engines will be described. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of chemistry and shown how it provides the foundation and understanding of its application in the marine industry. They will acquire an understanding of electronic structure, bonding of atoms and molecules, as well as introducing the student to the periodic scale. The course will cover the chemical structure of water and explain alkalinity/acidity and pH. Methods of water treatment in boilers and cooling water will be covered. Further, the fundamental process of corrosion will be in investigated. Finally an introduction to the chemical attributes of fuels and lubricants and their various forms of testing will be studied. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Maintenance and Repair of Auxiliary Machinery
This course will ensure that the students follow procedures and safe practices while starting, operating, shutting down, and overhauling all auxiliary machinery on the ships. There are three components to the course, first is classroom instruction, second is the computer simulation of auxiliary machinery and systems, and third is the actual operation and maintenance of auxiliary machinery in the workshop. The students will also acquire the practical knowledge in overhauling of various types of pumps, centrifugal purifiers, air compressors, fresh water generators, and marine gears by following the instructions in the manufacturer’s manuals. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Introduction to Logic Circuits
This is an introductory course in digital logic. The course covers common logic gates and Boolean algebra applied to logic circuits. Students will build and test logic circuits using CMOS gates to implement control functions, build digital counters, shift registers, JK Flip Flop, and the 555 timer circuit. Students will use an oscilloscope to display and capture waveforms. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
This course will give students a strong foundation of basic math skills, concepts, vocabulary, and problem-solving strategies. Topics covered would be positive negative integers, ratio, rate, proportion, percent equivalents, indices, support topics from algebra, analytical geometry, trigonometry, logarithms, exponential functions, graphing, mensuration of common geometric shapes, and introductory calculus. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
The course will provide an overview of the properties of engineering materials used on ships. Topics covered will include the following: extraction of major metals from their ores, manufacturing of iron and steel, a review of alloy structures, identifying and selecting metals for shipboard applications, modifying the properties of ferrous metals and aluminum alloys by heat treatment, surface hardening of steels, mechanical properties and testing of metals including non-destructive tests, and the properties and applications of plastics and ceramics in marine engineering. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
The Ship Construction 1 course covers the following topics: General arrangement of the main commercial ship types showing major structures: holds, tanks, bulkheads, cargo, and engine spaces; Definition and illustration of terminology related to ship structures and ship dimensioning; Bending stresses imposed on a ship in a seaway and the effect of stresses on ship structures; Stresses on ship structures caused by liquid in tanks; Localized loading on ship structures in a seaway and in dry-dock; Calculation of hydrostatic pressure on tank structures due to a head of liquid; Entering of input data in stress calculation software and use of output data obtained; Torsion stresses on container ships; Construction of BM and SF diagrams and extraction of relevant data from these diagrams; Ship structural corrosion and methods to minimize corrosion; Ship structure identification from drawings, materials used, standard structural sections, framing systems, double bottoms, duct keels, holds and hold drainage, ship’s side plating, stress concentration at hatch openings, deck freeing arrangements, connections of superstructures to hull at ship’s side, plane bulkhead structures, corrugated bulkheads, and their hull connections and bilge keels. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
The course is divided into two sections: (i) Interpretation of Machinery Drawing and Handbooks/Marine Engineering Drawing and Design and (ii) Technical Communication for Design. In Section (i) the student is introduced to the various types of drawings: general arrangement, assembly, component and pictorial drawings, linework, and projections including isometric and oblique projections. Interpretation of dimensioning and geometric tolerance symbols, based on ISO standards is also covered, and the students will use the reference tables to calculate standard limits and fits. The student would make various engineering drawings employing the conventions and engineering drawing practice. Interpretation of piping, hydraulic, and pneumatic diagrams would also be covered. In Section (ii) the student would learn the basics of the AutoCAD software to be able to make drawings in 2D, orthographic projection in 1st and/or 3rd angle to produce working drawings of assemblies and components of marine machinery. Interpretation of block, logic systems, flow diagrams, general arrangement, machinery, and equipment drawings applicable to marine systems would also be covered. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
The course will ensure that students learn the safe use and care of all common hand tools, power tools, and fasteners found on board ships. This will be accomplished through the completion of bench and machine fitting projects. Also, the basic process and techniques of welding, cutting, and brazing would be covered so that students can use these acquired skills to carry out maintenance and repair work required on the ship. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Introduction to Ship's Machinery Systems
This course using the Propulsion Plant simulator will provide students with the knowledge and practical operational skills to understand the general machinery layout and read machinery system schematics to independently line up the following systems in preparation for start up: Sea Water Cooling, Compressed Air, Fresh Water, Bilge and Ballast, Lubrication Oil, Fuel, Portable Water and Engine Room Fresh Water Service, Sewage, Fuel and Lubrication Oil Filling and Transfer. The students will demonstrate starting all the ship's machinery in preparation for sailing. Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Ship Security Officer Revised
The course content is based upon the IMO Model Course, ISPS Code, the Marine Transportation Security Regulations, Transport Canada's Marine Security requirements and guidelines for a Ship Security Officer. The techniques and skills required to address the qualifications and duties of Ship (Vessel) Security Officer: (a) the security of a ship, (b) implementing and maintenance of a ship security plan, and (c) liaising with a Company Security Officer (CSO) and a Port (Marine) Facility Officer (PFSO/MFSO), will be provided. Emphasis is placed on awareness of terrorist threats and methods of operation as well as obtaining current intelligence, threat assessments, and the importance of training and vigilance. The course provides reference to the pertinent Acts, Regulations, Codes, International Resolutions, Administrative Guides, and Industry Standards to be in compliance with the ISPS Code and Transport Canada Marine Security's requirements. Prerequisite: The student must be 18 years of age or older; and has at least 12 months of sea time via confirmation from the Marine Safety Directorate of TC; and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Must provide at least one piece of ID as per Transport Canada's requirements.
Marine Basic First Aid
This 2-day course meets Transport Canada first aid requirements for Marine Basic first aid and includes AED. Prerequisite: 16 years of age
Marine Advanced First Aid Revised
This certification course has been developed to meet Transport Canada requirements for Marine Advanced First Aid. Every seafarer who is designated to apply immediate advanced first aid in the event of an accident or illness on board must demonstrate competence to undertake the tasks, duties, and responsibilities as described: immediate action; first aid kits; body structure and function; toxicological hazards aboard ship; examination of the patient; spinal injuries; burns, scalds, and effects of heat and cold; fractures, dislocations, and muscular injuries; medical care of rescued persons, including distress, hypothermia, and cold exposure; radio medical advice; pharmacology; sterilization; cardiac arrest, drowning, and asphyxia; psychological and psychiatric problems; and patient assessment. Prerequisite: Marine Basic First Aid. Participants must be 16 years of age and older. Pre-reading and picture ID required.
Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training
This course familiarizes you with basic design of oil and chemical tankers and their cargo handling systems. The contents of the course covers safe operating procedures on board oil and chemical tankers, as well as the hazards involved in the handling and carriage of crude oil, petroleum products, and chemical cargoes. There is a practical component to this course for enclosed space rescue. Practical training will be conducted at Dynamic Rescue Facility. Prerequisite: MED with respect to STCW Basic Safety. Copies of prerequisites are to be submitted to the course instructor on the first day of the course.
|First Year Co-op - Term 2 (26 weeks)||Credits|
Co-operative Training 1
Cooperative Education (Co-op) integrates relevant work experience (Sea Phases) within the academic program of the Marine Engineering Diploma program. Cadets alternate between periods of academic study and Sea Phases to enhance the educational experience, all the while meeting the requirements of Transport Canada. Sea Phases are conducted with reputable companies. The Co-op Coordinator considers tonnage and propulsion plant size. Cadets will have attended an orientation to the program and a briefing just prior to commencing the sea phase. During the sea phase, Cadets are monitored by the Cadet office. Prerequisites: STCW Basic Safety, STCW Survival Craft, and Marine Advanced First Aid.
|Second Year - Term 3 (25 weeks)||Credits|
Applied Mechanics 1
This course consists of lectures directed at solving applied engineering prolems in kinematics, dynamics, power and energy, centripetal forces, friction, moments, stress, and strain. Finally, some problems in hydraulic lifting machines will be solved. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
Automation and Controls 1
This course introduces the student to basic control engineering, instrumentation systems, and the measurement of process values including temperature, pressure, level, flow, and other general measurement processes. It also includes an introduction to the transmission of signals as it applies to marine controls. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
Maintenance and Repair of Diesel Engines
This course will introduce the student to engine construction and rebuilding techniques and procedures. The students will be assigned an operational engine which they will disassemble and diagnose all components, produce a parts requisition, and report on component and engine condition. The students would then reassemble the engine using proper procedures and techniques. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
Naval Architecture 1
Students will learn the effect of hydrostatics related to flotation and ship stability, hull coefficients, and centre of pressure. They will also study the effect of a change in the ship’s displacement on its centre of gravity, load diagram and centre of pressure, Archimedes’ principle and laws of flotation, coefficient of form, calculation of area and volume for ship structure using Simpson’s rules. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
This course is an introduction to applied thermodynamics. Topics include a review of units used to describe the state of a thermodynamic system: pressure, temperature, volume, and energy; differentiating between absolute and specific quantities and intensive and extensive values. Following this is a description of various thermodynamic energy states such as internal energy, enthalpy, potential energy, kinetic energy, and the associated heat and work transfers. This is followed by calculations of heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation, and combined modes; linear and volumetric thermal expansion, and the stress effects of restricted thermal expansion. The next two topics concern the properties of vapours (of water substance) and ideal gases. Next, the concept of thermodynamic systems is introduced, and the energy changes in non-flow systems. Having completed the above introductory topics in applied thermodynamics, the student will then proceed to solve problems requiring the calculation of changes of pressure, volume, temperature, and energy in non-flow thermodynamic processes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
Electrical Technology 2
This course explores magnetism, electromagnetism, electrostatics, electromagnetic induction, single-phase alternating voltage, and single-phase transformers. Emphasis will be on application of principles to determine torque and forces on conductors in magnetic fields, and the generation of alternating current sine waves as conductor or magnetic field moves. Capacitors connected in series and parallel, calculating charge on capacitor, the relationship between capacitance and dimensions of capacitor, and types of dielectric. Charging and discharging capacitors and time constant τ, and electric field between capacitor plates. A small section of the course will cover electrical cable installations through bulkheads and types of marine cables approved by classification societies for use on vessels and offshore installations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
Engineering Knowledge 2
In this second level of the marine engineering knowledge course, students will continue their studies in pumps and pumping systems, water makers, air compressors, and separators. An introduction into the operation and construction of auxiliary steam turbines will be given. For medium and high speed diesels, emphasis will be placed on the construction of the engine structures, lubrication, coolant, injection, and scavenging systems. In boiler systems, students will study the mountings, construction, operation, maintenance, and defects of fire tube auxiliary boilers. The course will also include a study in hydraulics and hydraulic systems. Steering systems will be studied, and an introduction to deck machinery will be given. Finally, there will be an introduction to ship’s shafting and propellers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
Propulsion Plant Simulator
This is the first of the two courses in the program, which when combined with the second course, will cover all the topics required for Transport Canada Propulsion Level I Certificate. This course introduces students to the engine simulator and gives them hands on practice on operating all the machinery in the engine room. The course includes familiarization of a ship's engine room main and auxiliary systems both in full mission and on the workstation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1 courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1.
|Second Year Co-op - Term 4 (27 weeks)||Credits|
Co-operative Training 2
Cooperative Education (Co-op) integrates relevant work experience (Sea Phases) within the academic program of the Marine Engineering Diploma program. Cadets alternate between periods of academic study and Sea Phases to enhance the educational experience, all the while meeting the requirements of Transport Canada. Sea Phases are conducted with reputable companies. The Co-op Coordinator considers tonnage and propulsion plant size. During the sea phase, Cadets are monitored by the Cadet office. Prerequisites: STCW Basic Safety, STCW Survival Craft, and Marine Advanced First Aid.
|Third Year - Term 5 (24 weeks)||Credits|
Leadership and Teamwork
This course is intended to provide the student with the knowledge, skill and understanding of leadership and teamwork at the operational level on board a ship. The course is designed to meet STCW requirements for the application of leadership and team working skills, in accordance with the 2010 Manila Amendments of STCW, specifically as stated in tables A-II/1, A-III/1, and A-III/6 (operational level) of Annex A of the STCW Code.
Advanced Fire Fighting
Through classroom-based presentation and practical skills training, participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills in regards to fire safety, as well as how to manage and control fire situations aboard ships. This Marine Emergency Duties, Advanced Fire Fighting course is based on the requirements of Transport Canada TP 4957, Chapter 16, and is in direct compliance with STCW 95 Convention, Regulation A-VI/3. Prerequisite: Minimum 16 years of age, MED - Basic Safety Training and a valid seafarer’s medical.
Marine Law and Ships Business 1
This course will provide students with a broad overview of International and Canadian legislation covering marine safety, pollution prevention, certification, inspections, maintenance, and emergency response enabling students to understand, interpret, and apply applicable marine laws. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
This course will cover the principles of a typical refrigeration cycle, and develop student skills and knowledge to safely operate and maintain a shipboard Refrigeration and Air conditioning plant. Troubleshooting, fault analysis, and safe handling, identification, and storage of refrigerant to comply with environmental and regulatory requirements will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Term 3.
Ship Construction 2
The Ship Construction 2 course covers the following topics: General arrangement, showing the layout of cargo spaces, tanks, machinery and accommodation of general cargo ships, tankers, bulk carriers, combination carriers, container vessels, ro-ro, and passenger vessels; Effect of loading and ballasting on ship structures; The use of loading instruments on board to calculate ship stresses, description of ship structures in areas of stress concentration such as sheer strake/deck stringer, hatch openings, bulkheads; Description of the bow and stern structures; Description of various fittings such as mechanical hatch covers, mooring devices such as fairleads and bitts, anchor handling equipment, masts and Samson posts, derricks, deck cranes; Description of the piping systems for hold bilge, fire, and ballast systems; Description of rudders and propellers, load lines, and draft marks. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
Automation and Controls 2
In Automation, Control, and Instrumentation 2 emphasis is on control, control systems, and control equipment. This will include the fundamentals of automatic control, on/off controls, sequential controls, PID controls, and their various types. Also included will be sensors, transmitters, controlling elements, and manipulator elements: pneumatic, electrical, and hydraulic. Finally the features for the automatic control equipment and safety devices for engines and boilers will be studied. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
Naval Architecture 2
Students will learn how to use ship’s stability data to calculate transverse statical stability; Effects of flooding; Free surface; Dynamic stability; Area and volume of a ship’s structure; First and second moments of area of tank surface; List and trim. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
This course builds on the fundamentals of thermodynamics covered in Term 3, and begins with a review of the gas laws, properties of ideal gases, and the three states (solid, liquid, and steam) of matter, and the energy required to change these states. New topics covered would include enthalpy in a thermodynamic flow system; potential and kinetic energy; solving problems based on the First Law of Thermodynamics as applied to flow systems; steam tables; properties of saturated, wet, and superheated vapours; enthalpies and specific entropies of mixture of steam and water; Rankine cycle to solve problems for steam-operated heat engines; and reversed Rankine cycle to solve problems of refrigeration. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3
Electrical Technology 3
This class studies single-phase and three-phase alternating current systems and circuits; these circuits contain resistors, inductors, and capacitors. Solving circuit calculations to determine Power Factor and the concept of Reactive or Wattless Power, Real Power, and Apparent Power in single and three-phase circuits is extensively covered. Single and three-phase transformer connections, instrument transformers, current and potential transformers, and Wattmeter connections. Students will solve numerous circuit problems and complete labs to reinforce theory. A section of this course will deal with DC motors, generators, and rectification. Machine characteristics, applications, and maintenance will be covered, and students will solve problems related to DC machines and do a number of labs to investigate machine torque and speed characteristics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
Engineering Knowledge 3
In this third level of the Marine Engineering Knowledge course, students will study the construction, operation, and maintenance of slow speed crosshead diesel engines. The study of diesel engine fuel atomization and combustion process will be given particular attention. Main propulsion steam plant will be studied next, including water tube boiler, steam propulsion turbine, feed water system, and feed water treatment. An introduction to thermal fluid heating systems will be included. An introduction to ship’s vibration will be given. Preparation, operation, fault detection, and necessary measures to prevent damage will be studied in detail with the help of Propulsion Plant Simulator exercises. Safety and emergency procedures for operation of propulsion plant machinery will be included in most of the study topics. Finally, construction, operation, and maintenance of gas turbines will be studied. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
Propulsion Plant Simulator Cadet Level 1
This is the second of the two courses in the program, which when combined with the first one, will cover all the material for the Transport Canada Propulsion Plant Level I Certification Assessment. This course reviews lining up and starting the MC-90 Plant, and then moves onto developing further the competency of students on optimizing the plant on full away, analyze plant parameters, detect faults, and troubleshoot all systems. The students would also be trained to effectively deal with all machinery malfunctions and emergencies. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 3.
|Third Year Co-op - Term 6 (27 weeks)||Credits|
Co-operative Training 3
Cooperative Education (Co-op) integrates relevant work experience (Sea Phases) within the academic program of the Marine Engineering Diploma program. Cadets alternate between periods of academic study and Sea Phases to enhance the educational experience, all the while meeting the requirements of Transport Canada. Sea Phases are conducted with reputable companies. The Co-op Coordinator considers tonnage and propulsion plant size. During the sea phase, Cadets/Officers are monitored by the Cadet office. Prerequisites: STCW Basic Safety, STCW Survival Craft, and Marine Advanced First Aid.
|Fourth Year - Term 7 (26 weeks)||Credits|
Dry Docking and Corrosion Control
This course will provide students with all the essential information needed to prepare, plan, and execute a successful dry docking of a ship. It will also cover ballast treatment and NOx and SOx emission control processes. A review of the IMDG Code will be followed by Canutec book familiarization, and the ship’s enclosed space entry procedures. It will also cover the causes of corrosion in the marine environment, and its prevention on the hull and sea water and diesel engine cooling systems. A review of non-destructive testing will also be covered. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Applied Mechanics 2
This course continues with the principles of applied mechanics and includes: bending of beam, shearing force and bending moment diagrams for cantilevers, and simple supported beams with concentrated and uniformly distributed loads. The student will also study stress due to bending, strength and stiffness of shafting, and power transmitted by shafts and bolts. Further, direct stress and strain, modulus of elasticity, shear stress and strain, and modulus of rigidity will be studied. Restricted thermal expansion, loads on immersed surfaces, and centre of pressure on vertical immersed surfaces will be covered. Finally, hydraulics and the flow of fluid through pipes and orifices will be studied. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Marine Law and Ships Business 2
This course would provide the students with a knowledge and understanding of ship's business including the Marine Insurance Act, charters, STCW and ISM Codes, pollution, and crew training and representation. A broad overview of project management including purchasing, contracting, and accounting methods would also be covered. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2
This is a hands-on course to provide students the necessary skills to repair and maintain a variety of refrigeration plants and associated equipment, similar to those used on ships. The theoretical knowledge learned in the previous refrigeration course will be applied in the lab/workshop setting. Students will use refrigeration tools and test equipment to troubleshoot a working refrigeration system, draw vacuum, and recharge refrigerant using different methods. Students will be evaluated on their ability to solve system problems. Safe handling, identification, and recovery of refrigerant to comply with environmental and regulatory requirements will be discussed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Ship Construction 3
The Ship Construction 3 course covers the following topics: A review of ship stresses arising from longitudinal bending and shear forces caused by (i) longitudinal differences in weight and buoyancy, (ii) longitudinal wave profile, and (iii) local loads such as docking, grounding, pounding, and panting. A review of the terms: longitudinal and still water bending, hogging, sagging, and racking. Definition of shear stress and bending moment by calculation and use of diagrams. The need to keep the ship’s SF and BM within limits and means of determining SF and BM using a loading instrument. Stresses caused by torsional moment: causes and remedies. The use of scale modelling to show the construction arrangements for double bottoms, forward and after peak structures, anchor handling, framing systems, decks and bulwarks, hatch covers, structural discontinuities, bilge keels, hull strakes and hull fittings. In addition, the following construction arrangements will be considered: strength members associated with engines, deck machinery and stabilizers, strength and watertight integrity of bulkheads, rudders and supports, and design criteria of specialized ships. Included will be the construction requirements for structural fire protection and analysis of ship’s drawings such as the general arrangement, shell expansion, and lines drawing. Next will be the general design and construction features that provide watertight integrity for SOLAS compliant vessels, and the Intact Stability Code. Following this, is a section on ship dynamics, explaining the effects of ship motions such as rolling, pitching, vibration, and the means to mitigate this by use of fin stabilizers and anti-roll tanks. The final section covers damage control in the event of flooding of compartments, and the effect of flooding on ship stability. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Automation and Controls 3
This course covers Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and their applications on ships. Students will develop control programs for marine applications on a PC using industrial software, connect process control sensors to PLC, transfer, test, and troubleshoot their programs on PLC. Tune a PID controller to maintain water level in a tank. Networking PLCs and protocols, alarm monitoring and interfacing, calibrating, troubleshooting and connecting process control sensors, and signal conversion analog to digital and digital to analog conversion. Testing and connecting silicone controlled rectifiers (SCRs), MOSFETS, IGBTs, and their application in power electronics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
This course begins with a review of the fundamentals of thermodynamics as covered in Terms 3 and 5. The following additional topics are covered: The Second Law of thermodynamics and an introduction to entropy; the diesel and dual combustion ideal cycles, criteria of performance for internal combustion engines, and a review of the properties of water vapour; Carnot cycle and its modified form for steam plant: the Rankine cycle, its modifications, and calculation of power in impulse steam turbine blades; An analysis of the reversed heat engine cycle as found in vapour compression (refrigeration) cycles, the combustion of hydro-carbon fuels and their stoichiometric requirements, the properties of atmospheric air as relevant to air conditioning systems, and heat transfer through solid and composite walls and through lagged pipes. With reference to heat balance, the performance criteria of internal combustion engines are discussed. The calculation of boiler efficiency and the performance criteria of gas turbine cycles are also covered. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Naval Architecture 3
This course meets the requirements for knowledge, understanding, and proficiency as outlined in the STCW code and expands on the use of Simpson’s Rules to calculate areas, volumes, 1st moments and centroids of irregular shapes; transverse statical stability; IMO intact stability criteria; construction and interpretation of hydrostatic curves; use of the ship stability booklet to determine ship’s stability at various load conditions, and maintain stability and seaworthiness of the ship under all circumstances; calculate frictional and residual resistance of ship, power developed by the ship; performance of propeller in the water; thrust exerted by rudder on rudder stock; and stability of ship during the process of dry docking. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Electrical Technology 4
This course builds on previous electrical courses. Students will study ship’s electrical design features, system configurations, and selection of marine electrical motors and generators. This will be followed by building motor controls and operating variable frequency drives (VFDs) to control induction motors. This will be followed by Ship’s High Voltage (HV) design, safety features of marine HV installations, and HV operating procedures with a strong emphasis on safety and lockout procedures. Students will identify HV hazards and do a risk assessment. This will be followed by a discussion on correct system of work, and level of supervision when working near or on HV equipment. Then we will look at the operation of power converter electronics and controls for cruise ship HV diesel electric propulsion. Students will develop electrical and electronic troubleshooting skills, and learn how to restore electrical and electronic control equipment to operating condition. The course will conclude with a look at electrical survey requirements for various types of ships, and students will inspect and record motor and cable electrical insulation resistance. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
Engineering Knowledge 4
Students in the fourth year of instruction will continue their Engineering Knowledge study at the Management Level. The following competencies will be taught and assessed: (1) Managing the operation of propulsion plant machinery and (2) Operation, surveillance, performance assessment, and maintaining safety of propulsion plant and auxiliary machinery. Also, an introduction to an electronically-controlled engine, and dual fuel technology will be covered. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 5.
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Four years, full-time
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.
The four-year diploma program consists of four terms of classroom instruction interspersed with three co-op terms:
|First Year||Term 1
|Second Year||Term 3
|Third Year||Term 5
|Fourth Year||Term 7
Learn more about Transport Canada exemptions in the Marine Engineering Program.
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.
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.
Graduates of the program are able to work internationally as the program is recognized by the International Maritime Organization through Transport Canada. Co-op placements in the Marine Engineering program typically end up becoming permanent positions as many of the Co-op employers seek lifetime employees. We work with employers such as Algoma Central Corporation, BC Ferries, Canada Steamship Lines, Canship Ugland, McKeil Marine, Princess Cruises, Rigel Shipping, Seaspan, Teekay Shipping, Transport Desgagnes and more.
Upon successful completion of the Marine Engineering program and obtaining your Fourth Class Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency, a licensed Marine Engineer Officer can expect to earn between $5,000 and $10,000 per month.
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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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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Upon successful completion of all program requirements and eighteen months of sea time, including six months as a watchkeeper, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.
Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.
All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.
In accordance with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS), full time students enrolled in the Marine Engineering program are granted some exemptions towards Transport Canada Certificates of Competency. Refer to the information below for exemptions that may be applicable to you..
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