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This intensive hands-on program prepares graduates for a successful career as a Marine Engineer. 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.

The knowledge and theory acquired in the classroom are applied to real-life situations aboard ships during Co-op terms. Cadets alternate between four terms of academic study and three Co-op terms to enhance the educational experience.

For more information on the program, including an overview of the curriculum, please visit Marine Engineering Diploma Program.

Program schedule

The Marine Engineering Diploma Program is four years in length with four academic terms and three Co-op terms that range from 26 to 27 weeks in length1.

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

1All dates are approximate and subject to change.

Student profile & capabilities

This four year full-time program in Marine Engineering is designed to jump start your career and provide hands-on, theoretical and technical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Propulsion plant operation and maintenance
  • Electronics and electrical technology
  • Ship construction
  • Fuel systems
  • Engineering science and knowledge
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Naval architecture
  • Thermodynamics

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.

Job opportunities

Co-op placements in the Marine Engineering Diploma Program typically end up becoming permanent positions as many of the Co-op employers seek lifetime employees. We work with employers such as BC Ferries, Canada Steamship Lines, Princess Cruises, Algoma Central Corporation, Seaspan, Transport Desgagnes, Teekay Shipping, Rigel Shipping 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 up to $10,000 per month.

The Canadian marine industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified Engineering Officers making Marine Engineering one of the most in-demand professions in Canada. With over 95% of BCIT Marine Engineering graduates employed, employment opportunities are boundless.