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The AEC 2 is an enhanced continuation of the AEC 1. The course is delivered in both theory and practical tasks (roughly 50/50). The overall aim is to provide Small Vessel engineers with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and proficiency to carry out safe and effective operations onboard. Together with the AEC 1, the AEC 2 forms part of the mandatory training required for the candidates wishing to pursue the MCA SV Engineer Officer training qualifications.

AEC 2 Objective

The objective of the AEC 2 course as per the MCA Guidelines:

To provide students, with theoretical knowledge and practical hands on experience of additional areas, as laid down in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) AEC 2 syllabus. The aim is to enable them to meet the CoC requirements of the new common “Small Vessel” (Yachts, Tugs, Fishing Vessels, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels, of less than 3000 GT and Power Less than 9,000 kW with Unlimited Area of operation.)

Course Prerequisites:

  1. Minimum of 18 years of age
  2. Must have completed the MCA-approved AEC 1 or equivalent course (or possess a suitable exemption).

Course Outline

  • Compression-type refrigeration systems including fault finding
  • Legislative and management requirements within engineering operations
  • Maintenance systems onboard
  • Safe systems of work within the engineering environment
  • Electrical distribution systems onboard
  • Safe operations of lifting and slinging operations
  • Basic hydraulic systems maintenance
  • Knowledge and practical skills to undertake basic maintenance
  • Freshwater and sewage systems
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AEC 2 Assessment

As per part 10 of the MCA Guidelines

The practical exercises must be conducted, and achievement of competency must be assessed throughout the course under the supervision of the trainer. The end-of-week assessment must be marked by an independent appropriately qualified person.

 Advantages of having an AEC

 The AEC 1 & AEC 2 courses are MCA requirements for candidates to enter the industry as a junior/assistant engineer, with the ability to progress through to the Small Vessel Second Engineer Officer and higher qualifications.