This is a newly introduced course that forms a part of the small vessel engineer training programme. This new scheme has been designed so that engineering qualifications will be transferable between different industry sectors such as yachts, workboats, tugs, fishing vessels and so on and will no longer have offshore limits.
Basic entry requirements of this course and the award of the AEC 2 Certificate is dependent on the following:
- Completion of the MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) Certificate
- Not less than 18 years of age
- STCW Basic Safety Training
- Refrigeration systems
- Maintenance systems onboard including carrying out endoscope inspections, lubricating oil analysis etc
- Safe systems of work within the engineering environment
- Electrical systems onboard
- Safe operations of lifting and slinging operations
- Basic hydraulic systems maintenance
- Freshwater and sewage systems
- Legislative and management requirements within engineering operations including MARPOL and the Code of Safe Working Practices
The content will be split into both classroom activities and practical application. It comprises of approximately 50% theory and 50% practical work. There is a written test at the end.
Advantages of having an AEC
It forms part of the required modules to enter the industry as a junior/assistant engineer, with the ability to progress through to the Small Vessel Second Engineer Officer qualification.