MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC 1)
Price (exc. VAT):
The objective of this course is to provide students with the basic theoretical knowledge and some practical hands on experience of diesel engines and systems to enable them to meet the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice for the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing & Motor Vessels, the Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels and the Safety of Small Workboats & Pilot Boats.
Annex 5 of the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing & Motor Vessels defines the Engineering Competencies required for these vessels.
Annex 7 of the Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels defines the Engineering Competencies required for these vessels.
Annex 11 of the Safety of Small Workboats & Pilot Boats defines the Engineering Competencies required for these vessels.
Certain defined circumstances require that: “One of the persons .....(employed aboard).....should be familiar with the operation and maintenance of the main propulsion and associated machinery of the vessel and should have attended a suitable course.”
This short course does not attempt to make diesel engineers from the course participants but should enable students to carry out regular servicing and be more aware of possible faults developing before they become major problems.
It is seen as the first rung on the engineering ladder for those with no formal marine engineering experience and is an ideal introduction for those who wish to improve and enhance their employment prospects in the various aspects of the marine industry e.g.
- The super yacht industry
- Commercial vessels
- Marine support offshore wind farms
- Private boat owners
Having obtained the MCA Approved Engine Course certificate, it offers up the opportunity to fill the position of:
Chief Engineer on sailing yachts over 24m in length and less than 200gt and 750 Kw within 60 miles from a safe haven
Chief Engineer on motor yachts over 24m in length and less than 200gt and l500Kw within 60 miles from a safe haven
Act as the Assistant Engineer on vessels over 200gt within 60miles from a safe haven (under the Large Yacht code LY(2)
See MCA MGN 156(N) Annex A for more details of qualifications and manning requirements
The course will be based around compression ignition engines and cover the following topics and areas: -
- The Compression Ignition Engine – General Principles
- The Compression Ignition Engine – Operating Cycle and Construction Details
- Combustion - Fuel
- Combustion - Air
- Engine Cooling
- Engine Lubrication
- Electrical Systems
- Power Systems
- Hull Fittings
- General – Pollution, working practices and Bottled LPG installations
Note: Operating efficiency, optimisation, fault finding, and rectification will be incorporated in each of the above topics
Typically, the course will run over 5 days, 08:30 – 16.30 hrs including breaks and assessments.
NB During the duration of the course the candidate’s will be required to complete assignments and products of work that will demonstrate their knowledge and competency. These will be assessed against criteria and learning outcomes to ensure each student is supported and guided to attain a full award.
The assessment process.
There will be periods of planned assessment as per the assessment plan. In addition, assessments will be carried out on an opportunistic basis should a breakdown occur that affords the student the chance to build evidence.