Marine engineering training

Marine engineering officers are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of all equipment and structures aboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels. They keep the main engines and auxiliary systems of the ship in good working order under the supervision of the vessel’s chief engineer.

This program prepares you for a career as a marine engineering officer. You’ll learn to operate numerous engineering systems aboard a vessel and develop your leadership abilities. You’ll also learn about:

  • electricity
  • hydraulics
  • mechanics
  • electronics
  • thermodynamics
  • engineering knowledge

Training topics

Marine engineering officers must be able to effectively respond to mechanical and electrical defects and failures while at sea. Officer cadets studying marine engineering learn crucial operational skills, such as:

  • watchkeeping
  • executing necessary repairs
  • rapidly diagnosing equipment problems
  • maintaining various vessel systems, such as:
    • pumps
    • piping systems
    • fresh water generation
    • compressed air systems
    • hydraulic power systems
    • steam propulsion and heating systems
    • controls, electronics and electrical systems
  • operating and maintaining propulsion and auxiliary machinery

Training phases

You’ll receive in-class training and hands-on training at the college. You’ll also gain practical experience aboard a ship to ready you for your career as a marine engineering officer. Training for officer cadets in marine engineering is divided into 5 phases:

  • 11 months at the college
  • 4 months at sea
  • 14 months at the college
  • 4 months at sea
  • 10 months at the college


We’d like to meet you if you:

  • are resourceful
  • enjoy team work
  • like hands-on work
  • appreciate challenges
  • are interested in working at sea
  • have a good knowledge of math and physics
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