Officer Training Program: marine engineering course descriptions

Learn more about the courses you’ll take as an officer cadet in the marine engineering program, including descriptions, content and course hours.

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First year classes

You’ll participate in these classes during your first year at the college.

Ceremonial Divisions 140
Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail
Course hours
  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 38
  • Total: 38
Communication Skills 130
Description

This course provides the basics of:

  • handling conflict effectively
  • communicating difficult issues
  • organizational communication theory

Topics covered in this course include:

  • the use of appropriate marine terminology
  • organizing, participating in and chairing meetings
  • the basics of good correspondence techniques, such as:
    • oral presentations
    • technical report writing
  • good communication skills needed in a marine organization, such as:
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • communication processes used within the Canadian Coast Guard College
Course hours
  • Theory: 52
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 52
Electricity 130
Description

This course consists of an introduction to the basic principles of:

  • magnetism
  • magnetic fields
  • electrical potential
  • laboratory experiments
  • direct current networks
  • electrostatics and electric fields
  •  electricity and electromagnetism’s:
    • basic principles
    • practical applications
    • the scientific approach to problem solving
Course hours
  • Theory: 52
  • Lab: 8
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
Engineering Knowledge General 122
Description

This course consists of the theory, construction, operation and safety aspects of marine auxiliary equipment and systems. Topics covered in this course include:

  • marine fuels
  • ventilation systems
  • steering equipment
  • fuel and oil purification
  • air compressors and systems
Course hours
  • Theory: 144
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 144
Engineering Knowledge Motor 122
Description

This course consists of the theory, construction, operation and safety aspects of marine internal combustion engines. Topics covered in this course include:

  • basic engine systems
  • watch-keeping duties
  • gas exchange process
  • diesel engine terminology
  • internal combustion engines
  • marine propulsion plant simulator
  • the construction of marine diesel engines
Course hours
  • Theory: 40
  • Lab: 8
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Marine Advanced First Aid 140
Description

This course prepares officer cadets to provide first aid at the highest level, in isolated environments, where they’ll often spend days away from formal medical assistance. Course content is as directed in the most up-to-date version of Transport Canada’s TP 13008E. Officer cadets will receive a certificate issued by accredited organization upon completion.

Course hours
  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 20
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 40
Marine Emergency Duties 6.1 - 6.2 140 - 6.3 140
Description

This course provides an understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and ships as well as training in the skills required to cope with such hazards.

Course content is as directed in the most up-to-date version of Transport Canada’s TP4957 Basic Safety (MED A1). Officer cadets will receive a certificate issued by accredited organization upon completion.

This course provides an understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and ships as well as training in the skills required to cope with such hazards.

Course content is as directed in the most up-to-date version of Transport Canada’s TP5749E. Officer cadets will receive a certificate issued by accredited organization upon completion.

Includes firefighting in a marine environment.

Course hours
  • Theory: 45
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 25
  • Total: 70
  • Theory: 12
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 24.5
  • Total: 36.5
Mathematics 130
Description

This course consists of basic differential and integral calculus and its applications for engineering and navigation officer cadets. Topics covered in this course include:

  • algebra
  • integration:
    • antiderivatives
    • Trapezoid and Simpson’s Rules
  • applications
  • trigonometry
  • derivatives, including:
    • limits
    • analyzing and graphing functions
    • differentiation to common functions
  • common functions, such as:
    • polynomial functions
    • trigonometric functions
    • exponential and logarithmic functions
  • problem-solving skills
Course hours
  • Theory: 144
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 144
New Employee Orientation 140
Description

This 1 week-long program is designed to train new employees in the federal public service to manage different programs and activities at Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. Topics covered in this course include:

  • values and ethics
  • conflict resolution
  • organizational structure
  • administrative practices
Course hours
  • Theory: 32
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 8
  • Total: 40+ (doesn’t include mandatory self-directed study)
Physical Education 140
Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences
Course hours
  • Theory: 25
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 51
  • Total: 76
Physics 130 - 132
Description

An introduction to the basic principles of physics. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • hydrostatics
  • vector mechanics
  • units and measurement
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • the principle of work and energy
  • kinematics and dynamics of rotational motion

Officer cadets will also develop competency in:

  • vector and scalar quantities
  • free-body diagram illustration
  • the basic principles of mechanics and hydrostatics:
    • kinematics
    • applying translational kinetics
    • vector representation of forces
    • buoyancy and Archimedes’ principle

An introduction to the basic principles of physics that applies knowledge from Physics 130 to practical applications and problems. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • heat
  • dry friction
  • principle of work and energy

Officer cadets will also develop competency in analyzing and explaining:

  • quantity of heat
  • centres of gravity
  • frames and machines
  • temperature and expansion
  • statics and equilibrium of rigid bodies
  • pulley systems and mechanical advantage
Course hours
  • Theory: 72
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 72
  • Theory: 72
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 72
Practical Skills 122
Description

Instruction and practice in the skills required and the safe working practices employed by engineers in a marine workshop. Topics covered in this course include:

  • the use of:
    • hand tools
    • machine tools
    • measuring instruments
  • basic skills and safe working practices in marine workshops, including:
    • machining
    • welding (arc)
Course hours
  • Theory: 10
  • Lab: 230
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 240
Second Language 130
Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary
Course hours
  • Theory: 168
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 168
Ship Construction 122
Description

This course provides an understanding of specific topics related to the construction of ships. Topics covered in this course include:

  • special shipboard terminology
  • relating a ship’s structure to static and dynamic stresses imposed on it
  • sketching and describing the structural details of a ship’s hull and superstructure
  • the relationship of regulatory bodies in terms of safety and seaworthiness of a vessel
Course hours
  • Theory: 94
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 94
Technical Sketching and Blueprint Reading 120 - 122
Description

Consists of theoretical and practical work in drawing and blueprint reading with respect to ship construction, systems and subsystems. This course covers:

  • the ability to read and interpret:
    • blueprints
    • schematics
  • marine engineering drawings
  • understanding technical sketches

Consists of theoretical and practical work in drawing and blueprint reading with respect to ship construction, systems and subsystems. Topics covered in this course include:

  • basic sketching
  • AutoCAD drawings
  • technical terms and tools
  • lettering and dimensioning
  • creating assembly drawings
  • visualizing and producing drawings that are:
    • oblique
    • isometric
    • orthographic
  • how to read blueprints and schematic drawings
Course hours
  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 22
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 42
  • Theory: 56
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 100
  • Total: 156

Second year classes

You’ll participate in these classes during your second year at the college.

Ceremonial Divisions 240
Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail
Course hours
  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 24
  • Total: 24
Chemistry 232
Description

An introduction to practical chemical knowledge required by marine engineering students. Topics covered in this course include:

  • electrochemistry
  • boiler water treatment
  • potable water treatment
  • the chemistry of corrosion
Course hours
  • Theory: 66
  • Lab: 6
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 72
Engineering Knowledge General 222
Description

This course provides knowledge and information on the construction, theory of operation and proper use of various auxiliary machinery systems. Topics covered in this course include:

  • shafting installation
  • thermal fluid heating systems
  • propulsion transmission systems
  • marine gas turbines, including basic:
    • operation
    • construction
  • the design and construction of propellers
Course hours
  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Engineering Knowledge Motor 222
Description

This course consists of the theory, construction, operation and safety aspects of marine internal combustion engines. Topics covered in this course include:

  • cooling systems
  • engine operations
  • lubricating systems
  • air/exhaust exchange
  • engine fuel oil systems
  • marine internal combustion engine systems and operations
Course hours
  • Theory: 54
  • Lab: 6
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
Maritime Law 222
Description

This course is an overview of:

  • the Canadian court system
  • the Canadian legislative process
  • how the maritime environment is affected by:
    • laws
    • acts
    • codes
    • regulations

Topics covered in this course include:

  • protecting the environment through oil pollution prevention regulations
  • international laws and regulations that govern the marine industry worldwide
  • Canadian laws, codes and regulations that govern the marine industry in Canadian waters
Course hours
  • Theory: 36
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Materials Science 222
Description

This course consists of the theory, structure and physical properties of metals and alloys. Topics covered in this course:

  • treatment and testing
  • applications with emphasis on iron and steel
Course hours
  • Theory: 80
  • Lab: 16
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 96
Mathematics 232
Description

This is a course in applied mathematics, which includes fundamental principles of complex numbers and in-depth knowledge of integrations. Topics covered in this course also include first order differential equations and the Laplace Transform method of solution.

Course hours
  • Theory: 84
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 84
Mechanics 232
Description

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of mechanics. Topics covered in this course include:

  • oscillatory motion
  • collision of particles
  • principles of impulse and momentum
Course hours
  • Theory: 36
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Physical Education 240
Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences
Course hours
  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 28
  • Total: 48
Physics 232
Description

This course studies electromagnetism and alternating current circuits. Topics covered in this course include:

  • filters
  • reactance
  • impedance
  • DC transients
  • transformer principles
  • power factor correction
  • the magnetic fields of coils
  • AC waveform and parameters
  • magnetic motors and generators

Officer cadets will also gain competency in:

  • magnetic circuits
  • rise and decay of:
    • voltage in RC units
    • current in a practical inductor
  • alternating current
  • magnetism in matter
  • explaining transformers
  • phasors and phasor diagrams
  • inductance and electromagnetic induction
  • power and resonance in alternating circuit currents
  • explaining the fundamentals of wave theory applied to:
    • sound waves
    • oscillatory motion
    • mechanical waves
  • integrating the concepts of electromagnetism and alternating current circuit analysis techniques in a laboratory environment
Course hours
  • Theory: 96
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 96
Practical Skills 222
Description

Instruction and practice in the skills required and the safe working practices employed by engineers in a marine workshop. Topics covered in this course include:

  • precautions
  • safety issues
  • the construction and use of:
    • knots
    • lashings
    • crane operation
  • overhauling small diesel engines
  • machinery components found aboard ships
  • how to safely lift, secure and rig lifting equipment on board a vessel in machinery spaces
  • theory and practical aspects of the construction of special lifting slings and other apparatus
  • correct selection and proper use of tackle used for lifting cargo and equipment aboard vessels
Course hours
  • Theory: 10
  • Lab: 126
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 136
Propulsion Plant Simulator 222
Description

This course consists of theory and practical hands-on training in the safe operation of a propulsion plant system. Topics covered in this course include:

  • procedures such as:
    • emergency response
    • leaving and entering port
    • basic engine room watch keeping
  • boiler and steam distribution
  • systems operations, including:
    • auxiliary systems
    • propulsion systems
    • fuel transfer and ballasting
    • electrical and compressed air
  • dealing with minor engine room problems
Course hours
  • Theory: 10
  • Lab: 70
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 80
Seaphase 242
Description

The first sea training phase that engineering officer cadets attend. Officer cadets will experience the practical side of the theory and simulations covered in regular classes. They’ll receive primary training in the specific job functions of the various crew positions that they’ll work with.

During seaphase, officer cadets will understand:

  • shipboard systems
  • emergency procedures
  • duties and responsibilities of all personnel on board the vessel

Officer cadets will conduct written exercises on topics that include:

  • ship safety
  • auxiliary systems
  • naval architecture
  • main engine systems
  • ship’s service generators and electrical systems

Officer cadets will conduct:

  • electrical maintenance
  • watch-keeping routines
  • safety equipment maintenance
  • auxiliary systems routines and maintenance
  • auxiliary machinery and main engine maintenance tasks

Officer cadets will participate in live exercises and practical work in a marine engineering environment.

During seaphase training, all officer cadets are required to complete a detailed sea training manual that tracks all of the items covered during this practicum.

Course hours
  • Theory: 100 hours in a 4 month period
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 4 months
  • Total: 4 months
Second Language 230
Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary
Course hours
  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Ship Construction 222
Description

This course provides an understanding of specific topics related to the construction of ships. Topics covered in this course include:

  • hull painting techniques
  • corrosion control methods
  • hull maintenance procedures
  • the fundamental principles of:
    • ship construction
    • shipyard practices
  • the science behind hull markings for stability, such as load lines
  • special considerations for the strengthening of ships operating in ice
  • construction methods to limit the possibility and spread of shipboard fires
Course hours
  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Stability 212
Description

This course consists of the theoretical aspects of vessel stability as applied by marine engineering officers. Topics covered in this course include:

  • transverse stability calculations
  • the various aspects of stability in relation to ship operation
  • stability calculations to determine the effects of changing vessel operating parameters for safety and economic reasons
Course hours
  • Theory: 96
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 96
Thermodynamics 232
Description

This course covers the basics of thermodynamics. Topics covered in this course include:

  • theory of heat engines
  • the thermal properties of:
    • solids
    • gases
    • liquids
Course hours
  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48

Third year classes

You’ll participate in these classes during your third year at the college.

Ceremonial Divisions 340
Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail
Course hours
  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 26
  • Total: 26
Control Systems 322
Description

This course includes the basic principles, operations and applications of instrumentation devices used in marine engineering. Topics covered in this course include:

  • calibration principles
  • pressure measurements
  • level and flow measurements
  • basic principles and operations of transmitters
Course hours
  • Theory: 40
  • Lab: 10
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 50
Electronics 322
Description

This course studies basic electronics with emphasis on power conversion and control applications. Topics covered in this course include:

  • thyristors
  • transistors
  • optoelectronic devices
  • diodes and their applications
Course hours
  • Theory: 70
  • Lab: 42
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 112
Electrotechnology 322
Description

This course includes principles and applications of electrotechnology in marine engineering. Topics covered in this course include:

  • distribution systems
  • alternating current generator:
    • operation
    • maintenance
  • power and instrument transformers
Course hours
  • Theory: 125
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 125
Engineering Knowledge Steam 322
Description

This course covers the design, construction and operation of equipment used in steam propulsion and steam auxiliary systems. Topics covered in this course include:

  • boilers
  • turbines
  • feed systems
  • mountings and controls
Course hours
  • Theory: 87
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 87
Fluid Mechanics 322
Description

This course studies fluid mechanics with emphasis on its applications relating to marine engineering. This course covers:

  • analyses of the behaviour of fluids:
    • at rest
    • in motion
  • problem-solving techniques associated with fluid flow aboard ships
Course hours
  • Theory: 63
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 63
Hydraulics 322
Description

This course provides knowledge of the safe and appropriate operation of fluid power systems. This course covers:

  • system testing
  • troubleshooting
  • component repairs
  • system adjustment
  • symbol recognition
  • contamination control
  • reading of circuit diagrams
Course hours
  • Theory: 22
  • Lab: 40
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 62
Physical Education 340
Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences
Course hours
  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 30
  • Total: 50
Practical Skills 322
Description

Instruction and practice in the advanced skills required and the safe working practices employed by engineers in a marine workshop. This course includes increasingly complex projects in welding (arc and MIG/TIG) and machining.

Course hours
  • Theory: 10
  • Lab: 158
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 168
Seaphase 342
Description

The second sea training phase that engineering officer cadets attend. Officer cadets will experience the practical side of the theory and simulations covered in regular classes. They’ll receive primary training in the specific job functions of the various crew positions that they’ll work with.

During seaphase, officer cadets will understand:

  • shipboard systems
  • emergency procedures
  • duties and responsibilities of all personnel on board the vessel

Officer cadets will conduct written exercises on topics that include:

  • ship safety
  • auxiliary systems
  • naval architecture
  • main engine systems
  • ship’s service generators and electrical systems

Officer cadets will conduct:

  • electrical maintenance
  • watch-keeping routines
  • safety equipment maintenance
  • auxiliary systems routines and maintenance
  • auxiliary machinery and main engine maintenance tasks

Officer cadets will participate in live exercises and practical work in a marine engineering environment.

During seaphase training, all officer cadets are required to complete a detailed sea training manual that tracks all of the items covered during this practicum.

Course hours
  • Theory: 100 hours in a 5 month period
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 5 months
  • Total: 5 months
Second Language 330
Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary
Course hours
  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Stability 312
Description

This course consists of the theoretical aspects of vessel stability as applied by marine engineering officers. This course covers:

  • transverse stability calculations
  • the various aspects of stability in relation to ship operation
  • stability calculations to determine the effects of changing vessel operating parameters for safety and economic reasons
Course hours
  • Theory: 75
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 75
Thermodynamics 332
Description

This course consists of thermodynamic theory and applications used by marine engineering officers. Topics include:

  • turbines
  • air compressors
  • enthalpy and entropy
  • internal combustion engines
  • expansion and compression of ideal gases
Course hours
  • Theory: 125
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 125

Fourth year classes

You’ll participate in these classes during your fourth year at the college.

Applied Mechanics 422
Description

This course teaches aspects of applied mechanics as used by marine engineering officers. This course consists of:

  • gear trains
  • lifting machines
  • friction in machines
  • vibrations and critical speed
  • static and dynamic balancing
  • machine elements, including:
    • screws
    • clutches
    • belt and rope drives
    • brakes and governors
    • pivot and collar bearings
  • the principals of static equilibrium
Course hours
  • Theory: 100
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 100
Ceremonial Divisions 440
Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail
Course hours
  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 25
  • Total: 25
Confined Space Entry 440
Description

The course will provide training on how to work in a confined space environment to maximize individual and group safety. The overall objective of this training is to protect those entering or working around a confined space. This course covers:

  • principles related to working safely in confined spaces, such as:
    • physical
    • chemical
    • biological
  • applicable government regulations for working in a confined space environment


Trainees will acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of:

  • group discussions
  • lecture presentations
  • individual and team practical exercises

Trainees must successfully complete written and practical tests to receive course certification.

This course will be delivered by a Transport Canada certified training contractor either on campus or at the contractor’s site.

Course hours
  • Theory: 5
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 19
  • Total: 24
Control Systems 422
Description

This course looks at modern automatic control systems, with an introduction to process logic controllers and the use of a simulator. This course covers familiarization with system operations, including:

  • control
  • start up
  • shut down
  • monitoring
  • programming
  • troubleshooting

This course also includes examples of control equipment on new Canadian Coast Guard vessels.

Course hours
  • Theory: 72
  • Lab: 40
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 112
Damage Control 440
Description

This course is designed to prepare officer cadets to be self-sufficient in times of emergency on a vessel operating away from external support services. Topics covered in this course include:

  • damage control as it relates to shipboard emergencies
  • exercises demonstrating the knowledge associated with damage control aboard ships, using mock-ups of a ship’s sections
Course hours
  • Theory: 10
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 30
  • Total: 40
Electrotechnology 422
Description

This course includes principles and applications of electrotechnology in marine engineering. This course consists of:

  • AC and DC motors and:
    • their construction
    • their characteristics
    • how to control them
  • electric propulsion systems
  • electrical auxiliaries, such as:
    • lighting
    • batteries
    • deck machinery
  • electrical machinery and how to:
    • troubleshoot issues
    • repair and maintain them
  • ground detection and fault protection
Course hours
  • Theory: 70
  • Lab: 30
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 100
Engineering Knowledge General 422
Description

This course provides knowledge of propulsion systems and auxiliary equipment. This course covers:

  • gearing
  • shafting
  • propellers
  • oil handling
  • anti-pollution devices
Course hours
  • Theory: 100
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 100
Fall Arrest 440
Description

This course will provide an understanding of the dangers and responsibilities of persons working in areas where fall hazards exist. It will also cover the proper use and inspection of the required equipment and critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall. Officer cadets will receive training in:

  • equipment selection
  • the proper use of selected equipment
  • the correct procedures to apply for minimizing fall hazards

Officer cadets will acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of:

  • group discussions
  • film presentations
  • lecture presentations
  • equipment demonstrations
  • performance-based exercises

Officer cadets will be required to complete written and practical testing in order to receive course certification.

Course hours
  • Theory: 6
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 10
  • Total: 16
Maritime Law 422
Description

Officer cadets will learn how maritime law ensures the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. Topics covered in this course include:

  • national legislation
  • international maritime law
  • international agreements and conventions
Course hours
  • Theory: 78
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 78
Physical Education 440
Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences
Course hours
  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 30
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 50
Practical Skills 422
Description

Instruction and practice in the skills required and the safe working practices employed by engineers in a marine workshop. Topics and projects include:

  • an introduction to:
    • spray welding
    • annealing of metals
    • aluminum welding and its problems
  • overhauling of large diesel engines
  • maintenance on Canadian Coast Guard College vessels
Course hours
  • Theory: 40
  • Lab: 152
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 192
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 422
Description

This course includes the basic principles of refrigeration and cooling systems maintenance. This course covers:

  • service procedures
  • refrigeration systems
  • the operation of shipboard installations, such as fault finding
Course hours
  • Theory: 35
  • Lab: 30
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 65
Second Language 430
Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary
Course hours
  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Strength of Materials 422
Description

This course studies the strengths of materials used in a marine environment and the forces that affect them. This course covers:

  • strain
  • stress
  • forces acting on materials used in a marine environment
Course hours
  • Theory: 98
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 98
Technical Report/Technical Writing 430
Description

During this course, cadets will learn professional-level report writing, how to author a business case and other written instruments. This course covers:

  • how to provide citations
  • the basics of research for technical report writing
  • intellectual property identification such as the APA format for referencing

This course includes the authoring of a primary research paper.

Course hours
  • Theory: 50
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 50
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