Marine engineering workshop is the branch of study that deals with the maintenance of the equipment used at sea and on board sea vessels like boats, ships, etc. A marine engineer is a professional who is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all major mechanical and engineered equipment on board a ship.
The Maritime Industry offers careers that have nationally and internationally recognised tertiary qualifications, job satisfaction, a high level of responsibility, good advancement prospects and a wide variety of careers both at sea and ashore.
The Engineer Workshop Training Skills is the branch of study that deals with the maintenance of the equipment used at sea and on board sea vessels like boats, ships, etc. A marine engineer is a professional who is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all major mechanical and engineered equipment on board a ship.
There are many mechanical systems that help in the operations of any vessel like the propulsion mechanics, electricity and power generation system, lubrication, fuel systems, water distillation, lighting and air conditioning systems to name some of them. These are all included in the technical responsibilities of a marine engineer.
This qualification is offered in partnership with University of Technologies (Durban and Cape Town) and is specifically aimed at their qualification Diploma Mechanical Engineering (with Marine electives).
Essential Skill Set
Aspiring marine engineers, like all engineers, should have a strong aptitude for math and physics, and the ability to think both independently and work collaboratively.
Along with math and science skills, you’ll probably do well if you’re fascinated by the ocean and the engineering involved with in harnessing the power of the sea. Not all Marine Engineers work safely behind a desk designing systems. If you don’t think you ever want to spend time on a ship or other off-shore structure, you might think about a different career choice. However, if ships and the sea call to you, this is a rewarding profession worthy of consideration.
They should also have the patience for work that undergoes rounds of changes and takes years to complete.
– You must be proficient in English (both spoken and written)
– English First or Second Language 4 (HG E. SG D)
– Grade 12 / N3 (Maths and Science compulsory – Std or Higher grade level – 60% pass rate)
– Grade 10 (N1, N2, N3 with Maths and Science – Std or Higher grade level – 60% pass rate)
Step 1 – Training @ University of Technology
Aspiring cadets can enroll for one yeat at Durban University of Technology or Cape Town Univeristy of Technology in Maritime Studies or Mechanical Engneering. They must complete S1 and S2 (Certificate in Maritime Studies).
Step 2 – Training @ Durnacol Skills Hub
Cadets will then join Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub for a period of 9 months for their Workshop Training. During this period we will focus on the assessment requirements cadets need to meet as well as the background knowledge required for successful maritime engineering skills.
Step 3 – Workplace Experience
Cadets must spend at least 12 months at sea to complete their sea-service. Once they have done that they must pass the SAMSA oral exams.
The course consists of the following modules:
INDUCTION AND SAFETY
– Power Tools
– Measure Equipment
– Hand Tools
– Pumps and Seals
– Basic Electricity
– Soldering, Cables and Instruments
– Motor Control
– Engine Components
– Engine Rebuilding
– Cooling Systems
– Fuel Systems
SHEET AND METAL PIPE
This program provides for delivery in a variety of modes, including:
– self-paced delivery
– classroom delivery
– workplace experience
– simulated workplace delivery
– combined delivery with other related units
Learning Activities during Institutional Training
During the knowledge modules learners will be required to participate in various interactive activities, which were designed to equip them with the knowledge required. Some of the classroom learning activities may ask them to check their answers with their facilitator or to check them in the learning activities.
During the practical skills modules learners will be required to demonstrate that they can put their knowledge to practice by doing practical tasks in a well-equipped workshop and controlled learning environment. Progress will be monitored by the facilitator and eventually learners will be assessed against prescribed criteria to declare them competent against these practical modules.
Total duration of institutional training required for knowledge and practical skills modules is nine months. During these nine months we will focus on the assessment requirements they need to meet as well as the background knowledge required for successful engineering skills.
Individual learning progress will allow learners to complete the training at their own paste depending on previous exposure to similar knowledge and experience.
During the workplace skills modules learners will be mentored and monitored under the supervision of a mentor to ensure that he/she is able to repair and maintain equipment.
Once all the above modules have been addressed the learner will be able to apply for oral examination at SAMSA.