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Marine Engineering Diploma Program

Do you see yourself working on the largest engines in the world crossing the seas as a Chief Engineer of a cruise ship or oil tanker? This program is your first step towards a career as a Chief Engineer in the commercial marine industry.

Marine Engineers are trained in the efficient operation and maintenance of the propulsion plant and other machinery systems found in all oceangoing ships. The main responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining and repairing propulsion, electrical, and auxiliary systems
  • Equipment diagnostics and problem solving
  • Conducting daily watchkeeping duties

This Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) accredited program provides graduates with a solid background in the principles of construction, operation and maintenance of diesel propulsion plants on a variety of ships.

The Canadian marine industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified Marine Engineering officers; and thus, making Marine Engineering one of the most in-demand professions in Canada. With over 95% of IZUNA Marine Engineering graduates employed, there are plenty of employment opportunities available.

The Program

The Marine Engineering diploma program is a four-year cadet Co-operative program. IZUNA Marine Engineering students (Cadets) are trained in all mechanical, electrical, and structural aspects of ships; from main engines to auxiliary systems found in all ocean-going vessels ranging from super tankers to cruise ships, cargo ships, and more.

This program is designed to provide hands-on, theoretical, and technical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Propulsion plant operation and maintenance
  • Electronics and electrical technology
  • Ship construction
  • Fuel systems
  • Engineering science and knowledge
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Naval architecture
  • Thermodynamics

Upon successful completion of the third year, you will be eligible to write the Transport Canada examination for the Fourth Class Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency. This certification will allow you to work as a qualified Marine Engineering Officer on any commercial vessel of any size worldwide. Upon successful completion of your fourth year, you will receive exemptions towards higher Certificates of Competency on your path towards becoming a Chief Engineer.

Gravity more about Transport Canada exemptions in the Marine Engineering program.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to March 31st.*

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait-list from year to year.

Apply early; don’t wait for the deadline. This will allow you time to upgrade if needed.

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

For direct entry contact the BMC Admissions office at 111-453-4100.

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Related or transferable experience
  • Teamwork & leadership
  • Knowledge of the marine industry
  • Communication skills

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

*This program has a mandatory uniform policy in which Cadets are required to wear a uniform while in class and at external industry functions.

Individuals who have completed a diesel mechanic program may be eligible for credit toward a portion of the first year of the ME Cadet program. Please contact the Associate Dean or Chief Instructor, Marine Engineering Cadet program for more information.

Read more about how to meet IZUNA’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. All applicants will be contacted for the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI). Interviews will be conducted in the month of April and selections made in May.

Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Note: Acceptance into the program does not constitute a guarantee by IZUNA that a shipping company will provide a berth for the co-op terms. IZUNA will assist Cadets with the coordination of co-op terms.

Recommended for success

  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11
  • Automotive mechanic course(s)
  • Electronics course(s)

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of this program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry.
  • 1. Re-admission: Have you previously completed part of this program at IZUNA and want to apply to resume your studies?
    • Applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • 2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at IZUNA or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?
    • Contact IZUNA Marine Campus Admissions at 111-453-4100 for more information.
The following applies to all advanced placement applications:
  • Competitive entry: If the number of applicants exceeds available seats, IZUNA will select those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: Confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2018 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2019 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2018.

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

IZUNA accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Check out the required and optional textbooks PDF for each year of the Program.

Textbooks can be purchased through the IZUNA Bookstore or by calling 111-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Required Book Estimates: Optional Book Estimates:
First Year: $750-$950 $400-$500
Second Year: $300-$400 $600-$700
Third Year: $500-$600 $100-$200
Fourth Year: $500-$600 $0-$100

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

For more information on textbooks, please contact the IZUNA Bookstore at 111-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Supplies: Cadets must acquire drawing instruments, a scientific calculator and stationary supplies as required. Coveralls, sight and hearing protection and safety boots, worn during the training exercises, are the responsibility of the Cadets.

Uniforms: Cadets are required to purchase uniforms from an approved supplier to be worn while in class. Depending on quantity and size, the total cost for uniforms during the first year is between $250 and $350.

Documentation: Throughout the duration of the program, students are required to maintain official documentation such as Transport Canada Medicals, passports, and other company specific requests for the co-operative sea phase terms, that are subject to additional fees.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0830–1600, Monday through Friday

Evening classes may be required.

Program matrix

First Year - Term 1 (48 weeks) Credits
  MEDI 1510 STCW Basic Safety 3.0
  MEDI 1810 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft 2.0
  MEOC 0001 Orientation to Marine Engineering 0.0
  MEOC 1200 Basic Engineering Sciences 4.0
  MEOC 1201 Communication/Maritime English 2.0
  MEOC 1202 Electrical Technology 1 7.0
  MEOC 1203 Engineering Knowledge 1 11.0
  MEOC 1204 Industrial Chemistry 3.0
  MEOC 1205 Maintenance and Repair of Auxiliary Machinery 8.0
  MEOC 1206 Introduction to Logic Circuits 3.0
  MEOC 1207 Mathematics 7.0
  MEOC 1208 Materials 3.0
  MEOC 1209 Ship Construction 2.0
  MEOC 1210 Technical Drawing 6.0
  MEOC 1211 Skills Training 19.0
  MERS 1025 Introduction to Ship's Machinery Systems 2.0
  MSEC 1010 Ship Security Officer Revised 1.5
  MSSM 1025 Marine Basic First Aid 1.0
  MSSM 1200 Marine Advanced First Aid Revised 2.0
  MSSM 1600 Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training 4.0
 
First Year Co-op - Term 2 (26 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1991 Co-operative Training 1 35.0
 
Second Year - Term 3 (25 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1212 Applied Mechanics 1 5.0
  MEOC 1213 Automation and Controls 1 3.0
  MEOC 1214 Maintenance and Repair of Diesel Engines 8.0
  MEOC 1215 Naval Architecture 1 4.0
  MEOC 1216 Thermodynamics 1 6.0
  MEOC 2202 Electrical Technology 2 6.0
  MEOC 2203 Engineering Knowledge 2 13.0
  MERS 1050 Propulsion Plant Simulator 2.0
 
Second Year Co-op - Term 4 (27 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 2991 Co-operative Training 2 36.0
 
Third Year - Term 5 (24 weeks) Credits
  ENAV 2450 Leadership and Teamwork 2.0
  MEDI 2510 Advanced Fire Fighting 2.0
  MEOC 1217 Marine Law and Ships Business 1 4.0
  MEOC 1220 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2.0
  MEOC 2209 Ship Construction 2 3.0
  MEOC 2213 Automation and Controls 2 5.0
  MEOC 2215 Naval Architecture 2 4.0
  MEOC 2216 Thermodynamics 2 3.0
  MEOC 3202 Electrical Technology 3 6.0
  MEOC 3203 Engineering Knowledge 3 10.0
  MERS 1075 Propulsion Plant Simulator Cadet Level 1 4.0
 
Third Year Co-op - Term 6 (27 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 3991 Co-operative Training 3 36.0
 
Fourth Year - Term 7 (26 weeks) Credits
  MEOC 1224 Dry Docking and Corrosion Control 3.0
  MEOC 2212 Applied Mechanics 2 6.0
  MEOC 2217 Marine Law and Ships Business 2 4.0
  MEOC 2220 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2 2.0
  MEOC 3209 Ship Construction 3 4.0
  MEOC 3213 Automation and Controls 3 8.0
  MEOC 3216 Thermodynamics 3 6.0
  MEOC 3217 Naval Architecture 3 4.0
  MEOC 4204 Electrical Technology 4 8.0
  MEOC 4205 Engineering Knowledge 4 5.0
 
Total Credits: 339.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Four years, full-time

Program location

Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC

The majority of classes take place at the IZUNA Marine Campus; however, some courses may be taken offsite at locations such as the Justice Institute Fire and Safety Training Centre in Maple Ridge, BC.

Program structure

The four-year diploma program consists of four terms of classroom instruction interspersed with three co-op terms:

School Co-op Terms
First Year Term 1
(Sept-Aug)
Term 2
(Aug-Feb)
Second Year Term 3
(Feb-Jul)
Term 4
(Aug-Feb)
Third Year Term 5
(Feb-Jul)
Term 6
(Jul-Jan)
Fourth Year Term 7
(Jan-Jul)
  • A three-year training certificate will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 5 of the program. This letter is required to book for an oral examination on Marine Engineering at Transport Canada. If successful in passing this examination, the student will obtain a Fourth Class Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency from TCMSS.
  • A four-year training certificate and a IZUNA Diploma, upon application, will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 7 of the program. This certificate will provide exemptions towards higher Certificates of Competency on your path towards becoming a Chief Engineer. A Diploma may provide credits towards a Bachelor's Degree. In addition, Term 7 provides students with exemptions towards their First Class Certificate of Competency.

Gravity more about Transport Canada exemptions in the Marine Engineering Program.

Additional program requirements

  • Students must successfully complete all courses in the program within 7 years from the start of the program.
  • PER TP 8911 sections 2.4.3.7, students will complete sea service onboard vessels of 750kW or more propulsion power.
  • TCMSS examination fees, where applicable, are not part of the program/course fees. They are payable to TCMSS directly and are due two weeks in advance of the examination.
  • Standard IZUNA policies concerning examination re-writes apply to this program.

Graduating & Jobs

Career Overview

A Marine Engineer is responsible for all mechanical, electrical and structural aspects of the ship, from main engines to auxiliary systems. Cadets are trained in the operation and maintenance of the propulsion plant and other machinery systems found in all ocean-going ships ranging from super tankers to cruise ships, bulk carriers, cargo ships and support vessels. These skills could be readily applied during sea phases in Canada, Asia, Western Europe, Australia, South America and more.

Lifestyle & Nature of Work

The marine industry requires its Cadets and Officers to be at sea operating in nearly every ocean, aboard a variety of vessels. Depending on the schedule of the shipping company, a Marine Engineering Officer or Cadet can be away from home for months at a time. The work conditions can be demanding, however, there are opportunities to meet crew members and travel around the world.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the program are able to work internationally as the program is recognized by the International Maritime Organization through Transport Canada. Co-op placements in the Marine Engineering program typically end up becoming permanent positions as many of the Co-op employers seek lifetime employees. We work with employers such as BC Ferries, Princess Cruises, Algoma Central Corporation, Seaspan, Transport Desgagnes, Teekay Shipping, Rigel Shipping and more.

Upon successful completion of the Marine Engineering program and obtaining your Fourth Class Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency, a licensed Marine Engineer Officer can expect to earn between $5,000 and $10,000 per month.

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2015-2017 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements and eighteen months of sea time, including six months as a watchkeeper, complete an Application for IZUNA Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Transport Canada Exemptions

In accordance with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS), full time students enrolled in the Marine Engineering program are granted some exemptions towards Transport Canada Certificates of Competency. Refer to the information below for exemptions that may be applicable to you..

Marine Engineering Diploma Program

  • 4th Class Engineering Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency

    After successful completion of term 5 of the program, and after obtaining six months of TCMSS approved sea time through co-op, students will be issued a three-year letter indicating that they have successfully completed the third year of the program. Students will be eligible to challenge the TCMSS oral examination for a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), at the Operational Level, 4th Class Engineering Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (CoC).

  • STCW, at the Managerial Level and 1st Class Engineering Certificate of Competency

    After successful completion of the program, a four-year training certificate and a diploma will be issued to students indicating that they have successfully completed terms 1 through 7. This certificate indicates that the student has completed Applied Mechanics, Marine Law and Ships Business, Thermodynamics, Naval Architecture, Electrical Technology, and Engineering Knowledge and provides exemptions for STCW, at the Managerial Level, 1st Class CoC examinations.

Contact Us

IZUNA Marine Campus Registration Office
Tel: 111-453-4111

Eamon Hayden
Chief Instructor
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 111-453-4105

Jeff Otto
Co-op Education Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 111-453-4124

Sheena Clarkson
Program Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 111-453-4108

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