Marine Engineering Technician

Program: METC
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Owen Sound


The Marine Engineering Technician program is an internationally recognized program that has been designed in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada’s shipping companies. This program incorporates theory and practical experience to prepare students for the fast paced marine industry. The program focuses on developing competencies required to function as part of an engineering team at the operational level. Students can expect to gain knowledge and skills around shipboard functions and effective marine power plant operations.

NOTE: This is a Transport Canada designated program.

Career Opportunities

The graduate of this program will find a rewarding career as a ship’s junior engineering officer (4th Class) on board commercial vessels throughout Canada and the world, such as bulk carriers, tugs, ferries, tankers, cruise ships, coast guard and fishing vessels. This 2 year co-operative training program may lead to career advancement to senior ranks onboard ships and to positions of leadership in the marine industry upon completion of additional (TCMSS) approved courses at the management level.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • use principles of leadership, team management and conflict resolution in the capacity of a marine engineering officer at the operational level;
  • apply principles of safety and environmental sustainability to the marine transportation of cargo;
  • perform all work in accordance with legislation, regulation, policies and practices relating to health and safety, accessibility, human rights and environmental management;
  • analyze the power plant for performance efficiencies using charting and trending;
  • assist in improving plant performance using effective critical thinking and decision making;
  • carry out operational and maintenance procedures through the use of handbooks, catalogues, manufacturer’s specifications, checklists, and legislative codes;
  • prepare and interpret installation drawings, assembly drawings and detail drawings and compile technical specifications;
  • apply knowledge of electro-technology, electronics and electrical equipment to the operation of alternators, generators, AC and DC motors;
  • participate in the installation and maintenance of marine equipment and systems at the operational level;
  • perform effective watchkeeping practices in a marine power plant using the science of energy production and its transformations;
  • apply computer skills to daily power plant operations;
  • analyze basic entrepreneurial strategies used to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018
  • Work Term 1: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2019

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Note: Applicants must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical stating 'fit for sea service' or 'fit for sea service with limitations'. In the case of an applicant with a certificate 'fit for sea service with limitations', the application will be reviewed for admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

This is a fully integrated co-operative education program, wherein the cadet will participate in semesters of academic study at the Owen Sound Campus, interspersed with work term placements onboard ships. Hence, undergraduates are involved in work activities directly related to their educational objectives.

Every effort is made to arrange work term placements, however, cadets must qualify for such and no guarantee of placement can be made.

Canadian flagged ships only accept Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents for employment. International students are encouraged to investigate Co-op opportunities prior to commencing studies. Cadets may be subjected to adverse environmental conditions while on board ship (noise, dirt, dust, confined quarters and heavy lifting). Anyone with known allergies should consult with the Co-op department.

Eligibility to enter the U.S.

Although not a Georgian College admission requirement, all shipping companies, whether Canadian or foreign, which have vessels trading in U.S. ports, require that all their shipboard personnel be eligible to legally enter the U.S.

TCMSS Certification

Students interested in writing the TCMSS engineering certificate must comply with their legal requirements as described in the Canada Shipping Act Marine Personnel Regulations. These include proof of Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent resident status and a valid marine medical certificate. Marine emergency duties courses are also additional requirements for certification by TCMSS.

Graduation Requirements

32 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
CHEM 1006Fuel Combustion Chemistry
CHEM 1007Industrial Chemistry
ELEC 1008Basic Electrical Engineering
ELEC 2019Thermodynamics
ELEC 2020Advanced Electrical Engineering
ELEC 2021Shipboard Electrical Knowledge and Skills
ENGN 1001Basic Engineering Science
ENGN 1002Basic Control Engineering
HRAC 2002Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
HRAC 2003Shipboard Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
MARE 1040Marine Engine Plants
MARE 1041Marine Steam Plants
MARE 1042Marine Auxiliary Systems
MARE 1043Marine Systems and Components Blueprint
MARE 1044Marine Plant Energy Distribution
MARE 1045Hydraulics and Pneumatics
MARE 1046Ship Construction for Engineers
MARE 2019Computer Applications and Networks
MARE 2032Advanced Marine Power Plants
MARE 2033Advanced Marine Power Plants Steam
MARE 2034Shipboard Materials
MARE 2035Marine Power Plant Watchkeeping
MARE 2036Shipboard Power Plant Studies
MARE 2037Shipboard Control Strategies
MARE 2038Stability
MARE 3020Ships Master’s Business for Engineers
MARE 3032Leadership and Managerial Skills
MATH 1018Introduction to Technical Mathematics
MATH 1019Technical Mathematics
MCHN 2000Machining
MENG 1018Basic Applied Mechanics
WETC 2000Welding
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1032Marine Engineering Work Term 1
COOP 2030Marine Engineering Work Term 2

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.