Marine Engineering Technology

Program: MTCY
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Owen Sound


Students are immersed in an internationally recognized co-operative marine engineering cadet program designed in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada’s shipping companies. Students focus on developing competencies required to function as part of a shipboard marine engineering team. Content includes, and is based upon, the TCMSS Engineering Officer Education Training (EOET) program requirements.

The final two semesters are open to anyone holding an STCW Reg. III/1 Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency. These students can apply for advanced standing exempting them from the first two years of the program. Upon completion of semesters five and six, they may be exempted from written examinations for 2nd and Chief Engineer Officer.

NOTE: This is a TCMSS approved program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are educated and trained to become marine engineer officers of the watch. They may find a rewarding career as a ship’s engineering officer on board commercial vessels such as bulk carriers, tugs, ferries, tankers, cruise ships, coast guard and fishing vessels throughout Canada and the world. This program may also lead to positions of leadership in the marine industry. Graduates may earn academic exemptions and credentials to advance to Chief Engineer pending further shipboard experience and higher level short training courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. use principles of leadership, team management and conflict resolution expectant of a marine engineering officer at the operational and management levels;
  2. lead and manage effective operational teams whose goal is to transport cargo in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner;
  3. perform all work in accordance with legislation, regulation, policies and practices related to health and safety, accessibility, human rights and environmental management;
  4. evaluate the power plant performance and efficiencies through charting and trending and participate in the installation and maintenance of marine equipment and systems;
  5. operate and maintain equipment safely using handbooks, catalogues, manufacture’s specifications, checklists, and legislative codes;
  6. interpret installation drawings, assembly drawings and detail drawings and compile technical specifications;
  7. integrate electro-technology, electronics and electrical equipment in the operation of alternators, generators, AC and DC motors;
  8. use senior engineering management principles during normal and abnormal operations of marine vessels;
  9. apply computer skills to conduct daily power plant operations at the operational and management level;
  10. analyze basic entrepreneurial strategies used to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.   

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

External Recognition

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada).

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Sem 3: Summer 2025
  • Work Term 1: Fall 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2026
  • Sem 5: Winter 2027
  • Sem 6: Summer 2027


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Any* Grade 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

*A minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 MAP4C, Foundations for College Mathematics, is required.

Note: Applicants must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical stating "fit for sea service" or "fit for sea service with limitations" prior to program start. In the case of an applicant with a certificate "fit for sea service with limitations", the application will be reviewed. Failure to provide the certificate by the deadline may result in an offer of admission being revoked and withdrawal from courses.

You can find more information on how to obtain a Marine Medical Certificate here. Please note: once you have applied to the program, admissions will follow up with instructions on how to submit your Marine Medical documentation.

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:

For advanced standing entry into the 3rd year (Semester 5 and 6) of the program, the following additional requirements apply:

  • Graduates of a Marine Engineering Cadet Training Program in Canada, (Georgian MTCY or METC graduates meet this requirement), or
  • holders of at least a 4th Class Certificate of Competency as a Marine Engineer issued under the STCW Convention, or
  • equivalent level of knowledge demonstrated through an interview and portfolio of qualification and experience with written approval from Transport Canada.

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 for Prior Learning website for details:

Additional Information

Co-operative Work Term Requirements 

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 coop work terms onboard ships. Hence, undergraduates are involved in work activities directly related to their educational objectives.

The Co-op Education and Career Success department at Georgian College facilitates co-op work terms for cadets. It is the Cadets responsibility to participate in the job search process which includes attending co-op classes, shipping company presentations, and interviews. Cadets must participate in resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, and maintain a good academic record to qualify for a co-op placement. 

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.

International applicants must sign a letter to acknowledge that Transport Canada does not issue Marine Certificates of Competency (Marine License) to non-Canadians.

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 obtaining the TCMSS engineering certificates 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, Propulsion Plant Simulator, and Maritime Security courses are also requirements for certification by TCMSS. These courses are provided at Georgian College at an extra fee.

Graduation Requirements

40 Program Courses
2 Communications 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.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
CHEM 1006 Fuel Combustion Chemistry 32
ENGN 1001 Basic Engineering Science 64
MARE 1040 Marine Engine Plants 64
MARE 1043 Marine Systems and Components Blueprint 32
MARE 1044 Marine Plant Energy Distribution 112
MARE 1050 Marine Auxiliary Systems 80
MATH 1039 Introduction to Marine Engineering Technology Mathematics 48
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
CHEM 1007 Industrial Chemistry 32
ELEC 1008 Basic Electrical Engineering 64
ENGN 1002 Basic Control Engineering 96
MATH 1040 Marine Engineering Technology Mathematics 48
MARE 1052 Marine Auxiliary Steam Plants 96
MARE 1053 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 48
MCHN 2000 Machining 48
MENG 1018 Basic Applied Mechanics 64
Semester 3
Program Courses  
MARE 1046 Ship Construction for Engineers 48
MARE 2032 Advanced Marine Power Plants 144
MARE 2034 Shipboard Materials 64
MARE 2035 Marine Power Plant Watchkeeping 32
WETC 2000 Welding 64
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ELEC 2019 Thermodynamics 64
ELEC 2020 Advanced Electrical Engineering 96
MARE 2019 Computer Applications and Networks 48
HRAC 2004 Heating, Refrigeration and Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 64
MARE 2038 Stability 48
MARE 3020 Ships Master’s Business for Engineers 64
MARE 3055 Leadership and Teamwork 24
Semester 5
Program Courses  
MARE 3040 Electrical Machines Management 1 80
MARE 3041 Advanced Applied Mechanics 64
MARE 3042 Power Plant Auxiliaries Management 144
MARE 3043 Automation and Controls 1 80
MARE 3048 Naval Architecture 128
Semester 6
Program Courses  
MARE 3045 Electrical Machines Management 2 64
MARE 3046 Advanced Thermodynamics 80
MARE 3047 Automation and Controls 2 64
MARE 3049 Motor Plant Management 128
MARE 3050 Ship's Business and Maritime Law 48
 Total Hours2652
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work Term 1Hours
COOP 1032 Marine Engineering Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 3) 840
Co-op Work Term 2
COOP 2030 Marine Engineering Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 4) 840
Courses occur in-person prior to work term  
ELEC 2021 Shipboard Electrical Knowledge and Skills 96
MARE 2036 Shipboard Power Plant Studies 64
MARE 2037 Shipboard Control Strategies 48
 Total Hours1888

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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