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Boat Diesel Engine Maintenance

Course Code: BDMC

Level: 2
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One day
When you'll study: Various days, 9.00am - 4.00pm

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About the course

This one-day beginners’ course in boat diesel engine maintenance will help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure. Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge!

This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.

What you'll learn

Course topics include:

  • the principles of diesel engine operation
  • the systems and parts of the engine
  • fault finding
  • rectification of common problems
  • bleeding the fuel system
  • removing and replacement of components
  • routine maintenance
  • winter lay-up procedures.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however you will need to have an interest in diesel engines or boat engine maintenance.


There are no exams.

What's next?

This is a short course aimed at boat owners or people with an interest in boat engines.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.