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Marine Engineer

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Level: 2, 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two to four years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Marine Engineers work on boats such as yachts, commercial craft and superyachts. They may install and/or maintain, fault find and repair marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment. They design and produce marine engineering solutions to meet boat layouts, restrictions and engineering requirements, or produce boat engineering systems from engineering and technical drawings to specifications.

Marine Engineers work to fine tolerances using a variety of measuring equipment, machines and tools. They manufacture, assemble, strip, repair and re-build components. They are expected to work individually and in teams. They comply with organisational and statutory health & safety, sustainability requirements and can work with minimum supervision.

Marine Engineers are good communicators and problem solvers, they commission and test boat systems, are responsible for the quality and accuracy of their work and often support sea trials.
Marine Engineers typically work with associated trades such as Boatbuilders and Marine Electricians and have a strong marine industry understanding. They are highly skilled and capable of adapting to changing demands as boats become more complex.

What you'll learn

The Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma – completed at work with the help of a College assessor.
  • Level 2 City and Guilds 2473 or City and Guilds 2850 college course.
  • Functional Skills for maths, English and ICT level 1 or (Subject to GCSE grades) working towards Level 2 Maths and English – completed at College.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.– completed at work alongside the NVQ.
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – completed at work and at College.

The Advanced Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Marine Engineering.
  • City and Guilds Level 3 2473 or 2850
  • Functional Skills: Maths and English ICT at Level 2
  • ERR – Employee Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Personal Learning and thinking skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.
  • Apprenticeship Standard – Marine Engineer Level 3

You will continually learn about:

  • appropriate safety behaviours individually and towards others
  • a commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  • commercial and market awareness and business acumen
  • ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation
  • an ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • a recognition and appreciation of equality and diversity in the workplace
  • strong work ethic, motivated, committed, meticulous, reliable, proactive and adaptable


After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge all apprentices will be required to achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Marine Engineering (Foundation) and Level 3 Diploma in Marine Engineering (Advanced) before taking the end-point assessment.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on these Apprenticeships is via Initial Assessment and the most suitable Apprenticeship route will be discussed with the employer. For the Apprenticeship Level 3 Marine Engineer Standard, typically candidates will have GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*-C in Maths, English, a Science, and Technology. An apprentice without level 2 English and maths on entry, must achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.


Assessment is continuous both on and off the job. There is a mixture of online and, written and practical assessment. The Apprenticeship standards will require an End- Point Assessment which will require the apprentices to complete a Professional Report, Apprenticeship Presentation and Structured Interview.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

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.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.