Marine Diesel Mechanics

CampusStart Date
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Marine Diesel Mechanics are engine specialists. They have expert knowledge of electrical and engine systems in diesel-powered marine vessels and equipment. You’ll learn how to install, repair and maintain major mechanical components of commercial machinery. Your training will also transfer to other trades, including: Heavy Equipment Service Technician and Truck and Transport Service Technician. Water transportation is vital to industry and leisure, and Marine Diesel Mechanics are wanted across the globe in various sectors.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed by fleet owners, boat repair shops, truck and transport distributors and motor vehicle repair shops as Marine Diesel Mechanics, Marine Engineers/ Oilers, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Small Engine Mechanics, Hydraulics Technicians, Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Industrial Mechanics/Millwrights.

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    NOC Codes

    7312 - Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    7321 - Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety
    • Air Induction and Exhaust Systems
    • Basic Electrical Principles and Ignition
    • Batteries, Charging, Wiring Systems and Starting Systems
    • Cooling and Lubrication Systems
    • Engine Operating Systems, Parts and Problem Diagnosis
    • Arc and Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting and Fabrication
    • Mechanical and Electronic Fuel Systems, Diesel and Gas
    • Hydraulic Principles and Systems
    • Blueprint Reading, Sketches and Diagrams
    • Rigging, Hand Tools, Shop Tools and Equipment
    • Marine Orientation and Marine Gear
    • Marine Diesel Mechanics Industry Practicum
    • Workplace Essential Skills

    Specific Considerations

    Although marine in name and nature, many units of instruction are accredited by other mechanical trades. Numerous graduates of the Marine Diesel Mechanics program also find employment in heavy equipment, truck, and transport repair. The Marine Diesel Mechanics program shares a number of courses with the Heavy Equipment Service Technician and Truck and Transport Service Technician programs.

    Safety boots, coveralls and a toolkit are required. Approximate costs are $1,000.

    Most of your classes are scheduled to take place between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, however, some required classes may be scheduled during evening hours.

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