Marine Diesel Mechanics

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
St. AndrewsSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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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    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Workplace Safety
    • Air Induction and Exhaust Systems
    • Basic Electrical Principles and Ignition
    • Cooling and Lubrication Systems
    • Engine Operating Systems, Parts, and Troubleshooting
    • Arc Welding and Oxy-Acetylene Cutting
    • Mechanical and Electronic Fuel Systems, Diesel and Gas
    • Hydraulic Principles and Systems
    • Mathematics
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Communication Skills
    • Employment Skills

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    Learners apply electrical and electronic principles to tasks such as electrical system diagnostics, servicing batteries, working with lighting circuits and gauges, and maintaining harnesses and accessories.


    • SECU1322B
    • TMMG1040A

    This course introduces learners to the basic components and functions of hydraulic systems, the principles of pressure, volume, and fluid direction. Learners apply these principles to troubleshoot, service, and repair hydraulic systems.


    • SECU1322B
    • TMMG1040A

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    Small engine mechanics specialize in the installation, maintenance, and repair of outboard motors. In this course, learners acquire the principles and techniques necessary for disassembly, repair, and rebuilding using small engines. Through a blend of theory, demonstration, and practical applications, learners acquire the skills to service small marine engines.

    Learners are introduced to the operating principles of a 4-stroke diesel engine. Learners gain knowledge of all components required to understand how a diesel engine operates. Upon completion of this course, learners have the knowledge and skills necessary to disassemble and inspect a diesel engine.

    Learners use their knowledge of engine operating systems, air induction and exhaust systems to reassemble diesel engines from a troubleshooting and repair perspective. They use knowledge regarding engine principles, and diesel fuel systems to carry out re-assembly tasks.


    • SECU1322B
    • TMMG1040A
    • MMMN1030A
    • SECU1325B

    In this course, learners demonstrate the ability to identify marine system components and parts including bearings, seals, and lubricants. 

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    In this course, learners focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job in a trade.


    In this course, learners focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


      This course is designed to equip the learners with the skills required to recognize, use, and maintain the tools of their trade from the perspective of organization, efficiency, and safety. Learners also cover basic shop tools and equipment including hand and power tools, and fasteners.

      The purpose of the practicum is to provide learners with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables learners to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum experience exposes the learners to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

      Upon completion of this course, learners perform cutting and basic welding operations. Instruction includes the safe practices and accepted methods of oxy-acetylene and electric welding equipment use.


      • SECU1322B

      NOC Codes

      72401 - Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
      72410 - Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

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