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CR 095

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 095
  • Field of StudyMarine Engineering
  • Type of CourseDegree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 years including one year work placement
  • Level7
  • LocationNational Maritime College of Ireland
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 224

What is Marine Engineering?

The function of the Marine Engineer is to operate and maintain the engines, boilers, generators and other systems of ships. Most of the mechanical equipment aboard ship is operated and maintained by Marine Engineers. This course aims to provide a sound knowledge base of Marine Engineering.


About the Course

Location: NMCI, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork www.nmci.ie

As well as lectures, training is provided in marine, electrical, welding and mechanical workshops, supplemented with practical work in the College engine room and simulation exercises in the machinery and cargo-handling simulation suites.


Work Placement

Students who successfully complete Year 1 and 2 are expected to be placed in a commercial ship, for practical training experience, and to gain the necessary ‘seatime’ for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Certificate of Competency, in their third year. In addition while at sea, they must complete a comprehensive workplace training programme including training records, journals and other documents associated with the training programme, as specified from time to time. It should be noted that while every endeavour will be made to secure suitable sea training placement, this is outside the control of CIT/NMCI and the College cannot accept responsibility for difficulties in securing such placement.


It should be noted that while every endeavour will be made to secure suitable sea training placement, this is outside the control of CIT/NMCI and the College cannot accept responsibility for difficulties in securing such placement.


Further Studies

There are opportunities for further study in order that cadets will progress from the Officer of the Watch Level on to the Second Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency (COC) and in due course to the Chief Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency (COC) with a combination of Sea-Service, further study and examinations.


Question Time

How do I go about getting a Shipping Company to sponsor me while I am in College?
The College endeavours to place students with shipping companies and has been successful to date.


Do I have to work for the Shipping Company once I graduate?
The commitment from the sponsoring Shipping Companies usuallyt ends upon graduation. However, a significant number of graduates go on to work as an officer with their sponsors.


How much sea going experience do I need before I can apply to sit for a Chief Engineer’s COC?
The minimum is approximately three years on suitable vessels and voyages.


Graduate Profiles


Ben Spillane
Marine Engineer

“As a recent graduate of the BEng in Marine Engineering I can highly recommend this Degree course. It provides a great beginning for someone who enjoys travelling, seeing the world, and working hands on with all sorts of machines. I chose this course because of the excellent career opportunities it offers and because of my passion for being at sea.

There's a global demand for marine engineers which guarantees employment straight out of college. I'm enjoying my position as an engineer at sea and I know that with further experience there will be many land based engineering job options available to me if I want to come ashore.”


Eoin O'Sullivan
Senior Marine Engineer

Eoin graduated in Marine & Plant Engineering (now titled Marine Engineering). He is currently serving as a Chief Engineer on a speciality vessel (FPSO) in the production and storage area of exploration off the coast of Brazil, working one month on and off.

Eoin obtained the Chief Engineering Certificate of Competency. Eoin found the College facilities excellent. “Most of the lecturers have spent time at sea and use their experience to teach their skills. The standard of education is very high.”


For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish, and note the following:


  • Note 1: The programme is normally available only to Irish citizens and EU citizens who are ordinarily resident in Ireland.

  • Note 2: Applicants must pass the approved medical fitness and eyesight tests as specified by the Maritime Safety Directorate of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and are recommended to attend a career advisory session. Offer of a place on the course will be subject to passing the Medical and Eyesight Tests at the time of offer.

  • Note 3: Applicants, other than those indicated in Note 1 above, will need to be sponsored by an approved internationally trading shipping company, provide an IELTS score of 6.5, and also meet the medical requirements for a sea going career.

  • Note 4: Applicants should note that in order to qualify for an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (CoC), the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has set additional criteria with respect to minimum pass marks, academic progression, and students with dyslexia. Download Marine Notice No. 65 of 2013.

  • Note 5: Applicants who are non-Irish citizens should ensure that they qualify for the issuance of a Seafarers Discharge Book in their home country.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT/NMCI full-time courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

Graduates first become Officer of the Watch on a vessel after graduating and passing relevant examinations. They can advance to Second Engineer or Chief Engineer with further study, examinations, and sea-service. Careers exist on all different type of ocean going vessels: bulk carriers, oil tankers, container ships, cruise ships, and ferry vessels.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Ship’s Officer (from Junior Ranks to Chief Engineer)
  • Marine Superintendent
  • Power Plant Engineers
  • Marine Consultants/Surveyors

Career prospects are excellent with shipping companies at this time and there are opportunities in a wide range of shore based industries, in addition to sea going careers. Many of our graduates, after time at sea and acquiring qualifications, have taken up positions of responsibility in chemical and process plants, refineries, hospitals and utilities. Other careers include Surveying, the Naval Service, Department of the Marine, Department of Transport and Department of Labour.

The main career path is to become an Officer of the Watch onboard a vessel. With time and further study, you can advance to become a Second Engineer or Chief Engineer.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Engineering in Marine & Plant Engineering CR095

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