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Marine engineering workshop is the branch of study that deals with the maintenance of the equipment used at sea and on board sea vessels like boats, ships, etc.  A marine engineer is a professional who is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all major mechanical and engineered equipment on board a ship.

There are many mechanical systems that help in the operations of any vessel like the propulsion mechanics, electrcity and power generation system, lubrication, fuel systems, water distillation, lighting and air conditioning systems to name some of them.  These are all included in the technical responsibilities of a marine engineer.

This qualification is offered in partnership with Durban University of Technology and is specifically aimed at their qualification Diploma Mechanical Engineering (with Marine electives).  This qualification addresses Phase 2 namely Workshop Training.


Entry Requirements

You must be proficient in English (both spoken and written)

English First or Second Language 4 (HG E. SG D)

Grade 12 / N3 (Maths and Science compulsory - Std or Higher grade level - 60% pass rate)


Grade 10 (N1, N2, N3 with Maths and Science - Std or Higher grade level - 60% pass rate)

Career Outlook

The South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA), an Agency of Government, is pursuing a growth strategy that prioritises the development and retention of quality critical and scarce skills within the maritime sector.  SAMSA, the South African Navy and maritime industry including the private sector are most important partners for skills development in the maritime sectors.

Career on board a ship

- Captain
- Engineering Officers

Training @ University of Technology

Aspiring cadets can enroll for one yeat at Durban University of Technology or Cape Town Univeristy of Technology in Maritime Studies or Mechanical Engneering.  They must complete S1 and S2 (Certificate in Maritime Studies).

Training @ Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub

Cadets will then join Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub for a period of 10 months for their Workshop Training.  During this period we will focus on the assessment requirements cadets need to meet as well as the background knowledge required for successful maritime engineering skills.

Workplace Experience

Cadets must spend at least 12 months at sea to complete their sea-service. Once they have done that they must pass the SAMSA oral exams.