Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Steam)

This qualification is suitable for a Chief Engineer of a vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power up to 750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).


Total number of units = 12 units

12 core units

Core units



Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic MARB3001A

Maintain firefighting appliances

add topic MARB3007A

Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems


Equipment Operations

add topic MARC3001A

Manage fuel systems

add topic MARC3002A

Operate and maintain a boiler

add topic MARC3003A

Operate and maintain a steam engine up to 750 kW and steam auxiliary equipment

add topic MARC3004A

Operate and maintain engines for auxiliary systems other than steam auxiliary systems

add topic MARC3007A

Operate electrical systems


Operational Quality and Safety

add topic MARF1001A

Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic MARF1002A

Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel

add topic MARF1005A

Meet work health and safety requirements

add topic MARF1006A

Survive at sea using survival craft



add topic MARJ2001A

Follow environmental work practices


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR20213 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR30213 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Marine Engine Driver (Steam) by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR30313 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Steam) and other requirements; people seeking certification should check with AMSA.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the maritime industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Complete maintenance report according to workplace procedures

Read and interpret system specifications

Test means of communication between bridge and engine room


Discuss environmental issues and their relationship to work practices with colleagues and appropriate personnel

Maintain collaboration and communication with others to support the safety and efficiency of the firefighting operation

Recognise and carry out worker/employee responsibilities prescribed in WHS/OHS legislation


Apply problem solving skills to investigate and identify causes of WHS/OHS incidents

Recognise electrical system faults and where necessary, take steps to make them immediately safe

Recognise problems and hazards during refuelling and fuel transfer operations, and take appropriate action

Initiative and enterprise

Implement contingency plans for emergencies

Provide ideas to control the level of risk associated with work tasks

Take appropriate action to prevent pollution of marine environment

Planning and organising

Plan and sequence tasks in conjunction with others involved in or affected by maintenance work

Plan maintenance activities

Plan timing and sequence of individual survival actions to be appropriate to prevailing circumstances and conditions of emergency, and minimise potential dangers and threats to other survivors


Assist others to maximise their chances of survival

Collect, manage and interpret information on use of lifesaving equipment

Ration water and food


Practise survival techniques

Participate in abandon vessel drills

Participate in training, musters and emergency drills


Make distress calls using radio equipment on distress call frequency, if time allows, to communicate the nature of the emergency

Operate emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) to transmit distress signal

Operate radio equipment