Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper)

This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry as an Engineer Watchkeeper on a seagoing ship powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area.


Total number of units = 17 units

17 core units

Core units



Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

add topic MARA3001A

Contribute to safe cargo operations on liquefied gas tankers

add topic MARA3002A

Contribute to safe cargo operations on oil and chemical tankers



add topic MARE5001A

Communicate effectively when performing engineering duties


Operational Quality and Safety

add topic MARF3007A

Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel



add topic MARJ5001A

Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation


Marine Engineering

add topic MARL5001A

Apply basic principles of marine electrotechnology

add topic MARL5002A

Apply basic principles of marine engineering thermodynamics

add topic MARL5003A

Apply basic principles of marine mechanics

add topic MARL5004A

Apply basic principles of naval architecture

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Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine auxiliary boilers

add topic MARL5006A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine auxiliary machinery and systems

add topic MARL5007A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine control systems and automation

add topic MARL5008A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine diesel engines and systems

add topic MARL5009A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine electrical systems

add topic MARL5010A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of marine steam turbines and main boilers

add topic MARL5011A

Demonstrate basic knowledge of ships and ship routines

add topic MARL5012A

Perform basic marine engineering calculations


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR40113 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating)
    MAR50113 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 3)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR60113 Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 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 an Engineer Watchkeeper by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR50213 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper) 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:


Communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Read and interpret written information needed to perform basic marine engineering tasks

Use non-verbal communication appropriately when working and communicating with others


Identify difficult situations and negotiate solutions using a collaborative approach

Use appropriate strategies to foster the trust and confidence of stakeholders

Work safely and collaboratively with others when entering and working in a confined space


Identify and suggest ways of rectifying faults and malfunctions in control systems on commercial vessels

Recognise problems and hazards that can arise when managing safety on a liquefied gas tanker, take appropriate remedial action and initiate appropriate solutions

Resolve misunderstandings in written and verbal communication

Initiative and enterprise

Act on becoming aware of a hazardous situation

Obtain and use regular feedback to enhance positive relations

Report opportunities and recommendations for improvements

Planning and organising

Ensure environmental monitoring and management plans are implemented

Identify, collate and process information required to prepare verbal and written reports

Monitor the implementation of environmental management plans, policy and procedures, and specified work methods


Assess own work outcomes and maintain knowledge of current codes, standards, regulations and industry practices

Clarify own scope of authority/responsibility for achieving specific environmental outcomes for the vessel and the roles of other key personnel

Seek Master’s advice when challenges are beyond own scope of technical competence or when input from environmental specialist may be required


Develop and provide information and training to ensure all crew members understand their environmental obligations/responsibilities

Effectively provide feedback, instruction and training on work performance to engine room crew according to vessel procedures and established engineering practice

Use environmental management plans and recent incident reports to identify training needs of crew members


Use a calculator to resolve marine engineering problems

Use atmospheric detection equipment and interpret the readings

Use computer and relevant equipment to enter, access and retrieve engineering information