Certificate validity: No expiry

Prerequisites: None

Qualification: MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC)

Enables you to work as engineer onboard a vessel over 24m, including dual role deck / engineer positions.

Duration: 4 Days (0900hrs – 1700hrs)

Cost: £600.00inc vat (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

Location: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA


What is the MCA Approved Engine Course and who is it for?

The MCA Approved Engine course (AEC) objective is to provide students with the basic theoretical knowledge and practical hands on experience of diesel engines and systems to enable them to meet the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice for

The Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels, the Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels and the Safety of Small Workboats and Pilot Boats.

The course does not attempt to make diesel engineers out of you. It is designed in such a way that you will be able to carry out regular maintenance and safety checks as well as troubleshoot should there be a problem.


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Category: SKU: AEC

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Course Content

The Approved Engine Course includes both practical and theory sessions covering the following elements:

    • Compression Ignition Engine
    • Cycle of Operation and Constructional Details
    • The Fuel System
    • The Role of Air in the Combustion Process
    • The Cooling System
    • The Lubrication System
    • Engine Electrical Systems
    • Power Transmission
    • Hull Fittings
    • Marine Pollution
    • Code of Safe Working Practices
    • Bottled LPG installations

Additional information

Course dates

19th – 22nd March 2020, 23rd – 26th May 2020, 23rd – 26th June 2020, 10th – 13th September 2020, 5th – 8th November 2020

14 reviews for Approved Engine Course (AEC 1)

  1. Rich S.

    The instructors are very knowledgeable.
    Great delivery, amazing instructors who have amazing patience and communicated the subject very clearly.

  2. Rory S.

    Instructors went above and beyond, very keen to share their knowledge.
    Great course, very informative, explaining all questions even above the requirements of the AEC.

  3. Jon W.

    Another excellent course at South West Maritime Academy.

  4. Martyn J.

    An excellent and well presented course with both instructors very knowledgeable.
    The course had excellent facilities with approachable and friendly instructors who were on hand to answer any questions.

  5. Mark R.

    Hands on instructors who have worked / working in the industry.
    The instructors are very informative as they really knew the course content.
    I have done several courses at South West Maritime Academy and would recommend to my company and colleagues. The training is organised and I am always happy to do courses at South West Maritime Academy.

  6. Andrew Fogg

    The course is intensive but by the end I have a clearer knowledge of engines.

  7. Jake Bowman

    It was great as always here. Great experience overall. Will be back when AEC2 is ready!

  8. Matthew Collier

    A great experience, I got what I came for, the instructor was thorough.

  9. Alex Gurd

    Excellent communication ensuring everyone has understood the syllabus. No questions left unanswered. Phil = Hero.

  10. Sam Cutting

    I felt that through this course the instructor explained all units clearly. Cheers!!! 🙂 🙂

  11. Kyle Kenny

    Good course, good facility, Phil’s a good lad.

  12. William Southey

    V.professional and a top service – instructor was very helpful.

  13. Adil Muhammad

    It’s made me better understand marine engines – course was good and enjoyable.

  14. Stuart Reynolds

    Phil made the whole course an absolute pleasure. learned everything and more. Thanks for everything.

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Please note:

  • Annex 5 of the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels defines the Engineering Competencies required for these vessels.
  • Annex 7 of the Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels defines the Engineering Competencies required for these vessels.
  • Annex 11 of the Safety of Small Workboats and Pilot Boats defines the Engineering Competencies required for these vessels.

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information about this course or wish to book on behalf of a company:

Telephone: 01454 260130
Email: info@southwestmaritimeacademy.com

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday  – Friday: 08.30 – 17.00

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with course joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment will be received by email.

There is a wide range of local accommodation, some of which are within walking distance of the training centre to suit everyone’s budget. For a list of local accommodation please click here.