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Prerequisites: – Be over 18 years of age and previously completed the MCA Approved Engine Course part 1 (AEC1)

Qualification: MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2 (AEC2)

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

Duration: 5 Days (0830hrs – 1700hrs)


Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC 2)

What is the MCA AEC2 and who is it for?

The Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2) leads on from the foundations laid and knowledge learned in the Approved Engine Course 1 (AEC1). The course develops your learning through a good mix of theory and hands-on practical training and runs over 5 days (35 hours). The AEC2 course is taught by one of our highly skilled marine engineers, who will be able to not only take you through the course syllabus but also illustrate your learning with examples and tips from their real-life experience.

The AEC2 course is ideal for owners and operators of, and a range of personnel on, small vessels, be they commercial Crew Transfer Vessels and tug boats, private pleasure vessels such as yachts or superyachts, and more. It opens up the opportunity to work in a dual deck/engineer role as well as as a small vessel engineer. It will also help enable you to work as an engineer on board a Small Vessel* and to follow the Small
Vessel engineering career progression path: This course forms a core part of the second officer qualification for small vessels less than 3000 gross tonnes/under 9000 kW. It is a core requirement for your Small Vessel CoC.

*MCA Small Vessel (Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels)

Once combined with your AEC1 course, the Approved Engine Course 2 certificate contributes to an MCA Marine Engine Operators Licence (MEOL), a required qualification for Chief Engineers on UK flagged vessels.


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Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2)

The course is a good mix of hands on practical learning using our purpose built engineering shed as well as classroom theory tuition. Led by a highly experienced marine engineer, this course is as engaging and interactive as it is informative.

Course Content

The Approved Engine Course includes both practical and theory sessions covering the following elements of marine diesel engines and their operation:

Management Requirements
Refrigeration Systems
Systems and Processes of Maintenance
Safe Working and Safe Working Systems
Electrical Systems
Hydraulic Systems
Lifting and safe operations
Theoretical and Practical Maintenance
Portable Fresh Water Systems
Sewage Systems


PPE for the course is supplied as required by us.

Additional information

Course dates

10th – 14th July 2023, 14th – 18th August 2023, 18th – 22nd September 2023, 9th – 13th October 2023, 13th – 17th November 2023, 11th – 15th December 2023

5 reviews for Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC 2)

  1. Steven R

    Phil was very passionate and patient. I have completed training elsewhere but in comparison to SWMA it was clearly not to this standard.
    I will be back for more training!

  2. S Vatteroni

    Absolutely fantastic experience, thank you!

  3. M Pontani

    Very comprehensive and complete course, well trained instructors, congratulations to SWMA, excellent result!

  4. A Amadi

    Highly experienced instructors who drew from real life experience, they were happy fun and considerate. Had a great week furthering engineering and working practice knowledge.
    Brilliant team teaching the course, with a relaxed and happy feeling at the training centre.

  5. G Dally

    An extremely informative course, whilst fun and professional couldn’t ask for more from Jon and Phil, who’s knowledge is incredible, pretty much any question are known due to their precious experience in the industry.
    Phil, Jon and SWMA are highly recommended.

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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.