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Approved Engine Course (AEC1)

Designed to teach crew the basics of marine diesel engines, associated systems and important surrounding issues, the MCA Approved Engine Course takes you from an ‘entry level’ knowledge expectation up to a point where you can confidently manage and look after a diesel engine on a maritime vessel.

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:

    • 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


PPE for the course is supplied as required by us.

Additional information

Course dates

23rd – 26th June 2020, 1st – 4th September 2020, 29th October – 1st November 2020, 10th – 13th December 2020, 11th – 15th January 2021

27 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.

  15. Adrian Pringle

    Instructor had obvious knowledge, enjoyment/enthusiasm for subject and good use of personal experience.
    Very useful introduction to basic engine principles, simple fault finding and servicing.
    Excellent course.

  16. Robert Copsey

    Phil was an excellent tutor.
    My previous engineering knowledge was poor. This course has certainly raised the bar on what I needed to know and understand. Many thanks.

  17. Steven Ballinger

    Good course well delivered. Staff all friendly and approachable. Instructors’ delivery was good and well paced. Great background experience to call on.

  18. Ashley Kirby

    Approachable + knowledgeable with real world scenarios.

  19. Charlie Tobin

    The AEC course was excellent. Phil’s depth of experience and friendly delivery gave me the confidence to learn the basics of marine engineering.

  20. Tim Tobin

    Phil goes that extra mile, with his wealth of knowledge he gets you taking things apart that you would think don’t come apart. Really practical and open minded.

  21. Kieran Elliott

    The instructor had very good experience with subject and relatable examples really helped with picturing how they systems work.
    Staff were very friendly and approachable with knowledge in more than just the subject taught.
    The course was taught very well by a very experienced instructor. All of the staff at SWMA are friendly and approachable and will do their best to help with any questions I had.

  22. Aghaude Amadi

    Instructors gave very detailed explanations. Instructor had a vast depth of knowledge and experience to draw examples from. Really enjoyable environment being able to have open discussion in class and workshop, as well as during breaks. Great experience, excellent teaching, and brilliant practical facilities. Looking forward to coming back in a couple of weeks for my STCW Basic Safety Training course.

  23. Luke B

    I thought the course was instructed brilliantly, I really enjoyed the practical side of the course.
    I feel I have learnt more than I expected.

  24. Ross M

    Very enjoyable course, got a lot out of it and will help in my position.

  25. William G

    Very good and well taught class, with tonnes of useful and applicable knowledge from industry experience.

  26. Toby

    Overall a fantastic AEC. Will be booking future courses, Phil the engineer is a fantastic instructor. Enjoyed every minute 🙂

  27. H.W

    Instructor was very thorough, easy to get on with, non-judgemental of everyone’s ability.
    Very easy going environment, with good course structure and speed.

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