Marine Engineering Traineeship


This 32 week full-time traineeship is aimed at the commercial side of the marine industry and is tailored towards the servicing and maintenance of commercial fishing boats.

Trainees will develop the range of transferable skills over a cross section of production, manufacturing, service and construction sectors which are valued by employers and therefore increase your employability skills. Trainees will also gain the skills to work competently with at least two different types of materials, including wood, composites and metals and will understand the engineering processes and principles of marine engines, ancillary systems and marine propulsion systems.

All the above will enable learners to progress into further training to become a boatbuilder or a marine engineer.

The main topics covered in this qualifications include:

  • Introduction to the Marine Industry.
  • Principles of Boatbuilding Technology.
  • Marine Engineering Processes and Principles.
  • Servicing and Maintenance of Marine Engines.
  • Composite Manufacture for Marine Construction
  • Welding, Machining and Fabrication Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Assessment will include: Online Tests, Short Answer Questions and Assignments.

On successful completion of the course you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance (2463-02).


The course modules are:

  • Induction – State the role of the Education and Training Board and the planned outcomes and conditions attached to the course, identify individual learning techniques and styles, describe and apply good safety, health and welfare practices, conform to the rules of the training location, state the basic principles involved in environmental issues, outline the emergency evacuation procedures and explain the meaning of equal opportunities.


  • Safety and Manual Handling – List the various duties performed by construction operatives and other construction site personnel. Observe all construction site safety procedures and accident prevention measures including safe practice in the operation of small plant and equipment. State the statutory regulations relating to the manual handling of loads. Explain the anatomy and physiology of the spine as it applies to manual handling. Use correct techniques to lift, set down, push and pull a load.


  • Safepass – Work on construction sites without being a danger to yourself or others. Promote a safety culture by understanding your duties and responsibilities at work, including accident reporting and emergency procedures, working safely at heights, safe working procedures in excavations and confined spaces, safety precautions when working with electricity and underground and overhead services, use of personal protective equipment, safety rules when using vehicles and mobile plant, correct lifting and carrying techniques, proper health and hygiene practices, and safe use of hand-held equipment, tools and machinery.


  • First Aid Responder (FAR) –  Describe the role and responsibilities of the first aid responder, assess patients, deal with respiratory emergencies, act as a cardiac first responder using both CPR and AED, and deal with different types of injuries, altered levels of consciousness, musculoskeletal injuries, burns, scalds, chemicals, poisonings and electric shocks.


  • Introduction to the Marine Industry – This mandatory unit is concerned with safety awareness and communication skills needed to work effectively in the marine industry. It covers health and safety, interaction with other employees and an understanding of the terminology and structure of the industry.


  • Principles of Boatbuilding Technology – This mandatory unit is concerned with the selection and use of materials, tools and equipment and their application in boat building maintenance and support operations.


  • Marine Engineering – Process & Principles – This mandatory unit is concerned with the selection and use of materials, tools and equipment and their application in marine engineering operations.


  • Servicing & Maintenance of Marine Engines – This unit is concerned with the servicing and maintenance of marine engines. It covers servicing and maintenance of engines, resources and information required and basic servicing.


  • Composite Manufacture for Marine Construction –  This unit is about the requirements for successful production of components in composite materials related to marine construction. It includes wet lay ups, use of pre-preg materials, interpretation of drawings, specifications, planning moulding and lay ups. It also covers the operations required to produce components and safe working practices to complete composite construction.


  • Welding, Machining & Fabrication Skills – This unit is concerned with the key welding, machining and fabrication skills concerned with establishing reinstatement requirements, carrying out repairs to boat structures, and servicing and maintaining boats.


  • Career Planning – Plan and achieve realistic work goals. Outline the factors which underpin and influence the labour market and affect local job opportunities, identify the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, identify and explore personal strengths, talents, goals and values linked to employment opportunities, conduct a job search, i.e. source and pursue potential employment opportunities, compose a letter of application, CV and application form and prepare for job interviews.


  • In-Company Training – Work independently, while under general supervision, in a company or specific vocational context related to construction skills and carry out vocationally related construction tasks over a period of time. List the personal, work related and transferable skills acquired on the training programme which were practised and further developed on in-company training.

This is a traineeship where a minimum of 30% of the learning takes places on-the-job. It offers a rich learning experience by combining periods of instructor led tuition with periods of supervised work practice that gives participants the time to acquire and perfect the variety and standard of skills required by industry.  The training methods include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, supervised practice, simulated work environment, and giving and receiving feedback.  Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process.  They must complete a number of practical tasks and assignments throughout the course.  A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include project work and theory exams.


  • Reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • Junior Certificate or equivalent level of education.
  • Demonstrate an interest in working in boat building, boat yards and marine engineering facilities.
  • Good hand-arm co-ordination.
  • Good verbal English language skills.
  • Ability to measure and calculate materials.
  • Willing and able to work outdoors for long periods.
  • Reasonable level of physical fitness.

This qualification is ideal for candidates in the marine industry looking to gain or improve their qualifications. It is also a great starting point for anyone wanting to train as a marine engineer.