Approved Engine Course AEC1 & AEC2

We pride ourselves of providing quality courses  emphasizing the practical element a critical requirement in the yachting industry.  Our engineering courses are aligned with the MCA guidelines MSN 1859.  Regretfully due to delays caused by COVID’19 our AEC1 & AEC 2 and Small Vessel engineering courses are awaiting accreditation by the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency).  We are in constant consultation with the MCA and will post updates when there is a change in status.   For further enquiries, kindly email:  info@yachtsmartmaritimeacademy.com

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Approved Engine Course AEC1

The MCA Approved Engine Course AEC 1 is the first level of the MCA Engineering Officer training scheme.

The Approved Engine Course (AEC 1) teaches candidates the basic theory of mechanical and electrical operations of marine diesel engines. 

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years
  • The normal basic requirements namely STCW and ENG1 to work on any vessel will apply

Duration: 5 Days

In the first part of the course, you will be introduced to fundamental concepts in the yacht industry, as well as various concepts associated with basic engine operation. The concepts that will be covered, includes the following:

  • Basic Seamanship
  • Legislation
  • Introduction to Engines
    • Fuel systems
    • Air systems
    • Cooling systems
    • Oil systems
    • Electrical systems
  • Propeller and Stern Glands
  • Control systems
  • Tools and working practices
  • Fault Finding
  • Winterizing
  • Gearboxes
  • Safety
  • Introduction to Electrical and Gas Systems

Who should do this course

The AEC 1 course is aimed at enhancing the careers of students pursuing a career in the yachting industry. All Deck Crew will be required at some stage of their career to perform duties of technical nature. The AEC 1 covers the theory related to engines and marine regulations which lays the foundation of these basic elements. 

Qualifying experience for all the higher engineering qualifications is only recognized if the person holds an AEC so no progress is possible without this certificate, which, in terms of the MCA requirements for commercially and privately operated yachts, means that without an Approved Engine Course (AEC1) qualification, a crew member cannot progress through the rest of the engineering qualifications, namely: AEC 2, Small Vessel Second Engineer (formerly Y4) < 200GT and < 1,500kW, Small Vessel Chief Engineer (formerly Y3) < 500GT and < 3,000kW, Small Vessel Chief Engineer (formerly Y2/Y1) < 3,000GT and < 9,000kW.

Captain/Engineers and even Deck Crew of smaller yachts will find their job prospects greatly enhanced if their resume includes basic engineering qualifications.

Students are to bring their own overall and footgear

Approved Engine Course AEC2

Entry Requirements:

  1. Candidates must be aged 18 or over and
  2. Must be in possession of MCA approved AEC 1 course or equivalent acceptable certificate

Please note: the normal basic requirements namely STCW and ENG1 to work on any vessel will apply

Course Description

The Approved Engine Course  AEC 2  is a MCA  Accredited course designed to benefit the junior engineer or to be engineer of a Super Yacht.

This course consist of a theory and practical part with a 50% split on classroom activities and practical application. This course covers safe engineering practices, basic operation of engineering systems such as refrigeration, legislation, maintenance systems and techniques, safe systems of work, lifting and slinging, electrical supply systems, hydraulic systems, fresh water, sewage systems and planned maintenance systems.

The course is designed to enhance the career of the engineer.

Training Outcome

There are twelve outcomes to the training:

Outcome 1 – The learner understands the components and their arrangement in a compression type refrigerant plant and understand basic fault finding

Outcome 2 – Demonstrate a knowledge of the legislative and management requirements within engineering operations

Outcome 3 – Demonstrate knowledge of maintenance systems on-board

Outcome 4 – Demonstrate the knowledge of safe systems of work within an engineering environment

Outcome 5 – Demonstrate the knowledge of safe operations when undertaking lifting and/or slinging operations:

Outcome 6 – Demonstrate the knowledge of the electrical distribution system on-

Outcome 7 – Demonstrate knowledge to maintain basic hydraulic systems

Outcome 8 – Demonstrate knowledge and the practical skills to undertake basic maintenance

Outcome 9 – Demonstrate knowledge and the practical skills to undertake basic maintenance

Outcome 10 – Demonstrate knowledge of the Fresh Water system onboard.

Outcome 11- Demonstrate knowledge of the Sewage system onboard.

Who Should Do the Course:

The AEC 2 is a mandatory 5 days.  This certificate allows the student appointment to 2nd engineer as per newly defined route for small vessels.

This course is aimed at enabling students to meet the COC requirements of the newly defined  Small Vessels (Yachts, Tugs, Fishing Vessels, Seismic Survey vessels etc. to less than 3000GT and power less than 9 000 kw with unlimited operation) en-route to a junior/assistant engineer and progress through the Small Vessel 2nd Engineer Officer qualification.

When combined with AEC part 1, this unit can also be included as part of the award for an MCA’s Marine Engine Operators License (MEOL) which is the licenses required by the Chief Engineer on UK Flagged vessel of less than 750 kW operating in near coastal waters (150 miles from the nearest shore)

All equipment to complete the course will be provided.

Students are to bring their own overall and footwear

The AEC 2 Course has an assessment. The assessment will assess theory and practical knowledge of the AEC 2 material.

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