Marine Engine Driver

Marine Engine Drivers work in the engine room of a vessel and are in charge of the operation and maintenance of motorised equipment on small commercial vessels. Eligibility for this role includes specified periods of sea service.

As a Marine Engine Driver (Grade III) individuals are restricted to working on vessels of up to 250 kilowatts offshore, or 500kw inshore. The next step is to attain further qualifications as a Marine Engine Driver (Grade II), allowing individuals to work on vessels up to 500kw offshore, or 750kw inshore.

Individuals may choose to further their qualifications and become a Marine Engine Driver (Grade I), allowing individuals to work on vessels up to 1500kw in restricted offshore areas, or 750kw in Australian Coastal or middle waters.

A career as a Marine Engine Driver is the starting point for those seeking a career within the Maritime sector as a Marine Engineer (Class 3).

Industry facts

  • The Maritime sector employs approximately 40,000 people in Australia
  • There are 3 grades of Marine Engine Driver (MED I, MED II, MED III). Each one relates to a particular size and power of ship.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to become a Marine Engine Driver.
  • Marine Engine Drivers must have excellent vision and possess a First Aid Certificate.
  • This job role is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Entry Qualifications

A trainee or cadet must be 18 years of age.

Licence:

  • AMSA Certificates of Competency apply to this role dependent on vessel type/size.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2)
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Steam)

Estimated Salary

Expected salaries for this occupation will vary across Australia in accordance to the Marine Engine Driver Grading (III, II or I).

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