Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Marine Electrical Engineering) (22T)

Overview  2016


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.



Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This advanced diploma is aimed at individuals wanting a career in the international shipping industry. Graduates will become Electro-Technical Officers on commercial vessels. It is suitable for students who complete Australian Year 12 studies (or equivalent), as well as trade personnel and existing seafarers wishing to upgrade their qualifications.

On completion of the course, graduates will have the knowledge and skills required to undertake Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) oral examination for Certificate of Competency as ETO.

Course content includes engineering fundamentals, marine electrical engineering, marine legislation, shipboard safety, controls systems, and management.This course is fully compliant with the education and training requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 as amended.

Course Coordinator: Gamini Lokuketagoda /

  • Year 1 - Pre Sea Engine
  • Year 2 - Engineer Watchkeeper

Understanding marine electrical engineering

1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of marine electrical engineering by:

1.1. Applying the electrical engineering principles and concepts to advance their understanding of the marine electrical engineering.

1.2. Recognising that marine electrical engineering is multidisciplinary.

1.3. Applying concepts (for example, from electrical, electronics, control engineering and information technology) in a holistic manner to specific issues relevant to the maritime industry.

1.4. Translating it into solutions for problems and issues associated with the maritime industry.

Knowledge of the marine electrical engineering and its systems

2. Exhibit depth and breadth of marine electrical engineering knowledge by:

2.1. Demonstrating well-developed knowledge in, electrical electronics and control systems engineering, repair and maintenance and emergency procedures to follow when taking care of wellbeing of persons on-board.

2.2. Explaining the role and significance of relevant knowledge in developing and managing marine electrical, electronic and control systems

2.3 Analyse emergency situations and organise effective response.

Inquiry and problem solving

3. Critically analyse and solve specific marine electrical engineering problems by:

3.1. Gathering and interpreting data /information from a range of sources relevant to the issue at hand.

3.2. Selecting and correctly applying relevant and appropriate practical and/or theoretical techniques to monitor systems and plan effective maintenance of electrical plant and machinery.

3.4. Interpreting quantitative and qualitative data in order to apply knowledge to marine electrical engineering studies, problems and issues.


4. Be effective communicators of engineering by:

4.1. Using appropriate written and oral forms to communicate understanding of concepts and principles of marine electrical, electronics and control engineering, repair and maintenance with the key stake holders of the industry, such as shipping companies, classification societies, charterers, flag states, port states etc.

4.2. Being aware of the importance of selecting appropriate means of communication with the wider

Community for the safe operation of ships and protection of the marine environment.

Personal and professional responsibility

5. Be accountable for the own learning and work by:

5.1. Being independent and self-directed learners

5.2. Working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context.

5.3. Demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to the marine environment.5.4. Personally practising ethical conduct in your work.

Career outcomes

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Marine Electrical Engineering) is the recognised pathway to becoming an AMSA certified electro-technology officer. This degree provides additional knowledge and skills that will be of benefit to students seeking a career at sea. The degree will also equip professional engineering officers with the additional knowledge and skills that they are likely to require to take up senior shore-based professional positions such as:

  • Governmental or intergovernmental regulators and organisations such as AMSA, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMO (International Maritime Organization)
  • Senior position in a shipyard
  • Technical manager in a shipping company
  • Marine superintendent or safety manager in a shipping company
  • Product, R&D, sales and service managers in companies manufacturing marine engines and equipment
  • Surveyor in a Classification Society
  • Marine Surveyor with a Port State Control  authority such as AMSA
  • Work in Marine insurance companies

Professional Recognition

The Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Marine Electrical Engineering) is approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for eligibility towards the following Certificates of Competency: Electro-technology Officer.

Course structure

Phase 1 - Pre sea education and training at the Newnham Campus (Launceston)

Phase 2 - Shipboard Operational Experience / Work book units – Sea-time*

Phase 3 - ETO education and training at the Newnham Campus (Launceston)

See career / training pathways diagrams later in this document for phase lengths and course structure.*A cadetship or employment with a shipping company is required in order to complete the seatime phases of this course. Employment may be sought either before or after Year 1 (Pre Sea) studies. For information on how to secure a cadetship, please

Entry requirements

Pre Sea Engine

Satisfactory completion of:

  • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) with a pass in Mathematics Applied (or equivalent)
  • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) Physics or Chemistry or a physical science subject.
  • Australian Year 10 pass in English (or equivalent)
  • Minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 60 (or equivalent)
  • International students require IELTS of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band (or equivalent)

Domestic applicants who do not possess the prerequisites can undertake relevant foundation units free of charge through the University to meet the required standard.

For information on how to secure a cadetship, please visit:


  • Holds a workshop skills equivalent qualification. There are 11 trades specified  OR another approved qualification that includes workshop skulls as specified with STCW Code Table A-III/1 column 1
  • Engineering Experience Training (for a person with a unrestricted State/Territory issued Engineer Class 3 or Engineer Class 3 NC) as determined by the training organisation taking into account any relevant education, skills or practical experience as specified with STCW Code Table A-III/1 column 1

Students who hold a current AMSA Certificate of Safety Training (COST) or have completed any of  the STCW short courses please contact the  Australian Maritime College  Maritime Training Administration Office as this may affect your start date.

Our contact details are:

From within Australia:  03 6324

Students who have completed AdvDipAppSci(MEE) can articulate to the BAppSci(MEE) program offered by AMC with full credit.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Additional costs

AMSA Fees - Sea time Assessment / Oral Examination / Optional Short Courses / Sea Safety Certificate

How can we help?

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