Students are immersed in an internationally recognized co-operative marine engineering cadet program designed in co-operation with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) and Canada’s shipping companies. Students focus on developing competencies required to function as part of a shipboard marine engineering team. Content includes, and is based upon, the TCMSS Engineering Officer Education Training (EOET) program requirements.
The final two semesters are open to anyone holding an STCW Reg. III/1 Marine Engineer Certificate of Competency. These students can apply for advanced standing exempting them from the first two years of the program. Upon completion of semesters five and six, they may be exempted from written examinations for 2nd and Chief Engineer Officer.
NOTE: This is a TCMSS approved program.
Additional program specific fee information for Marine Engineering Technician
Why study Marine Engineering Technician at Georgian?
Life aboard ship is like no other! If the sea is calling you, an education at the Georgian's Centre for Marine Training and Research can be the start of an exciting and rewarding career.
Our grads get great jobs
Marine industry employers like what they see in our graduates. A shortage of qualified engineering and navigation officers in Canada and abroad means our graduates are in demand. Our graduates find rewarding jobs with rapid advancement, working on the great lakes and on ships at sea worldwide. Starting salaries range from $58,000 to $70,000.
The Centre for Marine Training and Research is Canada's most advanced marine simulation and research centre. Located in beautiful Owen Sound, Ontario, the facility recently underwent an extensive $8-million renovation to enhance hands-on training for students.
This program was developed in co-operation with Transport Canada and national shipping companies and relationships with those partner organizations remain strong. Marine companies support this program by providing a variety of inland and coastal placements for cadet work terms, which can lead to employment upon graduation.
Students learn through a progressive mix of skills training, shipboard training and academic studies, including navigation training in our marine simulators. The program involves four academic semesters accompanied by two mandatory co-op terms. Engineering cadets (students) get a total of 210 days of sea time over those two work terms.
This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).
This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.
Graduates are educated and trained to become marine engineer officers of the watch. They may find a rewarding career as a ship’s engineering officer on board commercial vessels such as bulk carriers, tugs, ferries, tankers, cruise ships, coast guard and fishing vessels throughout Canada and the world. This program may also lead to positions of leadership in the marine industry. Graduates may earn academic exemptions and credentials to advance to Chief Engineer pending further shipboard experience and higher level short training courses.
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
This is a fully integrated co-operative education program, wherein the cadet will participate in semesters of academic study at the Owen Sound Campus, interspersed with work term placements onboard ships. Hence, undergraduates are involved in work activities directly related to their educational objectives.
Every effort is made to arrange work term placements, however, cadets must qualify for such and no guarantee of placement can be made.
Canadian flagged ships only accept Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents for employment. International students are encouraged to investigate Co-op opportunities prior to commencing studies. Cadets may be subjected to adverse environmental conditions while on board ship (noise, dirt, dust, confined quarters and heavy lifting). Anyone with known allergies should consult with the Co-op department.
International applicants must sign a letter to acknowledge that Transport Canada does not issue Marine Certificates of Competency (Marine Licence) to non-Canadians.
Eligibility to enter the U.S.
Although not a Georgian College admission requirement, all shipping companies, whether Canadian or foreign, which have vessels trading in U.S. ports, require that all their shipboard personnel be eligible to legally enter the U.S.
Students interested in obtaining the TCMSS engineering certificates must comply with their legal requirements as described in the Canada Shipping Act Marine Personnel Regulations. These include proof of Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent resident status and a valid marine medical certificate.
Marine Emergency Duties, Propulsion Plant Simulator, and Maritime Security courses are also requirements for certification by TCMSS. These courses are provided at Georgian College at an extra fee.
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
Applicants must provide a valid Transport Canada Marine Medical stating "fit for sea service" or "fit for sea service with limitations". In the case of an applicant with a certificate "fit for sea service with limitations", the application will be reviewed for admission.
For advanced standing entry into the 3rd year (Semester 5 and 6) of the program, the following additional requirements apply:
- Graduates of a Marine Engineering Cadet Training Program in Canada, (Georgian METC graduates meet this requirement), or
- holders of a Certificate of Competency as a Marine Engineer issued under the STCW Convention, or
- equivalent level of knowledge demonstrated through an interview and portfolio of experience
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/