Course Description

Studies diesel engine systems and various methods of application. Engine operation, installation, and maintenance are also considered, as well as diesel engine drive trains and torque conversion. The lab is divided between shipboard systems and the diesel lab ashore. [Lab time required]

This course consists of three 1-hour classes a week for a semester, six 6-hour labs with practical assessments, and a comprehensive final exam.

Entrance requirements

STCW Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

  • OICEW-A4.2 Safety and emergency procedures for operation of propulsion plant control systems
  • OICEW-A4.3 Preparation, operation, fault detection and measures to prevent damage for main engine and associated auxiliaries
  • OICEW-B1.2 Main propulsion plant operational control systems

Demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:


  1. Fuels and fuel injection systems
  2. Governors and engine speed control
  3. Lubricants and lubrication systems
  4. Engine cooling systems
  5. Air intake systems
  6. Supercharging and exhaust gas systems
  7. Waste heat recovery and auxiliary boilers
  8. Starting and reversing and drive trains
  9. Engine emissions

Other objectives

  • Correctly start and operate a diesel engine
  • Correctly maintain and repair diesel engines.
  • Troubleshoot operational problems
  • Be able to pass the USCG license exam for third assistant engineer, motor section.
  • Act as a mature, thoughtful critically thinking professional.

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