MCA Marine Diesel Engineering Small Vessel
Course 444SV

MPT is the most complete full service private maritime school in the country and has been training mariners since 1983. Our Fort Lauderdale based campuses host over 45,000 square feet of classrooms, deck and engineering training labs, the Ship's Store, and student service facilities.

Preparing for MCA Marine Diesel Engineering Small Vessel

Course Description

Small Vessel - Marine Diesel Engineering

This course forms part of the new second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9000kW and less than 3,000GT (unlimited area). It is designed for those engineering candidates applying for their engineering certification through the MCA, and preparing for the SQA Exam Marine Diesel Engineering for SV. This course may also be beneficial to those ambitious mariners who would like to learn more about the subject matter or will be applying for this certificate in the future.

 The course is 5 days with a written exam on the last day. The syllabus for this course is defined by the MCA Exam Syllabus and includes instructor led lectures on the below listed subjects as well as practice exams and general guidance. 

  •  Working principles of diesel
  • Engines and petrol engines
  • Constructional details
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Heat exchangers and cooling systems
  • Fuel oils and preparation
  • Lubrication system
  • Turbochargers
  • Starting systems
  • Gear Box & Clutches

It is strongly recommended that candidates are well prepared for the exam by obtaining the course notes early and studying them thoroughly.

6 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Required Materials

PASSPORT for Photo ID, Paper, Pencil, Highlighter, Workshop Clothes, and Closed Toe Shoes daily. PASSPORT for Photo ID, Paper, Pencil, Highlighter, and Scientific Calculator, Laptop Computer or other digital device for online research while in class. MPT & the MCA recommend that students receive textbooks/course notes well in advance, as most candidates will NOT be successful without significant advance study and preparation. Keep in mind that these examinations are based on your years of experience, your pre-study and engineering concepts that cannot be taught in their entirety either through this course or through the course book. We also recommend studying your manufacturer’s manuals and books from the bibliography of the textbook as well as any other books on the subject matter. Please call to make arrangements to receive your books in advance. SQA Application must also be received by MPT at least 2-3 weeks prior to examinations to prevent SQA late fees and ensure exam availability – anyone not submitting the SQA applications in time may forfeit the opportunity to take the exam during their course and may have to reschedule the exam to a later date.