Engine Room Rating Training Program (2007) - TP 10933 E



1.1 Background

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers ( STCW ) sets out the mandatory minimum requirements for ratings forming part of an engine room watch.

Regulation III/4 of the STCW Convention requires ratings who form part of an engine room watch to be proficient in duties, responsibilities and procedures of keeping an engine room watch.

The STCW Code Section A-III/4 sets out the mandatory minimum requirements for certification of Engine-room Ratings.

Graduates from this training program, when the program is approved, are credited three months of qualifying service applicable to the Engine-room Rating and Fourth-class Engineer certificates.

1.2 Objectives

To provide training for seafarers aspiring to obtain a certificate of competency as Engineroom Rating;

To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to understand the specific duties and responsibilities relating to the safe operation and servicing of machinery in the engine room of a vessel.

1.3 Program duration

240 hours in the classroom and labs, including practical exercises and visits to ships or other industrial plants.

1.4 Specific instructor qualifications

The main course instructor must hold an engineer certificate of competency not lower than third-class, motor or steam. If the course is under the supervision of more than one instructor, the assistant instructor must hold qualifications related to the marine industry or have related skills and be approved by Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage

1.5 Evaluation of students

Evaluation of the students will be based on:

  • Attendance, which should be 100% excepting cases of illness or extenuating circumstances,
  • Ongoing evaluation by the instructor of homework, class projects and general behaviour during the training,
  • Formal final examination that may be written, oral or a combination of both.

1.6 Passing grade

Candidates must obtain not less than 60% marks overall to successfully complete their training.

Approval of Training Programs

2.1 General

Canada’s accession to the STCW Convention means that all approved marine training programs and courses must be delivered and monitored through a quality management system.

2.2 Recognized institution

Courses are to be provided by a “recognized institution” as defined in the Marine Personnel Regulations. Approval procedures are provided in the chapter entitled Approval of Marine Training Courses and Programs of the Quality Management Manual – Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage, published by the Department of Transport, Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage Directorate.

Institutions must submit for approval their course syllabus, training manual, instructor qualifications and any other information required by the above-mentioned document to the following address:

Marine Personnel Standards & Pilotage
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
330 Sparks St, Tower C, 8th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8

Program Syllabus


  • The function, operation and servicing of main propulsion and auxiliary machinery
  • Watchkeeping procedures and ability to carry out a watch routine
  • The use of hand tools and portable power tools
  • Function, operation and servicing of the various pumping systems
  • Safe working practices related to engine room operations
  • Technical terms used in the machinery spaces and names of all relevant machinery details and equipment
  • Ability to read indicating instruments related to watchkeeping duties and understand the significance of the readings
  • Maintenance of temperatures, pressures, and proper oil/water levels in engine room
  • The use of appropriate internal communication systems
  • Escape routes from the engine room
  • Engine room alarms and ability to distinguish between the various alarms, with special reference to fire suppression systems
  • Familiarity with the location and use of firefighting equipment in the machinery spaces
  • Familiarity with the location and use of environmental protection equipment
  • Ability to understand and be understood by the engineer in charge of the watch
  • Ability to read, write and interpret instructions and messages related to watchkeeping duties