Marine Engineer Class 2 on ships less than 3000 kilowatts

Find information on training, sea service and other requirements for the Marine Engineer Class 2 on ships less than 3000 kilowatts certificate, including how to apply and pay for your certificate, and where to find more help.

Your MEC 2 <3000kW certificate is valid for five years.

With MEC 2 <3000kW, you can perform the functions and duties of a second engineer on ships with main propulsion machinery under 3000kW in any operating area. The second engineer is the engineer officer next in rank to the chief engineer officer and is responsible for the ship’s mechanical propulsion, and for the operation and maintenance of its mechanical and electrical installations in the event of incapacity of the chief engineer officer.

With MEC 2 <3000kW you can perform the functions and duties of an officer in charge of an engineering watch or a duty engineer on ships of any propulsion power.

From MEC 2 <3000kW, with additional sea service, training and assessment you can progress to MEC 2 or MEC 2 endorsed chief engineer.


Before you spend time doing sea service and training, we recommend you check that you can meet the medical fitness and eyesight standards (including for colour vision), and that you understand the fit and proper person requirements.

A summary of the requirements for this certificate is provided below. You need to meet all of these requirements to get your MEC 2 <3000 kW certificate.

  • hold a current certificate of competency as MEC 3 or equivalent
  • prove that you have the minimum sea service requirements
  • complete and pass the approved qualification for MEC 2 <3000 kW (not currently available in New Zealand)
  • have the required STCW ancillary certificates
  • pass Maritime NZ’s final examination
  • prove that you are a fit and proper person
  • be medically fit and have good eyesight.

You must also have English conversation, reading and writing skills appropriate to the responsibilities and functions for the level of your certificate, so that you can satisfactorily complete training, pass examinations and discharge your duties.

Each of these requirements and how to prove that you meet them is explained in the full guideline below.

Marine Engineer Class 2 on ships less than 3000 kilowatts[PDF: 255Kb, 22 pages]


The application fee for this certificate is $368, which includes goods and services tax (GST)

Application process

This is the application process for this certificate of competency.

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