Marine Engineer Class 2 (MEC 2)
Your MEC 2 certificate is valid for five years.
With a MEC 2 certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of:
- second engineer on ships of any main propulsion power in any operating area
- chief engineer on fishing ships of any propulsion power in any operating area
From MEC 2, with additional sea service, training and assessment you can progress to MEC 2 endorsed chief engineer or to MEC 1.
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 certificate.
- hold a current MEC 3 certificate of competency or equivalent
- prove you have the minimum sea service requirements
- complete and pass the approved qualification for MEC 2 (not currently available in New Zealand)
- have the required STCW ancillary certificates
- pass Maritime NZ’s final exam
- prove that you are a fit and proper person and
- 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 (MEC 2)[PDF: 255Kb, 22 pages]
The application fee for this certificate is $368, which includes goods and services tax (GST)
This is the application process for this certificate of competency.
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