Marine Engineer Class 3 (MEC 3)

Find information on training, sea service and other requirements for the MEC 3 certificate, including how to apply and pay for your certificate, and where to find more help.

Your MEC 3 certificate is valid for five years.

With this certificate, you can perform the following functions and duties for the vessel propulsion type you specialise in, on ships powered by main propulsion machinery, in any operational area:

  • officer in charge of an engineering watch at an operational level in a manned engine room
  • designated duty engineer in a periodically unmanned engine room.

From MEC 3, you can progress to MEC 2 (second engineer) (includes MEC 2 ECE and MEC 2 <3000 kW) and MEC 1 (chief engineer).


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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