MCA Approved Engine Course Part 2, AEC 2


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5 Days Course ***Complies with the 2020 Amendments***

PRICE: £950.00 ex. VAT

The MCA Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2) is approved by the UK’s Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is ideal for the owners or operators of small inshore commercial and pleasure vessels. The AEC part 2 would also benefit the junior engineering staff working in or expecting to work in the engineering department of a superyacht.

Delivery of the content is split into both classroom activities and practical application. It comprises of approximately 50% theory and 50% practical work.  It covers safe engineering working practices, basic operation of engineering systems such as refrigeration, legislation (books and records) maintenance systems and techniques, safe systems of work, lifting and slinging, electrical supply system, hydraulic systems, freshwater, sewage systems and planned maintenance systems.

Course outcomes :

  • The components and their arrangement in a compression type refrigerant plant and basic fault finding
  • Legislative and management requirements within engineering operations
  • Knowledge of maintenance systems on-board
  • Knowledge of safe systems of work within an engineering environment
  • Knowledge of safe operations when undertaking lifting and/or slinging operations:
  • Knowledge of the electrical distribution system on-board
  • Knowledge to maintain basic hydraulic systems
  • Knowledge and the practical skills to undertake basic maintenance
  • Knowledge and the practical skills to undertake basic maintenance
  • Knowledge of the Fresh Water system onboard
  • Knowledge of the Sewage system onboard


AEC 2 is a mandatory 5 days course for students enrolled in the new small vessel route to second engineer.

The objective of the AEC 2 course is to provide students, with theoretical knowledge and practical hands on experience of additional areas, as laid down in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) AEC 2 syllabus. The aim is to enable them to meet the COC requirements of the new common “Small Vessel” (Yachts, Tugs, Fishing Vessels, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels, of less than 3000 GT and Power Less than 9,000 kW with Unlimited Area of operation.) It forms part of the required modules to enter the industry as a junior/assistant engineer, with the ability to progress through to the Small Vessel Second Engineer Officer qualification.

When combined with AEC part 1, this unit can also be included as part of the award for an MCA’s Marine Engine Operators Licence (MEOL) which is the licenses required by the Chief Engineer on UK Flagged vessel of less than 750 kW operating in near coastal waters (150 miles from the nearest shore)

Minimum age 18 years old.

The candidate must have successfully completed the AEC 1 course or a recognised equivalent. It is the responsibility of the candidate to produce evidence that their equivalent qualification to AEC 1 has been accepted by the MCA as being a satisfactory equivalent

All equipment to complete the course will be provided. You just need to bring a pair of overalls and suitable footwear. It may be beneficial to bring a laptop in order to access some information given on a memory stick, this is not essential.

If you are unsure of which prerequisites you may need for a course, please go to to check.

Stream House
Building 29
Campsie Drive
Glasgow Airport

Course Dates:

24 May 2021, 12 Jul 2021, 23 Aug 2021, Please contact us for more dates