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HNC/FdSc Professional Superyacht Engineer

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LOCATION & START DATE
Falmouth Marine School - 9 September 2024
LEVEL
Level 5 Levels Explained
DURATION
2 years
LEARNING AREA
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ATTENDANCE
Full-time

HNC/FdSc Professional Superyacht Engineer

The HNC & FDSC Professional Superyacht Engineer programme has been developed to be a part of study programme supported by a commercial yachting organisation to deliver practical sea-going experience.

This career focused programme focuses upon learners completing the HNC and the FDSC Professional Superyacht Engineer programme alongside a period of sea-going study to gain the professional qualifications required for employment within the maritime sector. Learners will gain the required academic modules and commercial qualifications (Royal Yachting Association and Maritime Coastguard Agency) for employment within the maritime industries.

To find out more about this course, or express an interest in applying please email us on falmouthmarineschool@cornwall.ac.uk

What you will learn

This industry led programme has been designed for those who aspire to be the future Engineers and Chief Engineers of the superyacht sector working onboard vessels both power and sail.

The HNC & FDSC Professional Superyacht Engineer programme is developed through collaboration and feedback with the super yacht industry. The programme represents a hybrid approach based on traditional marine engineering expertise that is combined with a strong focus on the current and future skills needed to support the technological and sustainable development of the sector.

The programme blends practical MCA/RYA maritime training with HNC/FdSc academic study and engineering workshop skills, alongside occupational and professional competencies, to give deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics and an edge for employment for your future career choices. It follows the guidance of the MCA MIN 1904 (M+F) UK Requirements for Engineer Officers Small Vessel Certificate of Competency. Leading to qualification as Engineer Officer of the Watch, EOOW unlimited less than 9,000 kW, less than 3000 GT Certificate of Competency.

Falmouth Marine School will also support learners with time spent on developing a personal career plan, focusing on personal goals, and the importance of their own professionalism, resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. Our learners will have access to a personal industry mentor, extensive industry tutorials, industry speakers, independent careers advice and support throughout their time at sea and ashore.

Academic & Maritime Training

The Superyacht Engineer career programme requires an overall minimum of three years commitment to education, training and paid employment as crew, onboard superyachts. This programme does not follow the traditional academic year. as it is designed around the superyacht season. It is initially studied in intensive blocks of sea-going training with our RYA/MCA training partner, and formal delivery and practical workshop experience at Falmouth Marine School, which is delivered over five full days a week.

Year One and Two comprise an overall 18 months spent at Falmouth Marine School completing the HNC and FdSc elements, together with RYA/MCA classroom and on the water training. On completion of this stage of the programme learners will be ready to commence employment and will be given support to achieve their first fully paid position as crew onboard a superyacht, power or sail.

This is followed by a year to 18 months minimum, working as fully paid crew onboard superyachts, based worldwide, where learners will gain experience and prerequisite sea-time towards their certificate of competency.

Year 1 Indicative Modules

• Mathematics for Marine Engineers
• Applied Mechanics for Marine Engineers
• Super Yacht Construction for Marine Engineers
• Marine Engineering
• Computer Aided Drawing for Marine Engineers
• Electro-technology for Marine Engineers
• Work Experience for Marine Engineers


Year 2 Indicative Modules

• Finite Element Analysis for Marine Engineers
• Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers
• Control and Instrumentation System for Marine Engineers
• Further Electro-technology for Marine Engineers
• Applied Thermodynamics & Fluidics for Marine Engineers
• Research Project for Marine Engineers


Entry requirements

GCSE English & Maths at “C” grade/ Level 5 grade

48 UCAS points

Applications from mature learners that do not meet the above requirements will be considered

Those interested in the program will be required to complete an application process and attend and successfully complete, an interview day at Falmouth Marine School, prior to applying through UCAS.

Applicants will be required to pass an MCA ENG1 medical examination to commence employment in the commercial yacht industry and this should be undertaken prior to the start of their training at FMS. Certain factors that may prevent them from passing this include; colour blindness, short sightedness, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, mental illness and alcoholism. Seafarer medical certificates: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There are additional costs for this programme to cover the cost of the additional RYA/MCA maritime and engineering training. You may be able to get help with this, please contact us for more information.

Work experience

Learners will be required to undertake a period of sea-study with a commercial partner to Falmouth Marine School and will also complete the following marine related qualifications in Year One and Two of the study program

- RYA Yachtmaster Coastal
- MCA STCW Basic Safety Training
- MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
- MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1
- MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2
- Approved 70-hour Workshop skills Program
- RYA Powerboat Level 2
- RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency
- RYA Safety Boat
- RYA Tender Operator Course
- RYA Short Range Radio
- Mental Health Awareness for Seafarers
- IAMI GUEST Introduction to Yachting & Yachting Life: Unit 23

Assessment

Assessment for the academic studies is through a mix of written assignment work, practical demonstration, presentation skills and in-class exams.

All other RYA/ MCA/ IAMI qualifications will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of each individual awarding body

Progression

After spending time working at sea in the superyacht sector, learners may then return to complete the final required modules towards the MCA Engineer Officer of the Watch 3000gt in accordance with MIN 1904. Once completed, learners will be required, to pass the final oral exam, this brings a conclusion to the program.

Year Three Final MCA Modules:

- Marine Diesel Engineering
- Auxiliary Equipment Part – 1
- Operational procedures, Basic Hotel Services and Ship Construction
- MCA HELM Operational
- MCA PCSRB (Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats)
- MCA Advanced Fire Fighting
- MCA Medical First Aid

Learners will be qualified as STCW lll/2 Engineer Officer of the Watch, EOOW unlimited less than 9,000 kW, less than 3000 GT CoC.

Those interested in the program will be required to complete an application process and attend and successfully complete, an interview day at Falmouth Marine School, prior to applying through UCAS.

Applicants will be required to pass an MCA ENG1 medical examination prior to the start of their training at FMS. Certain factors that may prevent them from passing this include; colour blindness, short sightedness, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, mental illness and alcoholism. Seafarer medical certificates: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There are additional costs for this programme to cover the cost of the additional RYA/MCA maritime and engineering training. You may be able to get help with this, contact us for more information.

Academic Progression Route:

All of those learners that successfully complete their HNC/FdSc studies, will have the opportunity to progress on to a range of final year honours degree options. For those wishing to attend as full time students, Plymouth University offer access to the final year of the following programs:

- Level 6 BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture
- Level 6 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
- Level 6 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites

For those wishing to study via supported, online, distance learning, whilst working onboard, there is an agreed progression route with award winning MLA College who actively design degree level study programs that are achievable by professional seafarers working around their normal working routines whilst at sea or ashore.

- BSc (Hons) Sustainable Maritime Operations.

Falmouth Marine School

Falmouth Marine School

With a modern campus in the centre of Falmouth and boat workshops on the waterfront, studying at Falmouth Marine School is joyous. Few colleges in the country can boast the exceptional experience you will have, whether it’s studying to become the next marine scientist, marine engineer, boatbuilder, or watersports industry expert. There is a special, friendly and dynamic atmosphere on campus, which is backed up by a supportive and highly knowledgeable team. It’s no surprise that our alumni always recommend Falmouth Marine School to have your #careercollege experience.


This industry led programme has been designed for those who aspire to be the future Engineers and Chief Engineers of the superyacht sector working onboard vessels both power and sail.

The HNC & FDSC Professional Superyacht Engineer programme is developed through collaboration and feedback with the super yacht industry. The programme represents a hybrid approach based on traditional marine engineering expertise that is combined with a strong focus on the current and future skills needed to support the technological and sustainable development of the sector.

The programme blends practical MCA/RYA maritime training with HNC/FdSc academic study and engineering workshop skills, alongside occupational and professional competencies, to give deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics and an edge for employment for your future career choices. It follows the guidance of the MCA MIN 1904 (M+F) UK Requirements for Engineer Officers Small Vessel Certificate of Competency. Leading to qualification as Engineer Officer of the Watch, EOOW unlimited less than 9,000 kW, less than 3000 GT Certificate of Competency.

Falmouth Marine School will also support learners with time spent on developing a personal career plan, focusing on personal goals, and the importance of their own professionalism, resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. Our learners will have access to a personal industry mentor, extensive industry tutorials, industry speakers, independent careers advice and support throughout their time at sea and ashore.

Academic & Maritime Training

The Superyacht Engineer career programme requires an overall minimum of three years commitment to education, training and paid employment as crew, onboard superyachts. This programme does not follow the traditional academic year. as it is designed around the superyacht season. It is initially studied in intensive blocks of sea-going training with our RYA/MCA training partner, and formal delivery and practical workshop experience at Falmouth Marine School, which is delivered over five full days a week.

Year One and Two comprise an overall 18 months spent at Falmouth Marine School completing the HNC and FdSc elements, together with RYA/MCA classroom and on the water training. On completion of this stage of the programme learners will be ready to commence employment and will be given support to achieve their first fully paid position as crew onboard a superyacht, power or sail.

This is followed by a year to 18 months minimum, working as fully paid crew onboard superyachts, based worldwide, where learners will gain experience and prerequisite sea-time towards their certificate of competency.

Year 1 Indicative Modules

• Mathematics for Marine Engineers
• Applied Mechanics for Marine Engineers
• Super Yacht Construction for Marine Engineers
• Marine Engineering
• Computer Aided Drawing for Marine Engineers
• Electro-technology for Marine Engineers
• Work Experience for Marine Engineers


Year 2 Indicative Modules

• Finite Element Analysis for Marine Engineers
• Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers
• Control and Instrumentation System for Marine Engineers
• Further Electro-technology for Marine Engineers
• Applied Thermodynamics & Fluidics for Marine Engineers
• Research Project for Marine Engineers


GCSE English & Maths at “C” grade/ Level 5 grade

48 UCAS points

Applications from mature learners that do not meet the above requirements will be considered

Those interested in the program will be required to complete an application process and attend and successfully complete, an interview day at Falmouth Marine School, prior to applying through UCAS.

Applicants will be required to pass an MCA ENG1 medical examination to commence employment in the commercial yacht industry and this should be undertaken prior to the start of their training at FMS. Certain factors that may prevent them from passing this include; colour blindness, short sightedness, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, mental illness and alcoholism. Seafarer medical certificates: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

There are additional costs for this programme to cover the cost of the additional RYA/MCA maritime and engineering training. You may be able to get help with this, please contact us for more information.

Learners will be required to undertake a period of sea-study with a commercial partner to Falmouth Marine School and will also complete the following marine related qualifications in Year One and Two of the study program - RYA Yachtmaster Coastal - MCA STCW Basic Safety Training - MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties - MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 - MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2 - Approved 70-hour Workshop skills Program - RYA Powerboat Level 2 - RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency - RYA Safety Boat - RYA Tender Operator Course - RYA Short Range Radio - Mental Health Awareness for Seafarers - IAMI GUEST Introduction to Yachting & Yachting Life: Unit 23

Assessment for the academic studies is through a mix of written assignment work, practical demonstration, presentation skills and in-class exams. All other RYA/ MCA/ IAMI qualifications will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of each individual awarding body

After spending time working at sea in the superyacht sector, learners may then return to complete the final required modules towards the MCA Engineer Officer of the Watch 3000gt in accordance with MIN 1904. Once completed, learners will be required, to pass the final oral exam, this brings a conclusion to the program. Year Three Final MCA Modules: - Marine Diesel Engineering - Auxiliary Equipment Part – 1 - Operational procedures, Basic Hotel Services and Ship Construction - MCA HELM Operational - MCA PCSRB (Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats) - MCA Advanced Fire Fighting - MCA Medical First Aid Learners will be qualified as STCW lll/2 Engineer Officer of the Watch, EOOW unlimited less than 9,000 kW, less than 3000 GT CoC. Those interested in the program will be required to complete an application process and attend and successfully complete, an interview day at Falmouth Marine School, prior to applying through UCAS. Applicants will be required to pass an MCA ENG1 medical examination prior to the start of their training at FMS. Certain factors that may prevent them from passing this include; colour blindness, short sightedness, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, mental illness and alcoholism. Seafarer medical certificates: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) There are additional costs for this programme to cover the cost of the additional RYA/MCA maritime and engineering training. You may be able to get help with this, contact us for more information. Academic Progression Route: All of those learners that successfully complete their HNC/FdSc studies, will have the opportunity to progress on to a range of final year honours degree options. For those wishing to attend as full time students, Plymouth University offer access to the final year of the following programs: - Level 6 BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture - Level 6 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering - Level 6 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites For those wishing to study via supported, online, distance learning, whilst working onboard, there is an agreed progression route with award winning MLA College who actively design degree level study programs that are achievable by professional seafarers working around their normal working routines whilst at sea or ashore. - BSc (Hons) Sustainable Maritime Operations.

Falmouth Marine School

Falmouth Marine School

With a modern campus in the centre of Falmouth and boat workshops on the waterfront, studying at Falmouth Marine School is joyous. Few colleges in the country can boast the exceptional experience you will have, whether it’s studying to become the next marine scientist, marine engineer, boatbuilder, or watersports industry expert. There is a special, friendly and dynamic atmosphere on campus, which is backed up by a supportive and highly knowledgeable team. It’s no surprise that our alumni always recommend Falmouth Marine School to have your #careercollege experience.


Dates & Locations

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  • Location - Falmouth Marine School
  • Start Date - 9 September 2024
  • Tuition Fees: £9250.00*
            
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