Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance

Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

This course is held at our specialist Marine Skills Centre in Woolston and will enable you to develop advanced skills in your chosen specialism - Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical or Boat Building - to enter employment or progress your career in the marine industry.

The marine engineering route will cover marine engine maintenance, fault-finding, replacement of components and marine electrics. The boatbuilding pathway will consist of marine joinery, construction of hulls and boat structures and the use of composites materials. Marine electrical will cover small boat systems, navigation and instrumentation, testing, fault finding and commissioning.

What you will learn
  • Principles of marine construction and components
  • Construction and repair of hulls and boat structures
  • Producing and fitting structural boat components
  • Fibre reinforced plastics technology for marine construction
  • Installation and repair of marine engines
  • Installation and repair of marine propulsion systems
  • Installing electrical wiring support systems on boats
  • Principles of marine electrical engineering

Our Marine Skills Centre on the waterside in Woolston features some of the best marine training facilities in the region including:

  • Composites workshop
  • Marine engineering workshop
  • Marine electrical workshop
  • Boat building and repair workshop
  • IT and CAD suites


Entry requirements
  • GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (including English, maths and science), or
  • Level 2 Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance, or
  • Extensive experience and sound knowledge of marine engineering, wood working and electrical systems

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
04/09/17 1 year Main
What next?
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical or Boat Building
  • Employment in marine construction or engineering
  • University / Higher education e.g. HNC in Marine
Danielle Thomas

Studied Boat Building at City College.

Now a Composite Boat Building Apprentice at Green Marine.