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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Are you fascinated by how gracefully huge metal ships glide through water? Do you want to ensure that these vessels operate smoothly and contribute to the robust maritime industry?

Take up the Higher Nitec in Marine Engineering course and learn how to inspect ship systems and machinery components, align marine machinery and maintain marine control circuits. This course will provide you with broad-based knowledge and skills to perform defect diagnosis of marine systems, assist in executing, commissioning and testing activities, calibration and instrumentation work, quality control and assurance.

What you'll learn

  • Perform alignment of marine machinery
  • Perform maintenance of marine control circuits
  • Perform installation and repair of marine machinery
  • Perform supervision work on machining work
  • Perform defect diagnosis of marine systems
  • Assist to execute commissioning and testing activities
  • Perform verification of measuring instruments
  • Perform design and fabrication of jigs and fixtures
  • Perform quality control and assurance
  • Perform inspection of ship systems and machinery components
  • Perform basic maintenance of electrical equipment

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades in English Language, Mathematics and 1 approved subject:

  • Grade 1-8 in English Language
  • Grade 1-7 in Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)
  • Grade 1-8 in an approved subject: [Biology / Biotechnology / Chemistry / Combined Science / Computing / Computer Studies / Design & Technology / Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics / Human & Social Biology / Integrated Science / Physics / Engineering Science / Science (Chemistry, Biology) / Science (Physics, Biology) / Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science / Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)]


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.


Occupation Traits and Functional Ability Requirements

Nature of Work

Functional Abilities

Marine Supervisors (Mechanical) / Foremen (Mechanical) lead and supervise work teams in the repair and service of marine and offshore vessels and equipment.

communication skills, interpersonal skills

They need to ensure that all service and repair work is carried out in accordance to specified standards, within the scheduled timeframe and in a safe manner.

ability to work long hours and under time constraints

They must be familiar with all the associated repair and service work processes and safe work procedures so that their subordinates can be effectively instructed and supervised.

finger dexterity, physical mobility,sensory (hearing & visual) ability, attentive.

This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated. If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College for further academic advising.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Marine Engineering graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Marine Engineering graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to a Technical Engineer Diploma course at ITE. For more details on progression, please click here.

Higher Nitec in Marine Engineering graduates with a GPA of 2.0 and above may also apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Marine Engineering graduates are employed by the marine and offshore industry such as marine services contractors, marine equipment manufacturers, marine fleet operators and the shipyards. Some of the job titles held by our graduates include Marine Supervisor (Mechanical) and Foreman (Mechanical). The graduates could also venture into the seafaring career upon completion of the programme.