Marine Engineering

Our Marine engineering skills training for new entrants and experienced engineers includes practical work experience in real seagoing conditions, to prepare you for eventual employment as an Engineer Officer on board a fishing vessel.

In line with the latest Government Guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, BIM’s National Fisheries Colleges in both Castletownbere, Greencastle and our Coastal Training Units will be closed until the end of January 2021.

We will publish updates as they become available.

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Class 3  Certificate of Competency Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel)

Next course scheduled:


  • Department of Transport Class 3 Certificate of Competency Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel)
  • Engineering Technology QQI Award (Major) Level 5 - Further Education + Training
  • FAS Mechanical Engineering Certificates in Bench Fitting, Milling, Manual Arc and Gas Welding

Duration: One academic year at the National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal followed by one year qualifying sea service on board a commercial fishing vessel.

Progression: Students can progress to Class 2 and Class 1 Certificates of Competency with further study and sea time.

For further information read the course brochure (pdf 688Kb)     

Marine Engineering Processes QQI Award (Minor) Level 5 - Further Education + Training

Next course scheduled:

Objective: to provide participants with a basic understanding of the operation of marine diesel engines and associated machinery on small vessels.
Course fee: €200
Duration: 3 weeks

Course Content:

  • Vessel construction
  • Main propulsion systems
  • Auxiliary machinery
  • Electrical systems
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Health, safety and the environment

How to apply

Launch the Training Registration Form (pdf 559Kb)   

Save the form to your computer

Next, launch the form from your computer  (see note below)

Complete the form saving the updates as you go

In addition complete the Training Application Form (pdf 1,300Kb)   

PLEASE NOTE: To launch the form you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader available at Should you need assistance with this please contact us.

Course Brochures

Read the Fishing Vessel Engineer course brochure (pdf 688Kb)  

Contact Us

For further information contact our Training Centre:

National Fisheries College
Greencastle, Co. Donegal
Direct: +353 74 9381068

Natonal Fisheries College
Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Direct: +353 27 71230