How to become a yacht engineer: MEOL Qualification
Written by Michael Henson
Last updated: 11/10/2016
If you’re looking to progress as a yacht engineer, you may consider obtaining an internationally recognised MCA qualification to help you in landing your dream job aboard a superyacht.
Read on to get advice, help and information on the Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL), including what is involved, the prerequisites, and the yacht engineer jobs it will qualify you for when complete.
The next step – Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL),
The Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL) is one of the qualifications on the MCA Engineering Officer training scheme.
This qualification can help those who wish to take the Yacht 4, and will suit yacht engineers who have obtained an Approved Engine Course (AEC) certificate with at least 24-months’ yacht engineering experience.
A quick summary of the MCA Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL),
To obtain the MCA Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL) an oral exam is taken whereby applicants will be required to demonstrate familiarity and proficiency in numerous areas of a yacht engine.
Further to the job opportunities it can provide, completing the course allows holders to progress on to the Yacht 4. It costs between £150 and £250 and must be taken at a MCA approved training centre.
Please note, to sit any MCA oral examination you will need a notice of eligibility from the MCA. See marine engine operator license prerequisites below.
Which jobs can you apply for with the Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL)?
Yacht engineers with a MEOL qualification can become a chief engineer on any commercial or privately operated yacht and sail training vessel smaller than 750kw. It would also greatly enhance the chances of achieving a job aboard a larger superyacht. Read these amazing guides to improve your chances of getting an engineer job.
What is involved in the Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL)?
The MCA Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL) is an oral exam where applicants will be required to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the following areas:
- Routine associated with taking over and accepting a watch or period of duty during UMS/Bridge Control operation.
- Routine associated with handing over to the following watch or duty period during UMS/Bridge Control operation.
- Routine associated with handing over to the following watch or duty engine operator.
- Machinery space fire-fighting arrangements.
- Safety precautions to be observed during a watch or period of duty and immediate actions in the event of a fire or accident.
- Preparing main machinery, steering system and auxiliary equipment for sea. Testing plant and equipment.
- Routine pumping operations of fuel oil and fresh water.
- Bilge pumping operations.
- Use of oily water separator and precautions to be observed to prevent environmental pollution.
- Operation of auxiliary heating boilers including combustion system.
- Preparing, starting, coupling and changing over alternators or generators.
- Immediate actions necessary in cases of electric shock. Location and rectification of common faults in main machinery, steering systems and auxiliary equipment.
Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL) prerequisites
- Students must be 18 years and over and hold a current medical fitness certificate (ENG1)
- All students must have completed the compulsory STCW 95/2010 course
- 36-months of service as dual deck/engineer officer whilst holding an AEC or 24-months service as yacht engineer whilst holding an AEC
- Students must hold a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) from the MCA
Applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) from the MCA
To complete the final oral exam for marine engine operator license, you will need a Notice of Eligibility. This document is issued once the MCA have evaluated your suitability, and an oral exam cannot be booked until the NoE is issued.
To be issued with a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) you must:
- Have completed 33-months approved seagoing service in an engine department, inclusive of: nine-months seagoing service under the training scheme in the engine room of vessels of at least 750 kW, including six-months service as the first assistant to the Engineer Officer in charge of the Watch, while undertaking watchkeeping or Unmanned Machinery Space (UMS) duties.
- Have completed an MNTB Training Record Book (TRB);
- Have completed a workbook supporting your TRB;
- Have evidence of acceptance (college letter) to an approved training and education program meeting the standards specified in section A-III/1 of the STCW Code.
The form can be downloaded below and must be returned with original copies of all your supporting documentation (sea service testimonials, STCW certificates, exam pass certificates and ENG1) to prove that you are eligible.
Click here for an NoE application form