MCA Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2)


MCA Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2)

The course is approved by the UK’s Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is ideal for the owners or operators of small inshore and pleasure vessels. The AEC part 2 would also benefit the junior engineering staff working in or expecting to work in the engineering department of a superyacht.


The course is designed to follow on from the Approved Engine Course and include tuition about the engineering systems required to support the power plant and operation of smaller vessels operating in limited areas.

Course outcomes :

  • The components and their arrangement in a compression type refrigerant plant and basic fault finding
  • Legislative and management requirements within engineering operations
  • Knowledge of maintenance systems on-board
  • Knowledge of safe systems of work within an engineering environment
  • Knowledge of safe operations when undertaking lifting and/or slinging operations:
  • Knowledge of the electrical distribution system on-board
  • Knowledge to maintain basic hydraulic systems
  • Knowledge and the practical skills to undertake basic maintenance
  • Knowledge and the practical skills to undertake basic maintenance
  • Knowledge of the Fresh Water system onboard
  • Knowledge of the Sewage system onboard

Delivery of the content is split into both classroom activities and practical application. The basic operation of engineering systems such as electrical supplies, hydraulic systems, care of fresh water, refrigeration, planned maintenance systems and safe engineering working practices.

When combined with AEC part 1, this unit can also be included as part of the award for an MCA’s Marine Engine Operators Licence (MEOL) which is the licences required by the Chief Engineer on UK Flagged vessel of less than 750 kW operating in near coastal waters (150 miles from the nearest shore)


  • Minimum 18 Years of age
  • Must have completed MCA approved AEC1 course  or possess a suitable exemption as per MIN 524 

Special Requirements

Although PPE will be provided we recommend that if you have them already to bring your own safety boots.


Delegates will be required to successfully complete a short written exam and then will be issued with an Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC2) Course Certificate