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TM Engine Driver
Grade 3/2 Combined

Course Details

  • Duration:  hours

  • Cost: €350 per participant


Course Date Options:

  • 07th  May 1630 till 2030. 
    09th  May 1630 till 2030. 
    13th  May 1630 till 2030. 
    17th  May 1630 till 2030
    22nd May 1630 till 2030
    29th  May 1630 till 2030


About the Course

Course Description

The Engine Driver Grade 3 course leads to a qualification to serve as Engine Driver on a commercial vessel of less than
500 KW.


The Engine Driver Grade 2 course leads to a qualification to serve as Engine Drivers on commercial vessels of less than 750 KW.


This combined program equips candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently operate and maintain marine internal combustion engines while ensuring safety and compliance within Malta's ports, internal, and territorial waters.

To sit for the Transport Malta Oral Exam, candidates need to apply for a Notice of Eligibility based on their experience.


  • Minimum Age: 18 years

  • Operating Limits: Within ports, internal, and territorial waters of Malta.


Prerequisite Qualifying Service:

  1. Grade 3 - Applicant must have at least 6 months appropriate service on vessels of not less than 75 kW.

  2. Grade 2 - Applicant must have at least 6 months of appropriate service on vessels with a minimum power of 150 KW.

  3. Be in possession of a General Purpose Hand Certificate.

Minimum Training Required:

Completion of an approved training course followed by an Oral and Practical examination covering the following topics:

1. Operation and Maintenance of Marine Internal Combustion Engines:

  • Understanding the operation and maintenance of marine internal combustion engines.

2. Care and Operation of Lubricating Oil and Cooling Systems:

  • Proper care and operation of lubricating oil and cooling systems on vessels.

3. Pumps and Arrangements of Bilge and Seawater Piping Systems:

  • Understanding pumps and arrangements of bilge and seawater piping systems.

  • Awareness of the dangers associated with back flooding.

4. Steering Gears, Hydraulic Systems, and Associated Pipelines:

  • Knowledge of steering gears, hydraulic systems, and associated pipelines.

  • Understanding emergency steering arrangements.


5. Arrangement of Fuel Oil Piping Systems and Filters:

  • Familiarity with fuel oil piping systems and filters.

  • Awareness of fuel tank ventilation, filling, draining, and tank gauging, as well as the effect of slack tanks on stability.


6. Oil and Grease Lubrication:

  • Understanding the proper use of oil and grease lubrication.


7. Care of Electrical Systems and Batteries:

  • Care and maintenance of electrical systems and batteries.

  • Knowledge of series and parallel operation and safety procedures when working on low and medium voltage A.C. and D.C. systems, including protection devices.


8. Dangers of LP Gas and Liquid Fuels; Refrigeration Safety:

  • Awareness of the dangers associated with LP gas and liquid fuels, including refrigeration safety.


9. Precautions Against Fire and Explosion:

  • Understanding precautions against fire and explosion.

  • Methods of dealing with fires, including extinguishers, fire pumps, fire mains, hoses, nozzles, sprays, fixed installations, closing appliances, and remote shut-offs.


10. Items for Inspection on Slipway or Dry-Dock:

  • Knowledge of items for inspection on slipway or dry-dock.


11. Planned Maintenance:

  • Understanding planned maintenance procedures.


12. Location and Rectification of Common Faults in Main Machinery, Steering Systems, and Auxiliary Equipment:

  • Identifying common faults in main machinery, steering systems, and auxiliary equipment.

  • Knowledge of rectification procedures.


13. Preparing for Sea. Start-Up and Shut-Down Procedures:

  • Procedures for preparing for sea, including start-up and shut-down processes.


14. Calculation Dealing with Consumption of Fuel. Speed and Range of Vessels:

  • Calculations related to fuel consumption, vessel speed, and range.


15. Precautions to Prevent Environmental Pollution:

  • Understanding precautions to prevent environmental pollution.


Other Requirements:

In addition, the applicant must have:

  1. A current approved First Aid Certificate.

  2. An approved Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting certificate.


Qualification Process:

To qualify, applicants must submit the following to the Authority for Transport in Malta - Ports and Yachting Directorate:

  1. Completed application form.

  2. Proof of Medical Fitness.

  3. Proof of identity and age.

  4. Proof of successfully completing the required training and examination referred to above.

  5. 2 color passport-size photographs.

  6. Payment of prescribed fees.

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