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Unit of competency details

MARC041 - Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MARC009 - Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systemsLicensing/regulatory information has been incorporated in accordance with Regulatory requirements. Assessment Requirements have been strengthened in accordance with Regulatory requirements. 08/Jul/2018

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 09/Jul/2018


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031701 Maritime Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031701 Maritime Engineering  09/Jul/2018 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. New unit of competency. Licensing/regulatory information has been incorporated in accordance with Regulatory requirements. Assessment Requirements have been strengthened in accordance with Regulatory requirements.

Application

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to safely operate marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems on a vessel up to 750 kW.

This unit applies to people working in the maritime industry in the capacity of:

  • chief engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <1500 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <3000 kW within the EEZ or
  • chief or second engineer on a vessel with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion power within the EEZ or
  • assistant under direct supervision of a chief engineer; and
  • worker in the engine room on vessels up to 80 metres in length with propulsion power <3000 kW.

Licensing/Regulatory Information 

Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this unit. This unit is one of the requirements to obtain Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC and a Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D. The AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) is a requirement for AMSA certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) mandated practical assessment (AMPA) will cover a range, but not all, of the requirements identified in the Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence. The AMPA shall be undertaken in accordance with its instructions.

Assessors of AMPA must hold as a minimum:

  • a current certificate of competency issued under Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 at the same level as the qualification being assessed with at least 12 months’ relevant sea service, or
  • a relevant seafarer certificate, as engineer issued under the Navigation Act 2012.

Note: Relevant state/territory training and qualification requirements need to be fulfilled by any persons carrying out installation, maintenance and/or repair of refrigeration equipment especially with regard to preventing the escape of refrigerants into the atmosphere.

Pre-requisite Unit

Not Applicable

Competency Field

C - Equipment Operations

Unit Sector

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1 

Prepare for sea 

1.1 

Fuels and lubricating fluids required for proposed voyage are acquired

1.2 

Spares and stores required for proposed voyage are acquired

1.3 

Flammable or explosive materials are stowed and managed according to regulatory and organisational requirements

1.4 

Work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards in engine room are identified, risk assessed and corrective actions taken according to organisational practices

1.5 

Pre-start checks are conducted on machinery and equipment according to organisational procedures and manufacturer specifications

1.6 

Engines are started according to manufacturer specifications and vessel procedures

1.7 

Starting faults are recognised and rectified according to manufacturer specifications and fault-finding procedures

2 

Operate engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems 

2.1 

Engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems are operated within technical specifications

2.2 

Main propulsion plant and auxiliary systems are operated and monitored to ensure they are within operating limits specified by vessel procedures and manufacturer recommendations

2.3 

Environmental implications associated with operation of engine, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems are identified and controlled where possible

2.4 

Accidental or operational discharge of polluting substances are recorded according to regulatory requirements and organisational procedures

2.5 

Operational faults are recognised and rectified in accordance with manufacturer specifications and fault-finding procedures

2.6 

Operational records are kept according to regulatory requirements and organisational procedures

2.7 

Appropriate action is taken when a malfunction or emergency occurs

3 

Secure vessel after voyage 

3.1 

Engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems are shut down according to manufacturer specifications and vessel procedures

3.2 

Damage and repairs requiring action are recorded according to organisational procedures

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Unit Mapping Information

This unit replaces and is equivalent to MARC009 Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=772efb7b-4cce-47fe-9bbd-ee3b1d1eb4c2

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. New unit of competency. Licensing/regulatory information has been incorporated in accordance with Regulatory requirements. Assessment Requirements have been strengthened in accordance with Regulatory requirements.

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and include:

  • applying work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) and pollution control, legislation and policies
  • identifying constructional parts of marine internal combustion engines
  • maintaining logs, including:
  • maintenance logs
  • oil record book
  • running logs
  • managing:
  • cooling systems
  • lubricating systems and preventing pollution of marine environment
  • pumping systems and preventing pollution of marine environment
  • stowage of flammable or explosive materials and refrigerant gases
  • operating main propulsion plant and auxiliary systems within recommended parameters
  • preparing vessel and machinery for sea
  • recognising and rectifying operational faults
  • securing vessel and machinery after voyage
  • taking action in the event of malfunction or emergency.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:

  • action taken in the event of malfunction or emergency, including:
  • fire
  • flooding
  • main engine failure
  • steering failure
  • bilge pumping for vessels with several compartments
  • causes and effects of vibration and undue wear
  • characteristics of flammable/explosive materials, including:
  • liquid fuels
  • liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
  • common faults:
  • in steering gear
  • of deck machinery
  • construction of heat exchangers
  • controllable pitch propellers (CPP) operation
  • coolant circulation and thermostats
  • corrosion prevention
  • cross connections between:
  • bilge or ballast or seawater systems and fire main
  • seawater systems and bilge systems
  • dangers associated with:
  • back-flooding and methods to prevent back-flooding
  • LPG and petrol vapours
  • refrigerant gas leaks in confined spaces
  • diesel engine:
  • construction
  • fuel injection, timing and control equipment
  • operation
  • dry sump and wet sump lubrication systems and components
  • electrohydraulic steering gear
  • engine:
  • protection arrangements
  • performance and reasons for lack of performance
  • engine room hazards and their minimisation
  • environmental responsibilities, regulations and legislative requirements
  • gearbox fault identification and emergency operation
  • governor operation
  • hazards of refrigerants
  • heat exchanger, keel cooler and raw water cooling systems
  • lubrication and cooling:
  • effects of gearboxes
  • lubricating oil system faults
  • marine two-stroke and four-stroke engines
  • method of propulsion plant reversal including CPP
  • operation of marine gearboxes
  • other flammable gases
  • polluting substances and their effect on the environment, including:
  • chemicals
  • excessive noise
  • exhaust emissions
  • fuel and oil overboard
  • pumping bilges
  • refrigerant gas
  • sewage
  • preparations and checks necessary before sailing
  • pressure and flow regulators
  • procedures and requirement for operating main propulsion plant and auxiliary systems within recommended parameters, including:
  • cooling systems
  • fuel systems
  • gearbox
  • lubricating systems
  • pumping systems
  • refrigeration systems
  • steering systems
  • pump capabilities and requirements for priming
  • refrigeration system and components
  • relevant state/territory training and qualification requirements for carrying out installation, maintenance and/or repair of refrigeration equipment especially with regard to preventing the escape of refrigerants into the atmosphere
  • refrigerant gas
  • routine for operating and maintaining steering systems
  • seawater circulating systems
  • securing vessel after voyage
  • ship side valves
  • shutting down machinery
  • sterndrive and water jet drive units
  • storage of LPG cylinders
  • testing:
  • LPG detectors
  • steering gear
  • turbo charging and supercharging arrangements
  • two- and four-stroke cycles of operation
  • types and operation of deck machinery, including basic hydraulic systems
  • types of:
  • gear trains
  • pumps and safety devices
  • watchkeeping duties
  • WHS/OHS and pollution control, legislation and policies.

Assessment Conditions

Assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment. As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment. Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.

Practical assessment must occur in a workplace, or realistic simulated workplace, under the normal range of workplace conditions. Simulations and scenarios may be used where situations cannot be provided in the workplace or may occur only rarely, in particular for situations relating to emergency procedures and adverse weather conditions where assessment would be unsafe, impractical or may lead to environmental damage.

Resources for assessment must include access to:

  • applicable documentation, such as legislation, regulations, codes of practice, workplace procedures and operational manuals
  • a commercial vessel with inboard diesel propulsion power of ≥150 kW or an appropriate internal combustion engine, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems ashore
  • tools, equipment, machinery, materials and relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) currently used in industry.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=772efb7b-4cce-47fe-9bbd-ee3b1d1eb4c2