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Diploma in Marine Engineering

Offered by: Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)

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Course Duration3 years 3 months
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
CampusMelaka campus
FacultyFaculty of Marine Engineering
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyEngineering & Engineering Trades
Course Description

If Mathematics and Physics are your strong suits, and you have a passion for the open sea career, this course is perfect for you. Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) is specially designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to serve on board a merchant vessel of 750kW and above, near coastal and foreign going voyage, you will graduate as a certified watch keeping engineering officer.

Upon completion of the course, students will have sufficient knowledge of the basic principles to be observed in keeping an engineering watch as per the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Regulation III/2 and III/1 in line the STCW 2010 and national requirements and will have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skill to carry out that part of duties and responsibilities concerned with the operation, maintenance and repair of:

  • Marine Machinery
  • Electrical, Electronic and Control Equipment
  • Controlling the Operation of the Ship
  • Care for Persons on board

This course will take a total of 3.5 years, spread over 7 semesters. Upon successful completion of the training and passing all the qualifying pre-requisites, you will be awarded with a Diploma in Marine Engineering and Certificate of Competency as Officer in Charge of Engineering Watch.

  • Year 1: Academic and Professional Studies in the Academy
  • Year 2: Professional Studies in the Academy
  • Year 3: Shipboard Training

Year 1

  • Introduction to Engineering Science
  • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Basic Applied Mechanics
  • Introduction to Industrial Chemistry
  • Maritime English
  • Co-Curriculum Training
  • Maintenance & Repair – Metal Working Skills
  • Marine Engineering Knowledge
  • Differential & Integral Calculus
  • Introduction to Thermodynamic Processes
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Co-Curriculum training
  • Maintenance & Repair – Machining Skills
  • Marine Automatic Control Systems
  • Professional Ethics
  • Engineering Knowledge General I
  • Basic Marine Electro technology


  • Duration: 1 month
  • Basic Training (MBT)
  • Ship Security Awareness (PASD)
  • Medical First Aid (MMFA)

Year 2

  • Applied Thermodynamics I
  • Marine Control & Automation
  • Application of Leadership & Team Working Skills
  • Fundamental of Alternating Current
  • Marine Electrical Practice I
  • Pengajian Malaysia/
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi
  • Plant Training I
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Naval Architecture
  • Applied Thermodynamics II
  • Marine Steam Turbines
  • Engineering Knowledge General II
  • Advances Marine Electro Technology
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Marine Electrical Practice II
  • Plant Training II
  • Engineering Design

Year 3

  1. Shipboard Training I
  2. Shipboard Training II
    * Mandatory Completion of MARDEP Shipboard Training Record Book
  1. Ship Construction
  2. Engineering Knowledge General III
  3. Marine Diesel Engines
  4. Marine Steam Boilers
  5. Watch Keeping Preparatory
  6. Applied Computing


  1. Proficiency in Survival Craft (MSCR)
  2. Advanced Fire Fighting (MAFF)
  3. Engine Room Resource Management (ERM)
Entry Requirements

General Requirements

  • Single, aged between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Must be physically and mentally fit as certified by medical practitioner approved by Malaysia Marine Department
  • Minimum height of 158cm and weight of 48kg for male applicants (BMI: 18.5 -24.9)
  • Minimum height of 155cm and weight of 42kg for female applicants (BMI: 18.5-24.9)
  • Good eyesight
  • Not colour blind
  • For Diploma In Nautical Studies (visual acuity of 6/6)
  • For Marine Engineering (if with optical aid power should not exceed 200)
  • Good command of Bahasa Malaysia and English in both written and spoken.

For Malaysian applicants

  • Passed SPM with at least
    • Credit in Bahasa Melayu; AND
    • Pass in English; AND
    • Credit – Science (non-STEM); OR Physics (STEM); OR Chemistry (STEM); OR Biology (STEM); AND
    • Credit – Mathematics (STEM/Non-STEM); OR Additional Mathematics (STEM); AND
    • Credit – Any of two (2) (STEM/Non-STEM) Core or elective subjects


  • SPM AND SKM L3 in engineering and technologist (mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, automotive, marine, maritime)


  • SVM in engineering and technologist (mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, automotive, marine, maritime)
    • Credit in Bahasa Melayu; AND
    • CGPA Academic 2.00; AND
    • CGPA Vocational 2.67; AND
    • Pass English; AND
    • Pass ILM’s entry examination on mathematics and science


For foreign applicants and/or holder of UK GCE O’ Level

  • School exam certificate equivalent to UK GCE O’ Level with strong credits in Mathematics, Science/Technical, 3 other subjects and strong credits in English language.



For International students, it is compulsory to fulfil minimum score at least ONE of the following:

English Competency

Types of Examination




Band 3







TOEFL Essential (Online)


Pearson Test of English

PTE Academic / PTE Academic (Online)


Cambridge English Qualifications and Test

B1 Preliminary, B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency


Linguaskill Online


Certified Intensive English Programme Level (CIEP Level)


As of Financing Aid – on PTPTN loan on tuition fee, maximum RM20,000 is available subjects to total family income.

Career Prospects

Your career prospects don’t stop at watchkeeping officer or watchkeeping engineer officer. In fact, this is just the beginning. Candidates can work their way up to becoming Master or Chief Engineer on board a vessel and earn a very competitive salary at each stage.

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All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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