DME Course (Diploma in Marine Engineering)

DME Course (Diploma in Marine Engineering)

Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) eligibility, scope, jobs, salary and course details:-

What is DME in Merchant Navy?

DME stands for Diploma in Marine Engineering. Diploma holders, belonging to specific Engineering Branches, may make use of this Diploma course to become Marine Engineers and work on Merchant Navy ships. It is a 2 years long pre-sea training course. This Diploma course focuses on Technical aspects of Marine Engineering.

Some important topics covered in this Diploma course are:-

  • Ship Construction
  • Ship Design
  • Marine Electrical and Electronics Systems
  • Safety Technology
  • Marine Engineering Drawing
  • Automation and Control
  • Hydraulics
  • Marine Machinery
  • Naval Architecture
  • Communication Skills

After successfully completing this Diploma course and clearing MEO Class-4 Part A Examination, students will have to go through 6 months of compulsory sea service. After this stint and clearing safety courses, other training modules and tests, clearing MEO Class-4 Part B Examination, a cadet will be provided with Marine Engineering Officer Class 4 Certificate of Competency. After obtaining this certificate, one may start working as a Marine Engineer on Merchant Navy ships in any part of the World. 12 months of sea service later, one may again appear for training modules and appear for MEO Class 2- Part B Examination. These exams will help one attain advanced competency certificates, like- Marine Engineering Class 2 Certificate of Competency and Marine Engineer Class 1 Certificate of Competency. Later, you may rise through the ranks and eventually become Chief Engineering Officer.



  • Students possessing Diploma in branches like- Mechanical/Electrical/Naval Architecture/Marine/EEE etc are eligible to pursue this course, with around50-60% marks in final year of Diploma program.
  • Medical Test: – Candidate must be mentally and physically fit. You must have your eyesight 6/12, but don’t worry if you are wearing glasses (spectacles) because glasses up to plus or minus 2.5 may be allowed but you must not have color blindness.
  • Age Limit: – Your age should be not more than 28.



You can take up the role of Marine Engineer on Merchant Navy ships after obtaining the Class 4 Certificate of Competency (Marine Engineer). Once there, you may rise through the ranks and land better positions, by appearing for training modules and courses and clearing examinations associated with them.

Starting salary depends on different factors such as- profile of Employer, quality of the Institute from which the course has been pursued, grades attained by cadet etc. Generally, it is between 40-60k Rupees each month.

After retiring, you may take up the role of an Instructor at Maritime Institutes. Becoming an Independent Consultant is another option that is available.






NCV Course (Near Coastal Voyage)

NCV Course (Near Coastal Voyage)

NCV course eligibility, scope, jobs and salary details:-

What is NCV Course in Merchant Navy?

NCV stands for Near Coastal Voyage. It is a training course related to the field of merchant navy. It is a job oriented training course that will help you get into the merchant navy sector. The total course duration is 30 months. Out of these 30 months, the initial 6 months are reserved for academic training. This is followed by 24 months of sea training. Together, the entire training course lasts for 30 months.


To be considered eligible to pursue this course, candidates must satisfy some requirements. They are –

Age limit: Must be between 17.5 to 25 years (in cases of most of the institutes offering this course).

Educational qualifications: Being 10+2 passed (any stream, with English subject) from a recognized board is the minimum qualification required. Candidates possessing advanced qualifications are also eligible to apply!

Physical and medical standards: Candidate should be physically and medically (eyesight and hearing) fit, as per the Merchant Shipping guidelines.


Many maritime institutes in India are offering NCV course at the moment. After securing admission, candidates undergo 6 months long academic program. This has to be followed by sea training. One must complete 24 months of sea training. After sea training phase, candidates may appear for 2nd mate NCV exam, clear it and get the certification!