Engine Room Simulator Training – Management level

The course is essentially a practical one, consisting of a series of exercises structured around the operation & management of a ship’s machinery installation and carried out in conjunction with an engine room simulator. The exercises are supervised by an instructor and will, initially, allow the student to become familiar with the instrumentation and controls used in the engine rooms of modern merchant ships. The student shall become skilled in the scanning of instrument displays when assessing the normal operational conditions of an engineering plant. The exercises increase in complexity as the course progresses, as the student works through and becomes familiar with the procedures used for starting up auxiliary and propulsion plants, setting the normal operation condition and keeping an engine room watch. The final exercises deal with watch keeping and the procedures and techniques needed for the location and trouble-shooting of faults, diagnosis and malfunctions that can occur in an operational plant. Each exercise should be preceded by a briefing session and followed up by a group debrief, which will analyze the actions and decisions of the student. During the series of exercises each student will assume different roles in the engineering management team. Engine room management –Resources (human factor, spares, consumables) –Situations-(Emergencies, normal operations, faults) are main concerns of the course study.

This course has been approved by the ministry of ports and highways under approval No ERS/ML/60/2013/001

The programme has been developed in compliance with the STCW 78 Convention as amended in 2010(Reg.III/2 & III/3, Sec A-III/2 & A-III/3,Table A-III/2), Directive 2008/106/ЕU, IMO Model course 2.07- 2002 edition and the national standard for this training.

To provide knowledge and skills to manage, operate, supervise and monitor the safe operation and control of a ship’s machinery installation in accordance with provisions of STCW Convention and amendments to the convention.

In particular, the student will gain

  • familiarization with the use of instrumentation and controls used in the engine rooms of modern merchant ships
  • awareness of the need for proper pre-planning, the use of checklists and of the timescales involved in startup procedures
  • understanding and awareness of correct watch keeping procedures
  • understanding of the way in which machinery units are interdependent
  • experience in identifying operational problems and trouble-shooting them
  • The ability to make decisions, which promote the safety and efficiency of an operational plant.
  • Management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management

Complying with the amendments to STCW ’78 in 2010 it is made compulsory by the DGMS-Sri Lanka for the prospective Marine Engineers to be evaluated in an Engine simulator setup. The purpose of this course is to provide the participant the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare him for the Evaluation exams.

Course Intake Limitations

Classroom size – maximum 12 students in Network class & 3 students in Full Mission
Learner/ Trainer Ratio – 15:1


  • Simulator Lecturer – Class 1 Marine Engineer preferably who had undergone simulator instructor training conducted by IMO
  • Simulator Instructor – Certified Marine Engineer (Trained under Simulator Lecturer)
    Assessors – Class 1 Marine Engineer preferably who had undergone simulator instructor training conducted by IMO

Course Developers :

  1. Dean of Faculty of Marine Engineering
  2. Certified Marine Engineers

Course Type

Full Time

Course Commencement Dates

On Demand


10 days (Commencing from 09.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs)

Entry Requirements

Must have completed “Preparatory course for Chief Engineers and Second Engineer officers on Ships of 3000KW propulsion power or more” (Eg. CINEC ED-0270)