Marine engineering

Skill level: 3

Marine engineering is a work-related study program at the secondary school level. The main goal of the study program is for students to be able to control and maintain the machinery of ships or production companies. In the study program, students acquire skills in the use of all types of mechanical, electrical and control equipment that they work with and knowledge of the laws and regulations that engineers work according to. It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.

Marine engineer is a certified professional title. The duration of study at school is five years, to which is added a journeyman’s examination and sailing time to obtain the full marine engineer license. In addition, students attend courses at the Maritime Safety Training Academy.


A study program for a full marine engineer license (VD) is available at Tækniskólinn and Verkmenntaskólinn á Akureyri. Other schools offering marine engineering study programs are Fjölbrautaskóli Norðurlands vestraFjölbrautaskóli SuðurnesjaFramhaldsskólinn í A-SkaftafellssýsluFramhaldsskólinn í VestmannaeyjumMenntaskólinn á Ísafirði , and Verkmenntaskóli Austurlands.


Applicants must have completed compulsory education in accordance with the National Curriculum Guide for Compulsory Schools, see more on the schools’ websites.

The program has been credit-worthy for subsistence and other loans at the Student Education Fund (Menntasjóður námsmanna). Trade unions also often provide scholarships for study. Get more information from your union.


The marine engineering study program is divided into general theoretical subjects and marine engineering specialties. It is divided into levels and students can get qualifications after completing each level, from A to D. The first two semesters are spent in basic metalworking studies.

In order to obtain the full marine engineer license, a student must have completed the D-licence course and 24-36 months of sailing time and approved workshop training according to the relevant laws and regulations.

The Technical College’s School of Marine Engineering offers education for a VA licence via remote studies.

After graduation

After completing the VC program and the required study contract, students have the right to take a journeyman’s exam in mechanics. Along with graduating as a mechanic (VD), students complete their matriculation examination.

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