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MITEC Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding

“Now I can travel to almost anywhere in the world and find enjoyable and lucrative work in the marine industry,” former MITEC student, Stuart Ireland

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MITEC students working on the Dunbrody ship’s boat

Dunbrody ship’s boat

Bantry Bay Gig replica

Students gaining work experience at Mustang Marine

An example of resin infusion at MITEC

Main woodwork shop at MITEC


The college boat

Marine Technology Centre (MITEC)

Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire

If your passion is for boats, design or the marine environment then why not consider a career in the marine industry. Pembrokeshire College’s Marine Centre (MITEC), provides a range of courses from beginner to degree level - covering the design and building of marine craft, marine engineering and crewing or skippering boats. Practical boatbuilding skills using wood, steel and modern composites are complemented by advanced computerised design skills at MITEC Marine Technology Centre.

Location MITEC is located on the quayside in Milford Haven. The Milford Haven waterway is world renowned for its deep sheltered waters and this makes the area popular for both commercial and pleasure vessels. Pembrokeshire is home to two leading boat manufacturers (Dale Nelson and Mustang Marine / Ocean Dynamics), as well as many ancillary industries such as repair yards, a sail loft, a dry-dock, two large marinas and various specialised marine engineering companies. Milford Haven is easily reached by road, rail or sea and MITEC is just 200 metres from the railway station.

Facilities MITEC was purpose-built in 2000 as part of the re-development of the docks area. MITEC now forms an integral part of the Marina and Docks. MITEC wood, metal, engineering and FRP / composite workshops contain an extensive range of boatbuilding and marine engineering equipment supported by state-of-the-art computer and classroom facilities. MITEC


Milford Haven Docks


Boatbuilding and Marine Engineering Full-time courses

All programmes are run from the MITEC centre, making full use of the latest machinery and computer software. We hope that we can offer a course that appeals to you; we are confident that our knowledge and enthusiastic staff will be able to guide you through your studies. During the latest HMI inspection by Estyn, favourable comments were made about our interactive group teaching strategies; high levels of machining, hand-skills experience; and effective and innovative curriculum development. Pembrokeshire College is an approved RYA, City & Guilds, Edexel and University of Glamorgan accredited centre. Assessment procedures followed will depend upon which course you join. CITY & GUILDS 2451 - Boat Building The ‘industry standard’ boatbuilding course. Areas covered include lofting, construction in wood and FRP, boat joinery and fitting out, woodwork machinery, sail plans and machinery installations. Students can also study key skills (information technology, application of number and communications) as part of this course. The City & Guilds boatbuilding qualification is recognised by all marine employers and many of our students have secured exciting and interesting jobs both locally and overseas. Course duration: two years. CITY & GUILDS 2451 - Marine Engineering There is a growing shortage of qualified marine engineers, both in the boatyard and boatbuilding sectors. This course provides an excellent foundation to the exciting and rapidly developing field of marine engineering. Learn everything from the routine servicing of marine engines and propulsion systems to diagnostics and fault finding, engineering bench work (metalwork) and welding. Students can also study key skills (information technology, application of number and communications) as part of this course. Course duration: two years.


BTEC National Diploma in Marine Engineering If you want to pursue a career in a professional or technical field, National Diplomas are a practical alternative route to AS and A Levels at level 3. With this course you will discover the science and theory behind yachts, ships and their equipment. Students may then go on to study further and enter the Merchant or Royal Navy as engineers or deck officers (subject to qualifications) or go to university to follow a degree course. Course duration: two years.

Part-time courses Maritime and Coastguard (MCA) Approved Engine Course 4 days450 This stimulating and highly valued course is run over four days. The qualification is a requirement for the manning of small commercial power and sailing vessels that operate more than 20 miles from a safe haven (for specific manning details and requirements please consult MGN280). The course covers all aspects of the mechanical and electrical operation of small craft, including diesel engines, propulsors, electrical systems, hydraulics, fire prevention and pollution legislation. City & Guilds 4353 - Two Dimensional Computer Aided Design The course is designed to take the student from the initial concept of computerised drawing in two dimensions (2D) to more complex detailed drawings using many of the higher level functions of AutoCAD. This will enable students to produce detailed computer generated drawings of a professional standard. Many previous students have used the qualification to enhance their employment skills. City & Guilds 4353 - Three Dimensional Computer Aided Design The course is designed to take the student from the initial concept of computerised modelling in two dimensions to more complex three dimensional modelling using many of the higher level functions of AutoCAD. This will enable students to produce high quality computer generated 3D models. OCN - Boat Repair and Outboard Engine Maintenance The primary objective of this course is to teach individuals the basic skills behind wood and GRP boat repairs and outboard engine maintenance. The course will equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to carry out some routine maintenance and repairs for themselves. The course assumes no prior knowledge and is taught in a very relaxed and enjoyable way.


OCN - Woodwork/Furniture Making The course starts by fine tuning hand skills and an introduction to construction techniques used in box and carcass work. Students will learn how to use power tools and other machinery before progressing onto designing/drawing. RYA - Day Skipper Theory

5 Days £225

This is an introductory course suitable for anyone interested in skippering a motor boat or yacht, or who has a general interest in navigation and the sea. The course covers basic seamanship, traditional and electronic chart work, navigation and an introduction to meteorology. It aims to give would-be skippers enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. RYA - Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

6 Days £225

An advanced navigation and theory course, ideal for preparing candidates for the chart work and COLREGS aspect of the Coastal Skipper Course or the Boatmaster and Yachtmaster Examinations. The course covers more advanced techniques in offshore and coastal navigation by day and night, as well as pilotage and meteorology. A very thorough and rewarding navigation course. RYA - Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

6 Days £245

There is nothing more satisfying than finding your location in the world using simply a sextant and a chronometer. While we all recognise the convenience and practicality of using GPS on board a modern vessel, the knowledge and skill of navigating by celestial bodies is still a requirement for both merchant seamen and the RYA’s most prestigious certificate - the Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate. This course covers worldwide weather systems, route planning and preparation, as well as celestial navigation.

C E N T- Short Range Certificate (SRC) VHF Radio Operator’s Licence 1 Day £85 RYA R The SRC is an intensive one-day course with a short exam at the end of the day. It prepares E sailors for VHF communications in the DSC and GMDSS era and gives an introduction to all the components of the Global Maritime Distress and

Pembrokeshire College

Safety System.

RYA - Diesel Engine Maintenance

1 Day £90

The diesel engine maintenance course is one of the RYA’s specialist one-day courses. It aims to equip sailors and motorboaters with a basic knowledge of the routine maintenance requirements for inboard diesel engines. After the course you will have the confidence to carry out your own routine maintenance and trouble-shoot common problems such as failure to start, over-heating etc.


The Dunbrody

Main picture: The Dunbrody coming into Milford Haven Docks. Inset: Students gaining valuable work experience on the Dunbrody. The Dunbrody is a 458 tonne three-masted barque, 176ft (53.7 metres) long. Her hull length is 120ft, she has a beam of 28ft, a draft of 11.5ft and has a small sail area of 10,100 square feet足. The present ship is a reconstruction of the original Dunbrody, built in Quebec in 1845 by Thomas Hamilton Oliver. The Dunbrody was primariliy a cargo vessel and carried timber from Canada, cotton from the southern states of the US and guano from Peru. She usually carried 176 people but on one crossing, at the height of the Famine in 1847, she carried 313.


Wish you were here? You can be! Students from all over the UK come to beautiful Pembrokeshire to study boat building courses at MITEC. On completion of their course, past students have progressed their studies at a higher level, found employment locally or relocated to warmer climates to find interesting, relevant jobs. The following students of MITEC, Pembrokeshire College did just that! Ben Willimas, Boatbuilder Ben completed his City & Guilds course in 2003 and achieved distinctions in all modules. He was quickly employed by a local boat owner to assist with the restoration of a magnificent wooden 50ft Edwardian yacht. Wishing to spread his wings, Ben flew to New Zealand where he teamed up with another ex-MITEC student Kieran Latham. Kieran found work in Marlborough Sounds fitting out a motoryacht and Ben was offered work in several boatyards in Wellington. Ben eventually joined the boatbuilding team that built the 98ft, high-tech racing yacht Zana. Later Ben moved to Spain, Dubai and then France, doing what he loves ... boatbuilding. “The course is one of the best things I’ve done, it opened many doors all over the world and the skills I learned are so wide that I can find employment in the marine and construction industries, even as a furniture maker,” enthused Ben. Racing Yacht - Zana

Nigel Dixon, Engineer “I have just been hired as an engineer and I am waiting for the boat to be shipped from New Zealand. It will arrive in Palma, Mallorca in March. Can’t wait! We have a very busy itinerary planned: three days after the boat arrives we are heading to Malta, then to Croatia and then a couple of months in Valencia, followed by St Tropez. All thanks to skills I developed at MITEC.”


Alistair Trimmer, Design Engineer In June 2007, Alistair joined Advanced Composites Group who are market leaders in pre-preg manufacture, providing material to a dazzling array of customers in Formula 1, America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympic cycling. The job involves managing a great variety of projects from a range of industries including aerospace, motor sports and marine. “It was the environment at MITEC that allowed me to flourish and grow in confidence. The mix of theory and practical sessions gave me the knowledge to understand what was happening as well as the space to make mistakes and learn from them.” Stuart Ireland, Boatbuilder Stuart completed the City & Guilds Boatbuilding course at MITEC in June 2006, after which he moved to Italy to join Wally Yachts in Fano. To date, he has worked on the hull construction and the moulding of a wide range of luxury motoryachts and sailboats. “I was not sure what direction my life would take until I started the boatbuilding course at MITEC. As a result of the practical skills and the knowledge that I have acquired while at MITEC, I am delighted to have become a boatbuilder. Now I can travel to almost anywhere in the world and find enjoyable and lucrative work in the marine industry.”

Alistair Trimmer

Costa Coleman Q: Where do you come from? A: Cape Town, South Africa Q: What is your dream career? A: Own a boatyard and to teach others Q: Best thing about the college? A: The very supportive lecturers Q: Best thing about Pembs? A: The people and coastal views


Higher Education Courses

(accredited by the University of Glamorgan)

Our campus is a stones throw away from the UK’s only Coastal National Park; our back yard is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. We have been delivering quality degree programmes accredited by the University of Glamorgan since 1998. During your time with us you will be a student of the university and have access not only to the college facilities but also the university’s on-line library and learning facilities. We deliver degree programmes in the areas of Coastal Management, Engineering, Design, Architecture, Business, Computing, Animal Studies and Complementary Therapies.

Specialist course: BSc Coastal Zone and Marine Enviroment Studies Course content: This three year degree programme develops skills that are ideal for those interested in employment within the environment section of commercial organisations, national parks, local authorities, environment agencies and coastal conservation organisations. The superb natural laboratory of the Coastal National Park, and in particular the Marine Nature Reserve of Skomer Island, is fully exploited in the practical nature of the teaching, with 25 percent of the course being spent outside on field trips. Our students have been involved on exchange programmes to the Netherlands and Ireland. It’s not all work, typically students take advantage of the fantastic marine activities available in Pembrokeshire, such as diving, surfing, sailing and rock climbing. Currently under validation: BSc Sports Science (coaching pathway) For more information on any of our degree courses please call:

Admissions - 0800 716 236 10


St Justinians

Mike Baradell,degree placement: Azores

Watersports: Newgale

Dolphin Watching: Pembs headland

Davey Jones, BSc Costal Zone placement: White Shark Trust, South Africa

BSc Coastal Zone students: end of term party 2007 at Broad Haven Beach

MITEC computer suite

Boating:Cleddau Estuary



“ I smell of a mixture of wood shavings and sweat, I ache in places that have not ached in years and I am smiling in both body and soul,� enthused ex IT Manager, John Edginton.

MITEC Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding Telephone 01437 753 350

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