DP Technical Course (Engineer DP Familiarisation and Watchkeeping)


The course caters for a range of experience levels, however, experience in offshore and/or DP operations will allow participants to maximise course outcomes.

Scheduled Dates

AMCS DP lecturers are experienced, practising senior DP operators, as such 2017 course dates will be published throughout the year as their availability is determined.  To express interest, email searchinfo@amc.edu.au

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Course Registration

Acknowledgement of registration will be provided by return email. Confirmation of registration is provided upon payment of the course fees, and subject to AMCS Registration Terms.


4 days

Course Fee

By quotation only

Course Fee Include

  • Course notes and writing materials
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Complimentary WIFI access

AMCS Registration Terms

To secure your enrolment, payment of 50% of the course fee is required.  Cancellations up to 15 working days prior to the scheduled date will be accepted without penalty.  Cancellations less than 15 working days will be subject to 100% cancellation fee.

AMCS reserves the right to cancel the course if insufficient registrations have been received by seven days from commencement of course.  Any fees paid for cancelled courses will be refunded in full.

When making flight bookings please ensure you book on a fully refundable basis.

Course Aim

This course is designed for DP technical staff (Chief and Watchkeeping Engineers, or Electricians) currently working, or seeking to work on dynamically positioned vessels.

The DP Technical course continues to provide the elements required for DP Engineer familiarisation, but has been re-developed for 2013, utilising the latest available industry information “Guidance for Professional Development of Personnel engaged in DP Operations (MDAT)” issued by the Marine Technology Society’s Dynamic Positioning Committee. This standard has been developed with Marine Safety Forum, Classification Society, and Flag State collaboration.

The course also provides the theoretical and practical knowledge to satisfy the recommendations made in IMCA M 117 The Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel, and STCW Part B, Section B-V/f.

The course challenges the industry mind-set of compliance related training, and focuses on an understanding of the “hows” and “whys” that can aid the consistent delivery of incident free DP operations.

Participants will understand the steps to prevent loss of position; exposures and risks of inspection, repair and maintenance; and ways to safely conduct a range of activities utilising DP vessels.

Location Information

Newnham Campus, Launceston Tasmania

Participants arriving at Launceston Airport should make their way to the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Drive, Newnham.  Taxi fare from the airport is approximately $55.00.

Parking:  Complimentary car parking is provided on campus in areas designated to AMCS participants and clients.


Accommodation Options

1. Newnham Campus, Launceston Tasmania

On-campus accommodation can be reserved via the online enrolment form. Further information is provided here, together with off-campus options.