Diesel Engine Course

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Course

The course aims to give an awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine so that skippers and crew can take simple measures to prevent mechanical failures at sea, and rectify defects which do not require work shop support.

This one day course provides extensive practical hands-on experience and there is RYA Diesel Engine Courseplenty of opportunity for interaction with the qualified instructor and other course members.Operation of the marine diesel engine
Fuel, lubrication, cooling and electrical systems

Engine maintenance

Winterisation and fault diagnosis. We also offer a comprehensive five day MCA Maine Diesel course which is ideally suited to those involved in the manning of small private or commercial motor/sailing vessels operated for personal, training or charter activities.

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Course Syllabus

 1. Introduction

Principles of the diesel engine


2. The four-stroke cycle

Naturally aspirated engines


Intercooling / aftercooling


3. The fuel system

The basic system

The tank

The water-separating pre-filter

Fuel lift pump

The engine fine filter

Injection pump


Bleeding the system


4. The cooling system

Seawater cooling

Freshwater cooling

Temperature control

The thermostat

The seawater impeller pump


5. The air systems

The airway in

The airway out


6. Engine electrical systems

The basic system

Battery capacity and care

Drive belts

The alternator


7. Spares and tool requirements

Basic spares and tools


8. Importance of winterisation and servicing

Engine lubrication

Transmission lubrication

Winterisation and servicing

Service schedule


9. Fault finding

Please contact us for latest dates and availability call +44 (0) 2380457733