Graduate Opportunity

Weapon Engineer Officers

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Leading a multi-disciplinary team of skilled technicians and using your broad understanding of combat system engineering, you will experience the thrill and challenge of being a central member in the team responsible for bringing together the fighting capability of the ship.

You will work with some of the world’s most advanced defence systems and highly qualified and motivated teams in a demanding and dynamic environment. At sea you will work alongside Marine Engineering, Warfare and Logistics specialists and lead and manage experts in communications, IT, explosives and electronic sensor systems.

You will prioritise and guide their work to achieve the ship’s mission and be responsible for their development, career progression and welfare.

On shore, a wide range of career development opportunities will be available to you.You could be leading and managing technical projects, working with industry partners to develop new equipment, working in human resources or providing home support to frontline operations.

What we’re looking for

You’ll need to be technically minded able to lead a team, work as a team member, think on your feet, see creative solutions to problems and make decisions. You’ll be self-motivated, proactive, flexible and confident. You will need to follow a systems approach to engineering and will be committed to developing your management and leadership skills.

Initial training

You’ll begin your career at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. Initial Naval Training (Officer) is a 30 week course that provides comprehensive induction into Naval life as an Officer.

The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills and the principles of command and management. You will put these into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

During the maritime skills phase you’ll be taught to handle small ships on the River Dart and there will be exercises to test you. You’ll gain first-hand experience of life in a warship, working in every department on board and learning how the ship operates.

This all culminates in your passing out parade where your family and friends will have the opportunity to witness your joining the Royal Navy as an Officer.

Professional training

You will follow our engineering graduate programme of formal and on-the-job training. After passing out from BRNC, you will join the Maritime Warfare School in Fareham, Hampshire where you will carry out a balanced programme of learning including laboratory work and simulations.

You will also carry out training at sea so you can apply the engineering, leadership and management skills that will form the basis of your success in your naval career. Our training is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and forms part of the Royal Navy’s streamlined route to Chartership.

Skills for life

We are committed to providing continuous professional development opportunities. You would also be able to transfer the skills we help you to develop as an engineer, leader and manager direct to many roles in industry if you decide to leave the Royal Navy.

There are opportunities to study for an MSc or MA at a later stage in your career and your professional training forms part of the streamlined route to Chartership in the IET, IMechE and IMarEST.


The opportunities for promotion are excellent. You will begin your career as a Midshipman and be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant after 12 month’s service, and to Lieutenant 30 months after that.  Further promotion to Lieutenant Commander and up to Admiral is on individual merit and you’ll be offered feedback, encouragement and training to help you to achieve your goals.

Pay and conditions

You will begin on an annual salary of £27,272, increasing to £32,780 on completion of your 30 weeks initial training. From then on, pay increases with rank and experience. There is an additional recruitment incentive for engineers of £27,000: £7,000 when you start your initial training, £10,000 when you complete your initial training and £10 000 when you complete your professional training.

As well as your basic salary you will receive free health and dental care, additional pay for specialist skills and when away at sea, and other allowances such as travel expenses and home-ownership schemes. You will be on an excellent, non-contributory pension scheme and get six-weeks paid leave a year.

You will join us on a 12 year initial commission and may have the opportunity to serve beyond this. As a Weapon Engineer Officer you will have to serve a minimum return of service of three years from completion of your training. Should you wish to leave after that point you need to give 12 months notice.

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Not just a job, a way of life

There is a lot more to joining the Royal Navy than doing a job. For a start, all our ships and shore bases have superb sports and fitness facilities. We can offer a fantastic range of sports and other activities. You’ll also have the chance to go on adventurous training, which could be anything from an offshore sailing expedition to mountaineering, caving to parachuting.

From the moment you join, you’ll be part of a team that lives, works and relaxes together, forming friendships and experiences that can last a lifetime. It’s a unique way of life, and the opportunities we offer will allow you to reach your career potential and enjoy the time you spend with us to the full.

Do I qualify?

Age: 17 to 39.  Exceptionally this can be extended to 34 with relevant engineering experience.

Nationality: British or British dual citizenship

Qualifications: A UK recognised Bachelors degree in an engineering, maths or physics-based subject, accredited by the Engineering Council to IEng or CEng level. 72 UCAS points and five GCSEs (grade 4 or above) or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent, which must include English and Maths.

Sex: This job is open to both men and women.

Starting salary: Starting salary: £27,272 + Benefits, increasing to £32,780 on completion of basic training.


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  • £27,272 + Benefits, increasing to £32,780 on completion of basic training
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