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Marine Engineer Officers

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As a Marine Engineer Officer, you’ll lead a team of highly-skilled Marine Engineering Technicians, with responsibility for the ship’s power and propulsion systems, including gas turbines, diesel engines and high-voltage electrical distribution systems as well as their associated control systems.

Working alongside specialists in Weapon Engineering, Warfare and Logistics, you will also be responsible for the hull, water, refrigeration, air and hydraulic systems, vital for sustaining the ship at sea during exercises, deployments or operations.

In an emergency or in action, you have the central role of leading the ship’s damage-control and firefighting organisation.

On shore you will have a wide range of career-development opportunities such as leading and managing technical projects, working with industry partners to develop new equipment, roles in human resources and home support to front-line operations. It’s engineering on a massive scale with responsibilities and rewards to match.

We will help you manage your career and you will get to choose jobs that play to your strengths and also broaden your ability. This will then help to prepare you for future promotion.

What we’re looking for

For this job you have to be technically minded, but you’ll also need to be resourceful and inventive, with the ability to solve problems in highly demanding conditions. You will need to be equally comfortable leading a team or working as a team member.

You will need to be concerned with the welfare, morale and training and development of your team of skilled technicians who’ll look to you for expertise, management and leadership.

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.

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Professional training

Your professional Royal Navy training begins with the 10-month systems engineering and management course at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire. Here you’ll learn about gas turbines, diesel generators, hydraulics, refrigeration, water production, air and transmission systems and also maintenance strategies that involve our philosophy of providing maintenance that centres on reliability.

You’ll then go to sea as an Assistant Marine Engineer Officer and gain propulsion plant operating certificates, a good understanding of how to manage the team and how damage control works in peacetime and war situations. When you’ve finished, you’ll return to HMS Sultan to learn how to run your own engineering department before taking up a post as a ship’s Deputy Marine Engineer Officer.

Our training is accredited by the IMechE and IMarEST and forms part of the Royal Navy’s streamlined route to professional registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Skills for life

You will have opportunities to carry out an MSc or MA at a later stage in your career and your professional training forms part of the streamlined route to becoming a Chartered Engineer with a number of professional intitutions such as the IET, IMechE and IMarEST. All qualifications are recognised internationally and will be highly valued by civilian employers.


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 Marine 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.

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 and 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.

Nationality: British, Irish, Commonwealth 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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  • Ongoing
  • £27,272 + Benefits, increasing to £32,780 on completion of basic training
  • All grades
  • UK + International

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  • Marine
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