As a Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner), it’s your job to lead a highly trained team in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. Working on a submarine isn’t for everyone. That’s what makes you, and your team, elite.
Being a Submariner Engineer Officer means overseeing the maintenance and operation of a nuclear reactor. It’s a role that comes with huge responsibility, because without you the boat is stranded, and some top secret missions don’t happen. You’ll push your engineering knowledge to the limit, as you find solutions to complex problems, and work with the most advanced kit imaginable.
"We run the team who run the ship, keeping her moving and fit for the challenge. It’s my role to manage the people who make that happen." - Grant, Engineer Officer, Submarine Service
Made in the Royal Navy - Ali's story
Born in South London, but made in the Royal Navy. Find out about Ali's career as a Submariner.
Being in the Royal Navy means getting stuck in from the start, developing skills and getting qualifications you never thought possible, travelling the world - and getting paid for it from day one of training.
Lead a team of specialist Engineering Technicians. They’ll be doing longer days than anyone else on board and will rely on your support, advice and understanding.
Solve complex problems using the most sophisticated equipment on the planet. You might need to work alone, or rely on the expertise of your team.
Keep our kit functioning correctly. You might be maintaining the nuclear reactor of a Vanguard Class Trident submarine, or guaranteeing the functionality of vital support systems on an Astute Class vessel.
Look after the welfare, morale, training and development of a team of skilled men and women, using your expertise to make decisions about complex engineering problems quickly.
What you'll need
You’ll need to be aged 17 – 39
All Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) degrees will be considered
If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; acceptable UCAS points can be accrued from A-level grades A*-D, or AS-level grade A. Before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C
Minimum height of 157cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
A British National.
Skills & interests
An ability to thrive on responsibility and lead from the front
Confidence making key decisions in high-pressure situations
A passion for cutting-edge engineering
Strong teamwork skills.
What you'll get
A starting salary of over at least £27,000, rising to around £33,000 after just two years.
A £27,000 joining bonus.
An excellent non-contributory pension scheme – we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary.
Additional Submariner pay each day at sea once you’ve qualified
A £5,000 bonus on being awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner.
Six weeks of paid holiday every year.
Forces Help to Buy scheme – a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder.
Handy discounts with lots of top brands, from Marriott hotels to Audi cars and high street stores.
Amazing opportunities, including world travel and adventurous training for two weeks every year.
COVID-19 update - The Royal Navy continues to recruit throughout the period with a few amends to the usual process. We are currently not conducting any face to face interviews, medicals etc…. All this is being done through Skype, phone calls etc… If a virtual alternative is not possible then a Royal Navy Careers Advisor will contact the candidate and take them through the next steps.
Our Careers Advisors are still working and will continue to process applications for those already applied.
Naval service training continues, however, in this rapidly changing situation this may cease.