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Marine Engineer Officers (Submariner)

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As a Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner), you will lead a team of highly-skilled technicians, with responsibility for maintaining the nuclear reactor, the hull, steam, power, water, air and water purification and hydraulics systems. In an emergency, you'll lead a damage-control and firefighting team, reporting directly to the Captain.

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 providing home support to front-line operations.

A Royal Navy submarine combines the engineering challenges of a warship and a nuclear power station and, given the hostile, alien environment it inhabits, a spacecraft. It’s a career offering challenges and rewards you literally won’t find anywhere else in engineering.

What we're looking for

For this job you have to be technically minded, resourceful and inventive, with the ability to solve problems in demanding conditions. You need to work well as part of a team and take responsibility for the welfare, morale and training and development of the technicians in your department.

Serving on board a submarine takes a special type of person. You need to be able to live and work in a confined space, where the conditions can quickly change from relatively calm to extremely active and exciting.

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

Joining the Submarine Service involves some of the toughest technical training in the Royal Navy. It begins with the 10-month systems engineering and management course at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire.Here you'll learn about general marine engineering systems, including diesel generators, hydraulics and air systems, as well as domestic systems such as water production and waste disposal, then go to sea as an Assistant Marine Engineer Officer.

You'll be trained to operate and maintain a nuclear reactor, gaining a postgraduate diploma in Nuclear Reactor Technology in the process. At sea, you'll learn about all aspects of operating a submarine, including warfare, weapons, propulsion and escape training.

On passing your final skills and knowledge test, you'll be awarded your ‘Dolphins’ - the coveted badge of a qualified Submariner.

Our training is recognised 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 engineering institutions such as the IET, IMechE and IMarEST.

All qualifications are recognised internationally and will be highly valued by civilian employers. This will greatly improve your prospects of a second career if you decide to leave the Royal Navy.

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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 a submariner you will be eligible for a £5,000 bonus on receiving your “Dolphins”.  You will gain additional pay for being a submariner and for being a qualified nuclear watchkeeper.

You will receive free health and dental care and other allowances such as travel expenses and home-ownership schemes. You will also 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 (Submariner) 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 a 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 you qualify?

Age: 17 to 39.

Nationality: Full British 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 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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  • UK + International

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