Without you, the Royal Navy is going nowhere

What is the Engineering branch?

  • The Engineering branch keeps the Royal Navy moving. From our aircraft, ships and submarines, to weapons and comms, our engineers are essential to global operations
  • Engineers work on advanced kit, which could mean a Type 45 Destroyer in the Surface Fleet or a Vanguard-class boat in the Submarine Service
  • All your crewmates rely on the systems you maintain. You may be first on the ship and last to leave, but that’s a measure of just how vital your role is
  • Regardless of the Service you choose, engineers work together as a close-knit team of talented problem-solvers
  • Whether you have a degree under your belt and want to lead a team, or are just starting out, naval engineering is made for people with inquisitive minds, who are willing to tackle new challenges

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Because our world-class kit is only as good as the engineers keeping it in top working order, world-class training comes as standard – whichever level you join at. It means you can tailor your career to meet your goals and ambitions. You could be working with industry leaders to develop new components, or gaining an expert knowledge of nuclear power. No matter if you choose to specialise in marine, air or weapons, you’ll be at the leading edge of engineering, on some of the most sophisticated equipment in existence. Each day brings with it a fresh challenge, which is why all our engineers have the knowhow to find simple solutions to complex problems, fast. Why? Because without them, the Royal Navy’s maritime presence would literally grind to a halt, in operational situations where time waits for no-one.

Royal Navy personnel at work on board ship.

A day in the life: Engineering

Emily, 28

Weapon Engineer Officer

I was leading a team of engineers from the start, so my decisions really count – and have real consequences, too. Four years in, I’m working hard towards becoming chartered, so I’m very busy. But very ‘good busy’.

Where can I work?

Royal Navy ship at sea.

Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers or frigates: this is our backbone. It gives us our global impact, from combat missions to humanitarian aid.

Royal Navy submarine at sea.

The world-renowned silent service, protecting us from beneath the waves. It’s responsible for highly classified, stealth operations – and Trident.

Royal Navy ship at sea.

From fuel to food: what we need, when we need it, wherever we are. This fleet of civilian ships provides global support to the whole Naval Service.

Royal Navy personnel on flight deck.

With powerful support from the air our fighter jets and helicopters extend our reach, all over the world, whether it’s a peacetime or combat mission.

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Accelerated Apprentice scheme (Air Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced aircraft, as part of the team that maintains, services and inspects them.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our cutting-edge kit, part of the team that guarantees our weapons systems are world-class.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Engineering 
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Air Engineer Officer

Lead the specialist team who makes sure our cutting-edge aircraft are ready for action, in challenging situations, all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A BEng or MEng degree accredited by the Engineering Council
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Air Engineering Technician

You’ll take charge of scheduled maintenance, servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft.

What you'll need:
  • Mathematical ability and good communication skills
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded vocational and academic qualifications
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Communications and Information Systems Specialist

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

What you'll need:
  • A hands-on, can-do attitude, and technological aptitude
What you'll get:
  • All the tools you need for a world-class engineering career
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Communications and Information Systems Specialist (Submariner)

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

What you'll need:
  • A hands-on, can-do attitude, and technological aptitude
What you'll get:
  • All the tools you need for a world-class engineering career
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Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

Apply to receive £1500 a year while you study along with the chance to experience Naval life before you start training.

What you'll need:
  • You must be aged between 16 and 18
What you'll get:
  • World-class leadership and academic development
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with the latest technology
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Engineering Technician (MARINE ENGINEERING) (SUBMARINER)

You’ll work on sophisticated equipment that is essential to keeping our submarines moving.

What you'll need:
  • Physical and mental stamina
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll maintain and operate complex communication, detection and weapon systems worth millions of pounds.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with technology
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) (Submariner)

You’ll maintain the firepower and defensive technology of a Royal Navy submarine.

What you'll need:
  • To be a team player
What you'll get:
  • Hands-on training with high-tech equipment
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Marine Engineer Officer

You’ll lead the day-to-day maintenance of our cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations couldn’t happen.

What you'll need:
  • A BEng or MEng degree accredited to IEng or CEng level 
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll oversee the maintenance and operation of a nuclear reactor, leading a team that solves complex problems in often challenging conditions.

What you'll need:
  • A degree in maths, physics or engineering 
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £45,000 after two years 
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Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS)

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

What you'll need:
  • A sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • A BEng degree, paid for by us
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Petty Officer Marine Engineer (Direct Entry)

Solve complex mechanical/electrical engineering problems using sophisticated diagnostic test and evaluation equipment.

What you'll need:
  • Engineering qualification Level 4 (HNC or above)
What you'll get:
  • Travel, specialist skills and plenty of responsibility
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Training Management Officer

You’ll make sure our biggest asset – our people – have the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need, to do the best possible job.

What you'll need:
  • An honours degree in any subject
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Weapon Engineer Officer

You’ll lead a team of skilled engineers to ensure your ship’s efficiency as a state-of-the-art fighting machine.

What you'll need:

  • A degree in maths, physics or engineering

What you'll get:

  • A salary that rises to approx. £45,000 after two years 

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Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll lead a team of specialist engineers on one of two types of cutting-edge submarines, on highly classified global missions.

What you'll need:
  • A BEng or MEng degree accredited by the Engineering Council
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Welbeck Sixth Form Defence College

After two years at Welbeck students are ready for anything, including life at university and beyond.

What you'll need:
  • To excel at GCSE level
What you'll get:
  • World-class leadership and academic development
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