Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Engineering
Level:Rating
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Mechanics
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At a glance

What you’ll do

Being an Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) means being pivotal to day-to-day operations. You’ll ensure our state-of-the-art warships are powered, maintained and ready for action. Wherever you are, whatever the problem: you’ll be finding innovative and resourceful solutions for fixing it. From day one you’ll be on the way to becoming a world-class engineer, working in some of the most challenging environments imaginable.

Your role

  • Be a key part of the immense engineering effort that goes into powering our ships, keeping every operation on track and making some essential missions possible.
  • Find innovative and resourceful solutions to complex problems, applying the engineering skills and knowledge you gain, in a world where there is no such thing as standard. 
  • Get your hands on some of the most sophisticated equipment on the planet, working with your team, under the guidance of the Marine Engineer Officer.
  • Complete daily rounds, checking equipment to ensure the ship remains operational. You’ll need to be precise and pay attention to detail, because even the smallest mistake can have a big impact on the rest of the ship.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses

Skills you'll develop

  • You’ll learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet and become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical systems
  • Use your natural aptitude for fixing things, on a massive scale. That might mean working on the propulsion system of one of our new Type 45 destroyers

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • There are no minimum qualification requirements
  • You’ll need to be aged at least 15 years and 9 months old when you apply, and under 34 years old when you begin basic training
  • You need to be over 16 years old on entry
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology
  • A problem-solver, with a common sense approach, who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
  • Enthusiasm for fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical systems

 

Check Eligibility

Joining process

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application 

    Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT) 

     You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview 

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests 

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) 

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC) 

        This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training 

        Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh


Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.


Professional training

Once you have the essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it’s time to start your specialist training. As an Engineering Technician you will be embarking on one of the country’s top Modern Apprenticeship Schemes, beginning with four months of engineering training at HMS Sultan, focussing on:

  • Learning how machinery works 
  • Safety procedures
  • Repairing equipment
  • Making components
  • Using essential tools and techniques