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Apprentice Engineering Technician (RFA)
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Apprentice Engineering Technician (RFA)

Learn how our ships work, providing the power that keeps them moving. Without you, vital operations would grind to a halt.

  • No qualifications
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Engineering
  • Rating level

At a glance

Without its engineers, the RFA couldn’t provide the essential operational support it does. As an Apprentice Engineering Technician, you’ll be doing the work that keeps our ships moving. Start a career that will see you working at the leading-edge of industry.
I got sick of doing the 9-5, I wanted a change, something different. As an Engineer Apprentice every day is different, as we serve all the ship’s main systems.


Engineer Apprentice

Role details

What you’ll do

Without the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), the Royal Navy wouldn’t be the force it is. Without its engineers, the RFA wouldn’t be able to provide the operational and logistical support it does. As an Apprentice Engineering Technician, you’ll be doing the essential work that keeps our ships moving. For you, ordinary doesn’t exist. Even the most routine work is challenging and exciting, as you embark on a career that will see you become a world-class engineer. 

Your role

  • Travel the world as part of a professional engineering team. You could be maintaining your ship’s complex electrical and mechanical equipment one day, or taking part in complex RAS evolutions the next.
  • Your role in keeping the ship operational involves ships husbandry, waste management, directed planned maintenance and watchkeeping duties.
  • Use your enthusiasm for electrical and mechanical engineering to gain a thorough knowledge of both disciplines, learning from the experienced engineers who will act as your mentors.
  • Gain hands-on experience operating and assisting with maintenance on sophisticated electrical and mechanical equipment. From the hull and propulsion systems, to auxiliary and hotel services.
  • When you‘re not in the Engine Room, you‘ll have crucial duties to perform as part of the ship's company, including firefighting, first aid, weapons maintenance and being a member of the damage control team.

Pay & benefits

  • £16,500+ Starting Salary During Training 
  • Earned Voyage Leave (EVL) of 7 days for every month spent on board ship
  • Membership of an excellent non-contributory pension scheme 
  • World-class training
  • Travel the world

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic, Level 2 Diploma, issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education
  • Incorporated Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Mandatory Seafarer Qualifications (STCWs)
  • Merchant Navy Engine Rating Watchkeeping Certificate of Competency

Skills you'll develop

  • Learn to maintain and repair a wide range of electronic and mechanical systems
  • Become confident working with the most cutting-edge equipment



  • Aged at least 17 years 6 months to apply, and 18 years to commence employment. There is no upper age limit
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • Must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens. However, a number of career paths have nationality restrictions. Dual Nationality will be considered providing the first nationality is British. Note: Residency restrictions may apply
  • Need to have confidence with jumping into water and the ability to wade whilst wearing a life jacket

Skills & interests

  • A passion for the latest technology
  • Great at working as part of a team
  • A common sense approach to solving mechanical problems
  • A sense of adventure

Joining process

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