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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

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

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  • £18,500 - £58,000
  • No qualifications
  • Surface Fleet
  • Engineering
  • Rating level

At a glance

You’ll be pivotal to day-to-day operations. Making sure our state-of-the-art warships are powered, maintained and ready for action. Wherever you are, whatever the problem, you’ll be the one to fix it.
Marine Engineer fixing equipment
When we’re at sea, if equipment fails, it’s down to us. If it’s an unusual fault it becomes a real team effort. It’s a great feeling when we get technology up and running again against all the odds.


Junior Rating, Engineering Branch

Role details

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.

Pay & benefits

  • Earn over £23,000 after training
  • Rising to over £58,000 as your career progresses
  • Additional pay for each day spent at sea
  • An excellent non-contributory pension scheme – we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • 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
  • Free gym and sports, from football to kayaking to kite-surfing
  • Forces Help to Buy scheme – a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder
  • Subsidised travel, accommodation and food

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • A Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maritime Mechanical Electrical Mechanic

Opportunities open to you

  • Study for GCSEs, then A-Levels in subjects including English, Maths and Science
  • Gain specialist vocational such as a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacturing
  • Eventually, you can work toward a degree like Mechanical Engineering, depending on your career progression

Skills you'll develop

  • Use your natural aptitude for fixing things – on a massive scale
  • Learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet and become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical system
  • That might mean working on one of our new Type 45 destroyers, the most advanced warships the nation has ever built


  • You must be aged between 16 to 39
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test 

Skills & 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


Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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