Marine Engineer Officer

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Engineering
Level:Officer
Technology
Management
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At a glance

What you’ll do

Everyone looks to the Engineering Technicians to keep the ship moving. The Engineering Technicians look to you. Being a Marine Engineer Officer means leading the day-to-day maintenance of our most cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations wouldn’t happen. You’ll report directly to the Commanding Officer when there’s a problem, and be relied upon to make key decisions when it matters most.

Your role

  • Lead and manage a team of specialist Engineering Technicians who will rely on your support, guidance, advice and understanding.
  • Solve complex problems using the most sophisticated equipment on the planet. You might need to work alone, or rely on the expertise of your team.
  • Keep our kit functioning correctly. You might be ensuring the hull, engines and power generation of the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier are up to scratch. Or overseeing work on the water, cooling and hydraulics systems of a Type 45 Destroyer.
  • Look after the welfare, morale, training and development of a team of skilled men and women, using your expertise to make decisions about complex engineering problems quickly while under pressure.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study in project management, an MSc or MA
  • Become an internationally recognised Chartered Engineer

Skills you'll develop

  • Learn how to lead and manage people in a highly pressurised environment, understanding your role as part of the management team
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of gas turbines, diesel generators, hydraulics and air systems, whilst honing your management and leadership skills

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • You’ll need to be aged 17 – 29
  • A BEng or MEng degree accredited to IEng or CEng level by the Engineering Council
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C 
  • Minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • 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

  • An ability to thrive on responsibility and lead from the front
  • Confidence making key decisions in high-pressure situations
  • A passion for cutting-edge engineering
  • An aptitude for solving problems
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Starting your career

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 (NRST)

    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 you

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer


Initial training

You’ll spend 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: military skills, maritime skills and initial fleet time. The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

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


Professional training

Your professional training starts at HMS Sultan with a systems engineering and management course, focussing on:

  • Learning about gas turbines, diesel generators, hydraulics and air systems
  • Learning to apply your engineering, leadership and management skills
  • Undertaking training accredited by an engineering council
  • In-depth study of avionics, engines and weapon systems
  • Managing an engineering department

Once you’ve refined your skills, you’ll take your place on board a ship, where you’ll lead a team of engineers on deployments all over the world.