Apprentice Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer) at Royal Navy

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Apprentice Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer)

As an Engineering Technician – Marine Engineering on a warship, you’ll be part of the team responsible for keeping the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively, allowing it to carry out its mission wherever you happen to be in the world. You’ll be working on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and firefighting systems. As you may be away from port for weeks at a time, you’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s well-equipped workshops. You’ll also be involved in refueling the ship and you’ll be a trained member of a damage-control and firefighting team. When you’re not at sea, you could work at a fleet maintenance unit, carrying out major repairs on other warships, or helping to plan maintenance routines.

There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:

  • Start on a salary of over £14,900, rising to over £18,400 on completion of your role specific training. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £49,000
  • Potential to earn additional financial bonuses depending upon your role
  • Wide range of benefits including a House Purchase Scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Adventurous training - from skiing to diving, you can enhance your skillset in unique environments around the world
  • Free phone calls home and Internet access when you are at sea
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Access to superb sports and fitness facilities
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme

Desired skills

The Royal Navy will give you skills. We’ll develop your abilities, train you to be the best, show you how to achieve your goals and give you recognised qualifications.

Personal qualities

You’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and common sense. This is a skilled engineering role, so you’ll need to be technically minded, with an interest in electrical and mechanical systems and equipment. Above all, you need to work well as part of a team.

Desired qualifications

No Qualifications Required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness.

You must be between 16 and 29 when you start training, a UK resident for at least 5 years and hold a UK passport.

Future prospects

You'll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you could have a chance to become an Engineering Officer - leading a team of skilled technicians responsible for keeping the ship and its systems seaworthy and combat-ready. Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks.

Things to consider

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks' basic training at HMS Raleigh. It sounds like a ship, but in fact it's a shore base near Plymouth. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon-handling skills you'll learn here will stay with you right through your Royal Navy career. 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. You can find out more about HMS Raleigh at After basic training, you'll spend four months at HMS Sultan in Gosport completing your initial career course, where you'll learn how the machinery on board a warship works and how to repair and even make components. At the end of this course, you'll go to sea on board a warship and start to put your training into practice, working alongside experienced members of the marine engineering department.

About The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy (RN) is responsible for the protection of British interests at home and around the World. 95% of all world trade passes through the high seas and every year Britain imports £524 billion worth of goods. The RN takes an active part in the protection of British Shipping. Around the United Kingdom the RN protects vital fishing stocks by monitoring fishing activities in our waters.

Across the world, the RN provides a range of activities including search and rescue operations; security and stability activities to prevent and deter terrorism and maritime crime; the protection of British Overseas Territories; provision of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; and tasking for our international partnerships, such as NATO and the United Nations.

As a Royal Navy Apprentice, you will be part of a very big team with a very varied career. You will have access to and responsibility for some cutting edge equipment.

You will go to sea on some of the World’s most modern warships and submarines and visit places you might never have the opportunity to visit in any other profession. You will learn a trade, master skills and gain qualifications in a working environment like no other.

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