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Marine engineer

Alternative titles for this job include

Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter

to

£55,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become

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How to become a marine engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You would normally need to complete a foundation degree or degree to become a marine engineer. Courses include:

  • marine engineering
  • marine technology
  • naval architecture
  • offshore engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a marine engineer advanced apprenticeship, then take further training on the job to qualify.

As a qualified engineer, you may be able to apply for a marine technical superintendent degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could train as a marine engineering technician with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy, then study for a marine engineering degree while working.

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Further information

You can find more advice about careers in engineering from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and British Marine.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of physics
  • design skills and knowledge
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Depending on the industry you work in, you could:

  • build and repair ships and boats
  • work on leisure boats
  • install and repair onboard systems
  • design, build and operate offshore gas and oil platforms
  • undertake marine surveying
  • make sure engines, instruments and systems work safely
  • keep up to date with laws for safety and environmental protection

Working environment

You could work at a shipyard, in an office, on a ship, at a port or underwater.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy.

There are also opportunities for experienced marine engineers to work in shore-based roles with responsibility for vessel refits, legal work in maritime engineering safety and shipping fleet management.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

ATA Level 3 Marine Engineering Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Woodbridge

Courses In England

Marine Engineering - Advanced Certificate

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 25 April 2023
  • Location: Fleetwood

Engineering - Diploma in Marine Engineering (Advanced)

  • Provider: ISLE OF WIGHT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Newport

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