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Marine engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include Shipbuilding technician

Marine engineering technicians design, build, service and repair boats and ships.

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£43,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become

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How to become Marine engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

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


You could do a foundation degree in marine engineering or marine technology.

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
  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree

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You could take a course to get some of the skills you need.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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To become a marine engineering technician, you could do a Marine Engineer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You could train as a marine engineering technician with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy.

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Further information

You can find more advice about careers in marine 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
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of physics
  • design skills and knowledge
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need IT skills and a knowledge of computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM).

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a marine engineering technician, you could:

  • diagnose faults and repair equipment on a ship
  • help design and develop new marine equipment
  • refurbish older ships with new navigation and communications systems
  • use remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to inspect undersea pipelines
  • maintain weapons systems, radar and sonar on board Royal Navy warships

Working environment

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

Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers 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 become a manager, looking after a team of technicians or overseeing projects.

You could also specialise in a particular area, such as:

  • boat design
  • specialist equipment 
  • sales and support
  • marine insurance

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Marine Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Wage: Competitive Annually
  • Location: Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton

Courses In England

Marine Engineering - Advanced Diploma

  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Fleetwood

Marine Engineering Diploma

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Paignton

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