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)

£16,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become a marine engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

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

University

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications
  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 

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College

You could take a course to get some of the skills you'll need in this job. 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 and Maintenance

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a marine engineer advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Work

You could train as an engineering technician with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy, then move into the commercial marine industry after you leave.

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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

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
  • you will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

Restrictions and requirements

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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • fault-finding and repairing electronic, hydraulic and mechanical equipment on boats and ships
  • helping to design and develop new marine equipment
  • providing engineering support on board a dive support vessel
  • refurbishing older craft with new navigation and communications systems
  • using underwater craft like remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to inspect undersea pipelines
  • supervising a team of craftspeople in a ship or boatyard
  • maintaining 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 travelling often and spending nights away from home.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory role or engineering project management work. 

You could specialise in a particular area, like boat design, specialist equipment sales and support or marine insurance. 

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprenticeship in Marine Painter/Sprayer

  • Wage : £210.00 Weekly
  • Location: Lymington SO41 3YL

Marine engineering Apprentice

  • Wage : £136.50 Weekly
  • Location: Dawlish EX7 0NH

Courses In England

Marine Systems Engineering & Maintenance L2 - Certificate

  • Provider: Fareham College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Lee On Solent

Marine Engineering - Foundation Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Fleetwood

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