You'll need to be sponsored by a shipping or engineering company, to become an engineering officer.
You would train towards a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in marine or mechanical engineering. It would also include the Certificate of Competency, which you need to work at sea.
You'll normally need:
- GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, maths, and a science, preferably physics
- 2 or 3 A levels or equivalent qualifications
If you've worked as a mechanical engineer elsewhere, for example in the fishing industry or the Royal Navy, you may be exempt from some of the training to become an engineer. You'll still need to find a company to sponsor you.