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Job Description

Marine Engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, remote operated vehicles, offshore platforms and drill ships.  Most marine engineers will choose to specialise in one particular area such as maintenance of engines or design, their responsibilities will vary depending on the specialism area but they will be responsible for liasing with the client and establishing the requirements for the project they are involved with.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need an HNC, HND or degree in an engineering subject to get into this career. Relevant subjects include:

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

You could also:

  • train as an engineering technician with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy, studying for a degree while on the job
  • get into this career through a marine engineering technician apprenticeship

The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) and British Marine have more information about becoming a marine engineer.

Career Path and Progression

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

There are also opportunities overseas for experienced marine engineers.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Design and development engineer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent maths and IT skills
  • Good at communicating and negotiation
  • The ability to prioritise workloads and plan effectively
  • The ability to manage a team
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Excellent technical knowledge

Starting Salary

£24,000 to £55,000

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