Marine Engineering Technician

Design, build and maintain boats

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  • Design, build and maintain boats
  • Complete an apprenticeship or degree
  • Working on all mechanical & electrical systems

The purpose of a marine engineer is to design, build and maintain ships; these could be large vessels, like tankers and cruise ships or small sailboats. 

Marine Engineers are responsible for the internal systems of a ship, such as the electrical and mechanical systems, like refrigeration, propulsion, and steering. The job has lots of variety, because you could be building a ship, or you could be carrying out general or preventative maintenance or completing diagnostics and repairs. 

A Marine Engineer also carries out routine maintenance and ensures the general upkeep of a vessel.  You could survey ships and assess if they were safe to sail.  

This job is a growth area, and there is currently a shortage of Marine Engineers in the UK.

Possible pathways to this job

You could train straight from school as an engineering technician with the Royal navy or Merchant navy.  You could go to university and get a degree in:

  • Marine technology
  • Marine engineering
  • Naval architecture
  • Offshore engineering

Alternatively, look for courses, such as the two examples below:

Highbury College, Portsmouth: Level 3 Marine Engineering Level 3 Marine Engineering | Highbury AC

Brockenhurst College, New Forest: Level 3 Marine Engineering Apprenticeship Marine – Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3 | Course Brockenhurst College |

Information about the employer:

Solent Boat Care is a marine engineering, maintenance and management company based in the Solent. We focus heavily on all engine general servicing and maintenance as well as all areas of maintenance from Gelcoat polishing to general maintenance. We also perform yacht management services, monthly care packages and bespoke own boat tuition.

Marine Engineering Technician

The purpose of a marine engineer is to design, build and maintain ships; these could be large vessels, like tankers...

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