Marine Engineer (Sub-Mariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme - Royal Navy Royal Navy

Starting on a salary of over £31,100 rising to over £42,000, you’ll be on a structured career path as a Marine Engineer, starting on an Advanced Apprenticeship and ultimately leading to a fully funded BEng (Hons) Degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering in 8 & 1/2 years. You'll travel the world and experience a challenging & varied career.

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Closing date: 29 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week


    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    02 Sep 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    35 available

On joining the Royal Navy Undergraduate Apprentice Scheme Marine Engineer (Submariner) (UGAS(MESM)) you will undergo intensive training so that you can take your place as a crucial member of a close-knit and professional submarine crew. At sea, as a senior engineering technician, you will control, monitor and/or closely support the nuclear reactor, ensuring its safe operation while providing all of the propulsion and electrical power vital to submarine missions. When the submarine goes into action, you’ll be part of a damage-control and fire-fighting team capable of dealing with a wide variety of submarine emergencies so that the submarine can still fight effectively. In harbour, you will lead a highly trained team of technicians to maintain and repair the complex nuclear systems and support equipment. Your service will also include time at university to build on your extensive submarine engineering education and gain a BEng(Hons) degree. As a qualified submariner, you’ll be part of an elite fighting force, respected throughout the Royal Navy and beyond.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The Royal Navy will develop your skills and abilities, train you to be the best, show you how to achieve your goals and give you recognised qualifications.

Personal qualities

You’ll need commitment, enthusiasm, common sense and an interest in mechanics, systems engineering and electrical power. Your education and training will be intense and you must be dedicated to learning and consolidating complex skills quickly. Strong teamwork is essential and you need to be able to live and work in a confined space. Serving on board a submarine takes a special type of person, one who thrives on challenge and professionalism.

Qualifications required

5x GCSE or equivalent at grade A*-C inc Maths, English and at least one science based subject and Level 3 STEM qualifications (BTEC, or A/A2/AS or equivalents) in an engineering discipline or in maths and at least 1 physical science/engineering/computing subject.  Either option must achieve 160 UCAS points.

You will need to pass a Recruit Test and are should be in a good state of health and fitness. 
You must be between 18 and 34 when you start training and a UK resident for at least 5 years holding a UK passport. British and British Dual Citizenship applicants welcome.

Future prospects

You start your training as a probationary Leading Engineering Technician. Providing you meet your obligations under UGAS(MESM) you can expect to be advanced to Petty Officer Technician within 4 years of joining. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you may also have the chance to become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be chosen for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can quickly rise through the ranks.

Things to consider

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base near Plymouth. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, fire-fighting and weapon-handling skills you’ll learn here will stay with you right through your Royal Navy career. Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive as the training is intense and physically demanding. Ensure you can swim before you join as there’s also a swimming test. You then progress to basic submarine training, some of which will be onboard a submarine. You will learn how all the machinery and equipment work and how the crew operates the submarine. And dependent upon timings and submarine availability you may complete the final phase of this training and be awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a submariner. If not your submarine qualification will complete after your first phase of nuclear engineering training. Your nuclear engineering training will then start in earnest at HMS Sultan in Gosport. Here you will study topics such as: • Electrical/Mechanical engineering principles • Equipment fault finding and repair • Nuclear engineering theory • Nuclear reactor operations • Air Purification There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as: • Be part of a highly regarded, extremely professional team operating and maintaining one of the most complex machines ever built. • Gain a BEng(Hons) Engineering degree while being paid by the Royal Navy and let the Royal Navy pay all your tuition fees. • Guaranteed rapid promotion to Petty Officer providing you meet all your obligations under the scheme. • Gain a £5,000 bonus on attaining your submariner qualification. • Get paid to travel the world, and protect our nation’s interests, every day. • Operate at the highest levels of the submarine marine engineering industry gaining wide experience of operating and maintaining submarines. • Option to extend your career. • Gain additional submariner pay, once qualified of at least £12 per day, increasing to a minimum of £22 when at sea. • Have access to a wide range of benefits including Adventure Training, House Purchase Scheme and at least six weeks of paid holiday every year.

About the employer

The Royal Navy (RN) is responsible for the protection of British interests at home and around the World. 95% of all world trade passes through the high seas and every year Britain imports £524 billion worth of goods. The RN takes an active part in the protection of British Shipping. Around the United Kingdom the RN protects vital fishing stocks by monitoring fishing activities in our waters.

Across the world, the RN provides a range of activities including search and rescue operations; security and stability activities to prevent and deter terrorism and maritime crime; the protection of British Overseas Territories; provision of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; and tasking for our international partnerships, such as NATO and the United Nations.

As a Royal Navy Apprentice, you will be part of a very big team with a very varied career. You will have access to and responsibility for some cutting edge equipment.

You will go to sea on some of the World’s most modern warships and submarines and visit places you might never have the opportunity to visit in any other profession. You will learn a trade, master skills and gain qualifications in a working environment like no other.


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Training provider

At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved: • Advanced apprenticeship in Performing Engineering Operations Followed by: • Foundation degree in Marine Engineering • BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Initially you are offered an 8.5 year career with the option to apply to extend to 20 years. You may have the opportunity to serve beyond this, depending what you would like to do and the needs of the Royal Navy. At the end of the scheme you will have the choice to: • Apply to stay in the Royal Navy for 20 years of service (or longer if offered) and continue your career as an engineering technician, seeking further promotions to Chief Petty Officer and Warrant Officer. • If you have been selected to become a Commissioned Officer, start training at Britannia Royal Naval College and forge a career as an Engineering Officer (Weapons Submarines). • Leave the Royal Navy with a BEng(Hons) degree, no student debt and extensive experience of working on submarine combat systems – in a prime position to land a new career in the Defence industry. Note - Duration of the apprenticeship will depend on apprenticeship level and type.

Apprenticeship framework

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Training provider


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Closing date: 29 Nov 2017