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Marine engineering technician

Marine engineering technicians design, build, service and repair boats and ships.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £35,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; away from home

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There will be 1% more Marine engineering technician jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • diagnose faults and repair on board electronic, hydraulic and mechanical equipment
  • help to design and develop new marine equipment
  • provide engineering support on board a dive support vessel
  • refurbish older craft with new navigation and communications systems
  • use remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to inspect undersea pipelines
  • supervise a team of craftspeople in a ship or boatyard
  • maintain weapons systems, radar and sonar on board Royal Navy warships

Working environment

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

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 you may spend nights away from home.

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:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, 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, Systems Engineering and Maintenance
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
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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), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Work

You could train as a marine engineering technician with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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

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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.

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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.

You can find more advice about careers in marine engineering from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and British Marine.


Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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