Engineering Technician (MARINE ENGINEERING) (SUBMARINER)

Service:Submarine Service
Branch:Engineering
Level:Rating
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At a glance

What you’ll do

As an Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) (Submariner), you’re the driving force of the boat. It’s down to you to keep our submarines moving, deep below the surface. You’ll often be on highly sensitive operations, where avoiding detection is paramount. Without the power you provide, the vessel, and your crewmates, are stranded.

It takes a unique engineering effort for a crew of more than 100 people to stay submerged for months at a time. As well as maintaining the vessel’s nuclear reactor, you’ll play an important role in sustaining the water purification and air circulatory systems that make it possible for the submarine to dive.

Your role

  • Be a key part of the immense engineering effort that goes into keeping a submarine operational, from providing power for the engines, to maintaining crucial water purification and air circulation systems.
  • Find innovative and resourceful solutions to complex problems, applying the engineering skills and knowledge you gain, in challenging environments.
  • Get your hands on some of the most sophisticated equipment on the planet, working with your team, and under the guidance of the Engineer Officer.
  • Complete daily rounds, checking equipment to ensure the submarine remains operational. You’ll need to be precise and pay attention to detail, because even the smallest mistake can have a big impact.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications as your career progresses

Skills you'll develop

  • You’ll learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet, and become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems
  • Learning about how the entire boat works will give you wide ranging expertise. You’ll enhance your natural abilities, and any knowledge you already have, as you become a resourceful and innovative engineer

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • There are no minimum qualification requirements
  • You’ll need to be aged at least 15 years and 9 months old when you apply, and under 37 years old when you begin basic training
  • You need to be over 16 years old on entry
  • You need to be a minimum height of 157cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology
  • A problem-solver, with a common sense approach
  • A real sense of adventure, and the ability to thrive within a team
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Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

     A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

       This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh


Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us. 


Professional training

Once you have the essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it’s time to start your specialist training. First, you’ll spend 33 weeks at HMS Sultan, where you’ll learn how the machinery on a submarine works, and how to repair, and even make components. 

You’ll then receive further training on submarine equipment, before going to sea for the first time. At the end of this phase, you’ll sit an exam. If you pass, you’ll earn your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner – and join your crew.