Marine Engineer (Submariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS MESM)

Service:Submarine Service
Branch:Engineering
Level:Rating
Technology
An Engineering Technician working on Royal Navy kit.
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Joining the Royal Navy Marine Engineering (Submariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS (MESM)) is your opportunity to be part of one of the Royal Navy’s most elite teams – and join one of the world’s most respected engineering apprenticeships. You’ll be paid to study for a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and gain practical skills using some of the most advanced kit on the planet. The experience you get, working in unique environments all over the world, will leave you perfectly placed for a successful engineering career. 

Your role

  • Start your career as a Probationary Leading Hand, undertaking 3½ years of training and education, learning how our systems work and qualifying as a Petty Officer. You’ll then complete a minimum of 3 years’ active service on a submarine, getting hands-on with our most advanced kit. Your tailored career then finishes with a one-year in-service university course.
  • Be a crucial part of one of our most respected and highly-trained teams. You’ll be supporting your boat’s nuclear reactor, ensuring its safe operation, and maintaining all the support systems that are vital to submarine missions.
  • Work on board a Vanguard Class submarine, ensuring the nation’s nuclear deterrent is operational, or on an Astute Class vessel where you’ll be part of some highly-classified hunter killer operations.
  • Operate at the highest levels of the industry as you complete an accelerated scheme to become a nuclear engineer. After that you can extend your service, apply to become a commissioned officer, or transfer your new skills to a career in the civilian sector.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  •  An Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Marine Engineering including a Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering
  • A BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Skills you'll develop

  • You’ll learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet, including our submarine’s nuclear reactor, and become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical systems
  • Gain a firm grounding in electrical and mechanical engineering principles, and an in-depth understanding of nuclear reactor theory


 

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • You’ll need to be aged 18-34 on entry
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language, Maths and at least one science; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C  
  • If you take you’re a-levels after the start of 2017, you need 64 UCAS points gained through Level 3 STEM qualifications in an engineering discipline, or maths and at least one other physical science, engineering, or computing subject. Before 2017, you need 160 UCAS points.
  • You need to be a minimum height of 157cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or a dual national

 

Skills and interests

  • A quick thinker, with a keen interest in mechanics and electrics
  • A problem-solver, who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
  • Enthusiasm for learning to maintain and fix cutting-edge equipment
     
Check Eligibility

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 (NSRT)

    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)

    his 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 professional training. You’ll spend 3-4 months at HMS Sultan in Gosport, where you’ll learn how the machinery on board our submarines works, and how to repair, and even make, components.

After that, you’ll receive further specialist training at either Devonport or Falsane, before going to sea for the first time. At the end of training, there will be an exam to test your knowledge. When you pass, you’ll earn your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner./P>

Your nuclear engineering training will then begin in earnest at HMS Sultan in Gosport. Here you will study topics such as:

  • Electrical and mechanical engineering principles
  • Equipment fault finding and repair
  • Nuclear engineering theory
  • Nuclear reactor operations
  • Air purification

You start your career as a Probationary Leading Hand, and after 3½ years of training and education, you’ll qualify as a Petty Officer. You’ll then complete a minimum of 3 years’ active service on a submarine. Your tailored career then finishes with a one-year in-service university course.