Engineering Ranks & roles

Are you a leader? Can you command respect? Look after the morale and lives of the men and women under your charge? And ensure the success of the mission? If the answer is yes, you could have what it takes to be a Royal Navy Officer.

  • Midshipman

    While you're still completing your training for your specialist role at Britannia Royal Naval College, you'll have the rank of Midshipman.
  • Sub-Lieutenant

    After 12 months of service and while you're still training, you'll automatically be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant.
  • Lieutenant

    Once you've moved into an operational environment, you'll automatically be promoted to Lieutenant, after 30 months as a Sub Lieutenant as long as you perform to the required standard.
  • Lieutenant Commander

    You’ll now be in charge of a department on a large ship of shore base, or Executive Officer (XO) or even Commanding Officer (CO) in a smaller unit.
  • Commander

    You may command a warship or submarine, Fleet Air Arm squadron or shore establishment. You could also serve as a Staff Officer in the Ministry of Defence or the Permanent Joint Headquarters.
  • Captain

    With the rank of Captain, you'll be commanding a large ship or hold a more senior position on shore.
  • Commodore

    As a Commodore, you'll be the Commanding Officer of a large Royal Navy establishment and well on your way to the top.
  • Rear Admiral

    As an officer of flag rank, you'll have your own flag flying on your ship or headquarters and be responsible for an entire capability within the Royal Navy.
  • Vice Admiral

    By now a very senior officer, you'll be second-in-command to a full Admiral, and working at the level of government, helping to implement defence policy etc.
  • Admiral

    Admiral is the highest rank in the Royal Navy, equivalent to a General in the British Army.
  • Air Engineer Officer

    In this technically demanding job, you’re ultimately responsible for the people who keep the Royal Navy flying.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Marine Engineer Officer

    You'll lead a team of skilled technicians, project managing the maintenance, function and even procurement of all the ship's mechanical and auxiliary systems.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Marine Engineer Officer Submariner

    You’ll be responsible for the management and maintenance of some of the most technically advanced kit in the world, including a nuclear reactor.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Training Management Officer

    You are responsible for the education, training and personal development for ratings and officers.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Weapon Engineer Officer

    You're responsible for all the ship’s weapons and sensor systems, as well as managing complex engineering development and procurement projects.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree
  • Weapon Engineer Officer Submariner

    You're responsible for the most advanced weapon and sensor systems in the world, as well as managing complex engineering development and procurement projects.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Degree

The Royal Navy is a team. And the Ratings are the trained professionals ensuring the success of every single mission. No matter the weather, the conditions, or demands of the job.

  • Able Rate

    Whatever your job, you'll start your career as an Able Rate.
  • Leading Hand

    With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand, often managing a small group of Able Rates.
  • Petty Officer

    As a Petty Officer, you'll have responsibility for certain sections within your department and you have now moved up to become a Senior Rating (non-comissioned officer)
  • Chief Petty Officer

    The rank of Chief Petty Officer give you more responsibility in the team, with the officers relying heavily on your skills and experience.
  • Warrant Officer 1

    WO1 is the highest rank you can achieve as a rating and you'll provide a crucial leadership link between your officers and the ratings serving under you.
  • Air Engineering Technician

    As a vital part of our air operations team, you’ll take charge of aircraft maintenance and servicing.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

    You’ll be part of the team that makes sure the ship's systems, from the engines to the hydraulics run smoothly.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Engineering Technician (Marine Submariner)

    You’ll be responsible for maintenance on your submarine’s vital machinery and auxiliary systems.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Engineering Technician (Weapons Submariner)

    You will be looking after some of our most formidable weapons on board our submarines.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None
  • Engineering Technician (Weapons Systems)

    Operating the ship’s complex communications equipment, sensors and weapon systems, your job is to protect your ship from attack.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • None