Without you, the Royal Navy is going nowhere

What is the Engineering branch?

  • The Engineering branch keeps the Royal Navy moving. From our aircraft, ships and submarines, to weapons and comms, our engineers are essential to global operations
  • Engineers work on advanced kit, which could mean a Type 45 Destroyer in the Surface Fleet or a Vanguard-class boat in the Submarine Service
  • All your crewmates rely on the systems you maintain. You may be first on the ship and last to leave, but that’s a measure of just how vital your role is
  • Regardless of the Service you choose, engineers work together as a close-knit team of talented problem-solvers
  • Whether you have a degree under your belt and want to lead a team, or are just starting out, naval engineering is made for people with inquisitive minds, who are willing to tackle new challenges

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Because our world-class kit is only as good as the engineers keeping it in top working order, world-class training comes as standard – whichever level you join at. It means you can tailor your career to meet your goals and ambitions. You could be working with industry leaders to develop new components, or gaining an expert knowledge of nuclear power. No matter if you choose to specialise in marine, air or weapons, you’ll be at the leading edge of engineering, on some of the most sophisticated equipment in existence. Each day brings with it a fresh challenge, which is why all our engineers have the knowhow to find simple solutions to complex problems, fast. Why? Because without them, the Royal Navy’s maritime presence would literally grind to a halt, in operational situations where time waits for no-one.

Royal Navy personnel at work on board ship.

A day in the life: Engineering

John, 30

Weapon Engineer Officer

I was leading a team of engineers from the start, so my decisions really count – and have real consequences, too. Four years in, I’m working hard towards becoming chartered, so I’m very busy. But very ‘good busy’.

Where can I work?

Royal Navy ship at sea.

Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers or frigates: this is our backbone. It gives us our global impact, from combat missions to humanitarian aid.

Royal Navy submarine at sea.

The world-renowned silent service, protecting us from beneath the waves. It’s responsible for highly classified, stealth operations – and Trident.

Royal Navy ship at sea.

From fuel to food: what we need, when we need it, wherever we are. This fleet of civilian ships provides global support to the whole Naval Service.

Royal Navy personnel on flight deck.

With powerful support from the air our fighter jets and helicopters extend our reach, all over the world, whether it’s a peacetime or combat mission.

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Accelerated Apprentice scheme (Air Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced aircraft, as part of the team that maintains, services and inspects them.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with one of our most elite teams, making sure that submarines are always ready for action.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel all around the world
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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our cutting-edge kit, part of the team that guarantees our weapons systems are world-class.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 25
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: NVQ's Get qualifications paid for
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Air Engineer Officer

Lead the specialist team who makes sure our cutting-edge aircraft are ready for action, in challenging situations, all over the world.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: £27,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
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Air Engineering Technician

You’ll take charge of scheduled maintenance, servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Free medical and dental care
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Communications Information Systems Specialist

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Communications Information Systems Specialist (Submariner)

You’ll be in the thick of the action, in charge of the cutting-edge communication systems that are essential to global operations.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

Apply to receive £1500 a year while you study along with the chance to experience Naval life before you start training.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 18
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Progression: A guaranteed place on an approved military scheme at University
  • Benefits: Excellent sporting facilities while you complete years 12, 13 or both
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: NVQs Get funding for qualifications
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Engineering Technician (MARINE ENGINEERING) (SUBMARINER)

You’ll work on sophisticated equipment that is essential to keeping our submarines moving.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll maintain and operate complex communication, detection and weapon systems worth millions of pounds.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 36
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) (Submariner)

You’ll maintain the firepower and defensive technology of a Royal Navy submarine.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 34
  • Education: No qualifications
  • Salary: £18,000 The minimum you’ll earn after training
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £48,000 Earn over this amount as your progress
  • Benefits: £5,000 For earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Marine Engineer Officer

You’ll lead the day-to-day maintenance of our cutting-edge kit. Without you, vital operations couldn’t happen.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll oversee the maintenance and operation of a nuclear reactor, leading a team that solves complex problems in often challenging conditions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £34,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: £5,000 For earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Direct Entry Petty Officer Technician (Marine Engineering)

Solve complex mechanical/electrical engineering problems using sophisticated diagnostic test and evaluation equipment.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 39
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £36,081 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £50,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Training Management Officer

You’ll make sure our biggest asset – our people – have the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need, to do the best possible job.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Qualifications Get a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development
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Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS)

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 18 - 34
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £31,100 How much you’ll earn from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £45,000 Earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: BEng Hons Get your Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree paid for
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Weapon Engineer Officer

You’ll lead a team of skilled engineers to ensure your ship’s efficiency as a state-of-the-art fighting machine.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: Travel All around the world
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Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner)

You’ll lead a team of specialist engineers on one of two types of cutting-edge submarines, on highly classified global missions.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 17 - 29
  • Education: Degree
  • Salary: £25,000 Your minimum salary from day one
  • Holiday: 6 weeks Of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £32,000 Your approximate salary after about two years
  • Benefits: £5,000 for earning your ‘Dolphins’
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Welbeck Defence sixth form College

After two years at Welbeck students are ready for anything, including life at university and beyond.

The role at a glance
  • Age: 16 - 17
  • Education: GCSEs
  • Salary: £25,000 Your starting salary
  • Holiday: 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Progression: £31,000 earn over this amount as you progress
  • Benefits: Extra pay Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
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