Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.
There will be
3% more Marine engineer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You’ll need a detailed technical knowledge of naval construction, and mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering systems.
Depending on the industry you work in, your duties could include:
You’ll usually need an HNC, HND or degree in an engineering subject to get into this career.
Relevant subjects include:
You could also:
The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the British Marine Federation have more information about becoming a marine engineer.
Starter salary: £24,000 to £28,000
Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000
These figures are a guide
You’ll be expected to work flexible hours, which may include shift work and weekends.
If you work in ship design or construction, your job would be shore based.
You could also be away from home for long periods, working on ships, submarines or offshore installations.
This job can be physically demanding.
With experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy.
There are also opportunities overseas for experienced marine engineers.
You may need diving skills if your job involves underwater work.
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