Marine Engineer Training

by Jeremy and Taylor

Marine Engineer Training

A Marine Engineer is an officer who operates, maintains, and repairs the machinery of a ship. To become a Marine Engineer you must meet a certain trainging criteria. Marine engineers must have mechincal skills, eye for detail, problem solving skills, decision making ability as well as good communication skills. Marine engineers must have the knowledge of math, physics and chemistry. They need to be trained to be able to do machine operations and maintence along with safetly rules and methods. They need to start off to work as trainees, in which they need to complete a Trade certificate in fitting and turning or auto engineering, university or polytechnic training, also cadet training.



Training varies, depending on the entry route taken and the type of employer. New recruits generally receive on-the-job training and may also attend internal or external courses. Following the award of a degree or an HNC/HND, and after further training with an employer, engineers can go on to register with the Engineering Council as a professional engineer - either Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer. Trainees with the Royal Navy undergo 28 weeks of initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. Successful candidates complete an initial four-month period of training at sea before entering professional training. Marine engineers are expected to undertake continuing professional development. This can include attending courses, meetings, workshops and seminars.

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To become a Marine Engineer you must have specific skills.

  • have maths skills
  • be good at planning and project management
  • be able to analyse and interpret data
  • have good problem-solving skills
  • be good at working as part of a team
  • have management and leadership skills
  • have good communication skills
  • be physically fit
  • have a co-operative attitude to living and working closely with others
  • be environmentally aware.


Work Hours and Salaries

Working hours vary from job to job. Working environments include offices, shipyards and boatyards, ships, submarines and offshore installations. Many jobs involve a combination of indoor and outdoor work and long periods away from home. Living quarters on a ship, submarine or offshore installation are compact, and jobs in these environments require spending 24 hours a day in close proximity to colleagues. The work may demand physical activity, such as climbing and lifting. Salaries range from about $53,000 and $120,000