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Marine Engineer

Marine Engineer

“If you have a passion for marine technologies and have good technical engineering skills, this could be the ideal career for you.”

Marine Engineer

Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment. To work as a marine engineer, you need a detailed technical knowledge of naval construction, and mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering systems.

In this job you should have excellent maths and IT skills. You should have good design skills. You should also have a range of management skills, such as negotiating, prioritising and supervising.

To get into this job you would usually need a degree or BTEC HNC/HND in an engineering subject, such as marine engineering or marine technology. An alternative route is to train as an engineering officer with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy, and move into commercial engineering later – apprenticeships are also available.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • communicating marine technical information
  • diagnostic, maintenance and servicing procedures of various systems and technologies
  • the ability to prioritise workloads and plan effectively
  • an awareness of health and safety procedures in a marine environment
  • improved maths, English and IT skills

Your future

  • Almost 85% of science, research, engineering and technology roles will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • Water and sewerage jobs are expanded to expand by 39% across the South West by 2020
  • 32,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the water and sewerage sector by 2020. A 20% increase, 190,000 in total
  • 100% of Noss Marine Academy students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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