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Merchant Navy Engineering Officer

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Merchant Navy engineering officers are members of the team operating, maintaining and repairing all the machinery and technical equipment on board a ship. Officers are responsible for the work of the engine room ratings under their command. They may also work for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), which supplies the needs of Royal Navy ships at sea.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Average starting salaries, when qualified, are £25,000 to £30,000 a year for a junior/fourth engineer officer, rising to about £37,000 for third officer and £54,000 or more for second officer. A chief engineering officer can earn up to £70,000 a year or more. While at sea, you would have free accommodation and food as well as some transport costs.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs on different kinds of vessel: cruise liners, oil tankers, container ships, ferries, cargo ships.

There is a National 4 Skills for Work course in Uniformed and Emergency Services which introduces school pupils to careers in the emergency services, the armed services and the Merchant Navy. Contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority for details.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1326
1.5 %
RISE
2023
1346
  United Kingdom
2018
7229
0.2 %
RISE
2023
7247

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

The members of the crew generally come from a wide range of countries and will have varying degrees of knowledge of the English language.

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
Tel: 020 7382 2600
E-mail: info@imarest.org
Website: https://www.imarest.org
Twitter: @IMarEST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIMarEST/

Maritime Skills Alliance
Website: https://www.maritimeskills.org

The Maritime Skills Alliance designs and promotes qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK’s maritime sector.

Maritime UK
Tel: 020 7417 2837
E-mail: info@maritimeuk.org
Website: https://www.maritimeuk.org/careers/
Twitter: @MaritimeUK

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB)
E-mail: enquiry@careersatsea.org
Website: http://mntb.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.careersatsea.org/
Twitter: @careersatsea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/careersatsea

The MNTB can provide information on the shipping companies and training groups which operate training schemes for ratings and officer cadets. The MNTB websites also have useful careers information.

Nautical Institute
Tel: 020 7928 1351
E-mail: dp@nautinst.org
Website: http://www.nautinst.org/
Twitter: @NauticalInst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenauticalinstitute

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