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Marine Engineer

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Marine engineers are involved in designing, building and maintaining the engines, systems and equipment used in ships, yachts, remote operated vehicles and subsea and offshore installations. They need a wide knowledge and understanding of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and electronic systems, but would usually specialise in a particular area.

Seagoing marine engineers are responsible for all engines, equipment and machinery while the vessels are at sea.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

The starting salary for marine engineers at graduate entry is usually around £23,000 to £28,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year. Senior engineers can earn from £50,000 to £75,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Marine engineers are employed by a variety of organisations, including shipbuilding and repairing companies, ship owning companies, offshore oil and gas companies, marine equipment manufacturers, defence contractors, the Ministry of Defence, the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy. Jobs are advertised on the internet and through specialist journals.

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
6627
1.7 %
RISE
2023
6739
  United Kingdom
2018
65426
2.4 %
RISE
2023
67014

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Marine Federation
Tel: 01784 473377
E-mail: info@britishmarine.co.uk
Website: http://www.britishmarine.co.uk/
Twitter: @britishmarine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishMarine

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

EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0400
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsEngineers

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/

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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