Marine engineer apprenticeship

Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment

A marine engineer works on boats such as yachts, commercial craft and superyachts. During the marine engineer apprenticeship, you’ll install, maintain, fault find and repair marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment. You’ll also design and produce solutions to meet boat layouts, restrictions and engineering requirements, or produce boat engineering systems from engineering and technical drawings to specifications. Precision is crucial in this line of work, requiring the use of different measuring tools and machinery to meet exact specifications. You’ll manufacture, assemble, strip, repair and re-build components. You’ll develop into a good communicator and problem-solver, capable of commissioning and testing boat systems, and will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work. You’ll also often attend sea trials (the testing phase of new boats, ships, and submarines). By the end of the marine engineer apprenticeship, you’ll collaborate closely with, and learn up-to-date industry knowledge from people in other marine industry trades like boatbuilders and marine electricians.


Duration: 42 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and DT

Entry requirements for the marine engineer apprenticeship: GCSEs in maths, English, a science and a technology

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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