Marine surveyor apprenticeship

Independently verify the structure, machinery, equipment and systems of ships and vessels

A marine surveyor independently verifies the structure, machinery, equipment and systems of ships and vessels, to ensure compliance with relevant rules and regulations covering construction, stability, outfitting, equipping, safety and operation. This means you’ll establish the condition of the ship or vessel and locate any potential or actual damage or repairs required, and verify its suitability and fitness to operate. Marine surveyors will also examine ships and vessels to establish its value. While much of the planning for a survey is carried out in an office environment, you’ll conduct the surveys themselves onboard the ship, either in port or during operations. You’ll work outside in all weathers, and inspect all parts of a ship, which will include safe working at heights and in confined spaces. You’ll be responsible for carrying out expert surveys, including its planning and the safe conduct of the survey itself, as well as the production and presentation of written and oral reports of the survey’s results and outcomes. On completion of the marine surveyor apprenticeship, you’ll achieve a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, marine surveying or naval architecture.


Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and maths

Entry requirements for the marine surveyor apprenticeship: Advanced level qualification (level 3) and experience of working in a maritime environment

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £35,000 per annum

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