Marine technical superintendent apprenticeship

Responsible for the safe and economic operation of one or more vessels

A marine technical superintendent is responsible for the safe and economic operation of one or more vessels. During the marine technical superintendent apprenticeship, you’ll oversee vessel performance and be responsible for their technical and operational condition. Your tasks will include the planning and execution of refit and fleet time maintenance programmes, implementing and monitoring compliance, and ensuring vessels are fully certified according to international maritime legislative requirements and classification society regulations. The duties and responsibilities of a marine technical superintendent are significantly broader than those of a sea-going engineer and require advanced skills in leadership and management, financial and commercial proficiency, project management expertise and the commitment to keep abreast of emerging technologies, including cyber security and ship automation. You’ll also provide subject matter expertise in the event of an emergency response situation.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Science 

Entry requirements for the marine technical superintendent apprenticeship: A foundation level qualification (level 5) and experience in a maritime engineering discipline, preferably as a second engineer officer or electro-technical officer with equivalent experience. Alternatively, a background in the management of ship-repair or experience as a classification society surveyor

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £40,000 per annum

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