Maritime mechanic apprenticeship

Undertake testing, fault diagnosis and maintenance

A maritime mechanic is employed in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy. During the maritime mechanic apprenticeship, you’ll work from engineering drawings, data and documentation in order to undertake the testing, fault diagnosis and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and fluid power equipment on ships and submarines. This can include propulsion machinery, weapons, sensors, reactors and auxiliary systems, such as water, air conditioning, electronic equipment including programmable logic controllers, power generation and distribution. You’ll develop knowledge and expertise in the use of both common and specialist test equipment and hand and machine tools, as well as the use of a range of measuring and diagnostic equipment processes to ensure system and equipment performance meet the required specification. In the Royal Navy, you’ll typically work as a motorman.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and DT

Entry requirements for the maritime mechanic apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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