Marine Engineer

Royal Logistic Corps

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

COULD YOU HELP TO KEEP THE BRITISH ARMY'S FLEET OF SEAGOING VESSELS FIT TO FIGHT?

AS ARMY MARINE ENGINEERS, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATING, MAINTAINING AND REPAIRING THE ARMY'S FLEET OF SEAGOING VESSELS WHICH ARE USED TO MOVE SOLDIERS, VEHICLES AND SUPPLIES WORLDWIDE.

As a Marine Engineer, you are an important part of the vessel’s crew and will be responsible for maintaining and repairing the craft and its engines. You will be expected to think on your feet and solve problems on a daily basis, you need to be naturally independent, self-motivating and work well under pressure - if a vessel breaks down at sea all eyes quickly focus on the Marine Engineer! You will routinely work alongside the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and in support of the Royal Marines, leading on tasks such as hurricane and disaster relief.

Aside from engineering, there are also opportunities to get involved in the huge array of Army sports as well as all forms of Adventurous Training. 

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to handling a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Next, you will undertake your 15-week Combat Logistician course at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield. During this, you will earn your Category C+E Driving Licence and study general service driver modules. This training also gives you the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge on the Royal Logistic Corps functions and roles.

Step 3
You will then complete a 27-week mechanics course at MOD Lyneham, where further vessel specific training modules teach you to be a Class 3 Marine Engineer.

Next, Class 2 is achieved by completing a vessel orientated Record of Achievement and several short courses including water jet propulsion and fibre reinforced plastic repair. To obtain Class 1, you will attend a 43-week course delivered at the Defence School of Marine Engineering at HMS Sultan in Gosport.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 143kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • C&G Refrigeration Reclamation
  • CMI Level 3 1st Line Management
  • IMechE Engineering Technician
  • Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"As a Marine Engineer I have taken advantage of every opportunity that has come my way. I first started as a Mexeflote Engineer. The job came with a lot of responsibility, so I had a real sense of belonging and pride in my job right from the start. I have spent time with the Royal Marines working on Jet-Skis and outboard engines, further developing my engineering knowledge. On promotion, I was posted as a Combat Support Boat Engineer and deployed to the Caribbean. Our role was to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during hurricane season. During this period, all my training and experience was put to the test." Lance Corporal Mark Maudsley

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You start by training to be a soldier with your Reserve unit.

Step 2
Then you do a Marine Engineering course. This happens at the Defence School of Marine Engineering at MOD Lyneham. The course lasts 2 weeks and you carry out marine engineering as a Mexeflote 2nd Engineer. It’s followed by two more modules over five days, which cover Seamanship, among other skills. We do our best to make sure that Army Reserve training fits in with your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 143kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: Formal civilian or military engineering qualification

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Cat C+E HGV driving licence
  • Cat B car licence

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 per day once you're a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“As a Marine Engineer in the Army Reserve, I have worked very closely with my Regular colleagues. The experience you can gain from working with people who do the job every day is invaluable. I have to think on my feet so any tips I can pick up will always come in handy. Whether I’m working at home or abroad, I always feel part of a team. It’s very different from my day job. This is what keeps me coming back.” – LCpl Tubb

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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