Start your career as a Probationary Leading Hand, undertaking 3½ years of training and education, learning how our systems work and qualifying as a Petty Officer. You’ll then complete a minimum of 3 years’ active service on a submarine, getting hands-on with our most advanced kit.
At sea, as a Marine Engineer Submariner (MESM),
You will operate and maintain the nuclear reactor and all of its supporting systems to ensure its safe operation. You will also be responsible for operating and maintaining the propulsion and ship systems including electrical power generation and distribution systems, vital to the delivery of submarine missions.
When the submarine goes into action, you’ll be part of a damage-control and fire-fighting organisation capable of dealing with all submarine emergencies so that the submarine can still fight effectively.
In harbour, you will be part of a highly trained team of technicians, maintaining and repairing the complex nuclear systems and support equipment which ensure the continued safe operation of the Submarine.
At sea, as a Weapon Engineer Submariner (WESM),
You will be directly responsible for maintaining the availability of technologically advanced electronic equipment which is critical to the fighting ability of the Submarine be that from the Tactical Weapons System (Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles) or the Strategic Weapons System (Trident missiles).
When the submarine goes into action, you could also be part of a damage-control and firefighting team capable of dealing with a wide variety of submarine emergencies so that the submarine can still fight effectively. In harbour, you will eventually lead a highly trained team of technicians to maintain and repair the equipment that forms the submarine’s complex weapon systems.
Your service will also include time at university to build upon your extensive submarine engineering education and gain a BEng (Hons) degree. As a qualified submariner, you’ll be part of an elite fighting force, respected throughout the world.
If you show the right commitment, skills, and academic ability, you will also have the opportunity to complete the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) process and become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be selected for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can rise through the ranks.
You’ll start your naval career as a Probationary Leading Hand. With experience and further training, you will be promoted to Petty Officer and maybe beyond.
If you show the right commitment, skills, and academic ability, you could become a Commissioned Officer.
Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks.
Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base near Plymouth. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon-handling skills you’ll learn here will stay with you right through your Royal Navy career. You then progress to basic submarine training, some of which will be onboard a submarine. You will learn how all the machinery and equipment work and how the crew operates the submarine.
As a MESM this will then be followed by a move to the Defence School of Marine Engineering in HMS Sultan, Gosport as a probationary Leading Engineering Technician. Completion of the first phase of your technical and nuclear training will be followed by a consolidation phase onboard a Submarine where you will become a qualified Submariner. You will then return to HMS Sultan to complete your technical and leadership training ahead of taking up a role onboard as a Petty Officer Engineering Technician.
As a WESM this will then be followed by a move to the Maritime Warfare School in HMS Collingwood, Fareham as a probationary Leading Engineering Technician. Completion of the first phase of your technical training will be followed by a consolidation phase onboard a Submarine where you will become a qualified Submariner. You will then return to HMS Collingwood to complete your technical and leadership training ahead of taking up a role onboard as a Petty Officer Engineering Technician.
If you show the right commitment, skills, and academic ability, you will also have the opportunity to complete the Admiralty Interview Board (AiB) process and become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be selected for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can rise through the ranks.
There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship and joining under UGAS within the Royal Navy, such as:
- Start on a salary of over £33,000. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £51,000
- A funded BEng (Hons) degree in Engineering
- Additional Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified
- A £5,000 bonus on being awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner
- Six weeks of paid holiday every year
- Travel the world
The Royal Navy will give you skills. We’ll develop your abilities, train you to be the best, show you how to achieve your goals and give you recognised qualifications
- A quick thinker, with a keen interest in mechanics and electrics
- A problem-solver, who can work well as part of a team
- A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
- Enthusiasm for learning to maintain and fix cutting-edge equipment
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including English Language, Mathematics and at least one science.
There are 2 options for acceptable qualifications required in addition to the basic academic criteria above:
- A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma (with a minimum of a merit) in engineering discipline (or equivalent)
- At least 48 UCAS points in A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a STEM based subject
At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved:
Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard comprising of:
- Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)
- Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)
- Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Competence)
- Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Knowledge)
You will then complete a Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering or Electronics Engineering and then a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or Electronic Systems.
You can also gain academic qualifications such as GCSEs and A-levels. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by future civilian employers.