Career outlook for merchant navy engineering officer
UK Salary Ranges
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make sure the machinery and instruments on a commercial ship work properly so the crew and passengers are safe when the vessel goes to sea.
You would operate and repair the mechanical and electrical machines, instruments and support systems on the ship
- Ventilation systems
- Navigation and communications equipment
- Deck fittings such as cranes, hoists and landing craft
There are different grades for this job depending on your experience and qualifications.
The Chief Engineer has overall authority for planning engineering tasks and allocating staff
The Second Engineer supervises the day-to-day duties of staff and engine crew.
The Third Engineer assists the second officer and looks after electrical systems and machinery.
The Junior/Fourth Engineer does general machinery maintenance. This is often the first posting for an officer trainee.
Whatever your engineering grade, you would:
- Check machinery and systems regularly
- Respond to alerts about equipment failures
- Repair faults
- Keep up fuel levels and store stocks of spare parts
- Update records for the machinery and systems
You would also mentor and support trainees.
In the Merchant Navy, you could work on:
- Passenger ferries
- Cruise liners
- Container ships
- Bulk carriers
- Salvage and supply vessels
If you work for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – the civilian-crewed ships which support the Royal Navy - you could have responsibility for weapons maintenance.
UK employment status
Create a qualification route
We've found some examples of the qualifications that could help you get this job.Discover my route
Search course options
Thinking about your future? There are lots of courses available that could interest you. Use our course search to explore course options.Find courses
Search job opportunities
If you're looking for your new career our job search can help you. Discover interesting opportunities and decide your next steps.Find a job
Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.
- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
Your skills can help you choose the career that's right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.
Our Skills Explorer tool will help you understand what skills you have and match them to jobs that might suit you.Use the Skills Explorer tool
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you'll need.