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Civvie plumber thinking of becoming and engineering technician marine engineer

Matta2

Newbie
Hey I am 27 years old have worked in the plumbing industry since I left school. However I have become interested in joining the navy as a ET marine engineer. As I would like to widen my skills. I believe this job is the one that will use my skills picked up in the plumbing industry the most out of any job in the navy. Is this correct? I would be taking quite a big pay cut to join, but can promotion be quick in this trade?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Marine Engineering is probably more closely aligned to a vehicle mechanic in the civilian sector, although the hull/shipwright aspect does involve a pipe-fitting element and the branch does maintain domestic freshwater, air conditioning & heating systems.

Qualified tradespersons such as vehicle mechanics, welders, fitter/turners, toolmakers, plumbers & electricians sometimes fall between the cracks with regard wages/employment within the Navy. Often they fall short of being educationally qualified to join in a supervisory role as an engineering officer but are technically "over-qualified/experienced" when joining as an engineering rating.

There are talks of recruiting Direct Entry skilled tradespersons with automatic accelerated advancement (promotion) to Petty Officer or Chief Petty Officer but nothing is actually in print as I type, to my knowledge.

There are fast-track schemes in the technical branches and it is feasible to achieve an annual income around the £30k mark under current schemes within 3-4 years. Trouble is - can you afford to be earning less than £20k for 4 years?

My advice? Sit tight and wait to see if a direct entry scheme is introduced for those such as yourself who have the extra skills & qualifications. It could make a significant difference to your earnings potential & if it is going to happen, it will hopefully be introduced this year.

You could start the selection process, with no obligation to join and wait to see if things develop in your favour before joining. Dig out your certificates - they could be of value. For ET(ME) you could join in less than 6 months under the current scheme, incidentally but you can defer entry if you wish.

Good luck.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Stay as a plumber, even a four ring Captain on megabucks can't afford a plumbers call out fee:(
Scandalous innit. You only need to learn the phrase "Your boiler is knackered, missus" and you're paying the higher rate of income tax. ;)
 

Nadinebbb

Midshipman
If ME is 6 months-ish, any idea how long WE and CIS is currently please? I have my RT test coming up and aiming for WE but CIS looks good too!!!
 

Matta2

Newbie
Thanks for the informative reply Ninja_stoker. The direct entry skilled tradespersons option would be great if it becomes an option for trades people applying. One of my reasons for wanting to join is to learn new skills. I have an interest in working in the branch that as you said looks after the ship fresh drinking water, I believe this is by reverse osmosis. Were would be the best place to keep informed about the possible direct entry skilled tradesperson option?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Best bet is via your local AFCO (contact details on the AFCO link in my signature).

If or when the direct entry/accelerated advancement route is introduced, it'll probably be announced here also.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
There are talks of recruiting Direct Entry skilled tradespersons with automatic accelerated advancement (promotion) to Petty Officer or Chief Petty Officer but nothing is actually in print as I type, to my knowledge.

My advice? Sit tight and wait to see if a direct entry scheme is introduced for those such as yourself who have the extra skills & qualifications. It could make a significant difference to your earnings potential & if it is going to happen, it will hopefully be introduced this year.
As foretold: http://www.navy-net.co.uk/community...ine-engineer-technicians-introduction.100262/
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Thanks for the reply. However I am a plumber so don't have engineering qualifications :(.
Really? I thought you needed an NVQ Diploma in Installing and Maintaining Domestic Heating Systems and/or NVQ Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating in order to be a qualified plumber.
 

Matta2

Newbie
Thanks for the reply I have and NVQ in plumbing and heating. However I don't have the.
  • Formal academic engineering qualification at Level 4 (HNC or equivalent)
So I am guessing I wouldn't qualify?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
If you have NVQ4 in plumbing, it may well be worth digging out your certificate(s) so your AFCO can take copies & check their validity for you.
 

Matta2

Newbie
Guess I will have to apply for rating and hope my skills from the plumbing and heating industry help me get promoted quick.
 
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