Engineer Officer Entry Requirement

Hi all,

When I first got in contact with the RN I was told I could apply as an engineering officer due to my A Levels. But then when I spoke with an AEO at my AFCO she said that at 25 I'd be too old to join as an AEO and earn my degree whilst I was in.. Can anyone shed some light on this as I keep getting the term "fast tracking" with regards to joining as a rating and working my way up instead of joining as an officer straight away.

I think I'll probably be well past Officer age by the time I get in but just want to explore the options..

Is engineering rating more hands-on (actual time on the tools) than engineering officer anyway?

I have never seen an engineering officer with a tool of any description in his/her hand. If a pen is classed as a tool then I stand corrected.

The best AEO's are the one who don't know where the hangar is and believe everything the SMR tells him/her.
 
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Upper age limit for RN Engineer officer is 30 but age waivers are possible if relevant industrial experience is held. The previous reply is correct in saying that as an engineer officer you'll rarely, if ever, touch a tool. You'll spend your time writing operational defect signals, briefing the captain or bitching at the navigator/PWO/pilot for breaking your kit.

you can't join and then get your engineering degree. You have to apply concurrently to applying to uni. You sit the AIB and if you pass then you get a reserved place/bursary/DTUS place. Look up engineer bursaries and the DTUS Scheme on the RN Website.

bursary and DTUS will give £4k/year and then £15k over three payments when you join. Or if you go get your degree then apply to join, the golden hello is £27k. Either way, you get the same amount of money.

point to note: degrees that are accepted by the RN for engineer officer roles are those which are accredited by the Engineering Council only.

This information can be trusted as correct as I'm an RN Careers Officer myself.
 

emu7

Newbie
Degrees accredited by the institutes of maths or physics or the British computer society are also acceptable. You need to be under the age of 30 on the first day of the month in which you enter BRNC. Being an engineer officer in the RN is a fast track route to professional engineer accreditation - so you don't need to be accredited when you apply. You also need to have 5 GCSEs A-C inc English Language and Maths and min 180 UCAS points (3 Ds at A-Level).

Hope this helps.


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Hi,

Sorry - have just read your post and I have a question re it. I've just passed my AIB and was hoping to go in as a WE. But my degree which is a BSc in Mathematics (honours) isn't on the accredited list by the Institute of Mathematics:

http://www.ima.org.uk/_db/_documents/List of Accredited Degree Programmes for Web 21-08-2014.pdf

Is this going to be a problem? Because there are A LOT of good universities that do maths that are not on that list and unfortunately mine is one of them!

Advice appreciated - will contact my Uni to ask it also. But you guys always know so thought it's worth asking!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
By the book, the validity of your degree should've been verified by your ACLO prior to AIB. In the event it wasn't and there's been an error, keep us posted.

Good luck.
 

emu7

Newbie
Hi Ninja_stoker, thanks for that. I think the reason is I originally applied for warfare. I passed AIB but with a low score and the board offered me TM or WE as they thought I was better suited.
 
I presume you are who I think you are and if so then I'm already looking into this for you :). Yes, you've managed to contact the same person you usually speak to but by independent means!
 

SpannerRat

Lantern Swinger
Upper age limit for RN Engineer officer is 30 but age waivers are possible if relevant industrial experience is held. The previous reply is correct in saying that as an engineer officer you'll rarely, if ever, touch a tool. You'll spend your time writing operational defect signals, briefing the captain or bitching at the navigator/PWO/pilot for breaking your kit.

you can't join and then get your engineering degree. You have to apply concurrently to applying to uni. You sit the AIB and if you pass then you get a reserved place/bursary/DTUS place. Look up engineer bursaries and the DTUS Scheme on the RN Website.

bursary and DTUS will give £4k/year and then £15k over three payments when you join. Or if you go get your degree then apply to join, the golden hello is £27k. Either way, you get the same amount of money.

point to note: degrees that are accepted by the RN for engineer officer roles are those which are accredited by the Engineering Council only.

This information can be trusted as correct as I'm an RN Careers Officer myself.
Is there an age limit on the DTUS scheme?

Also, a lot of videos and the like that I've seen suggest that EOs get time to develop their technical skills as well as their leadership ones.

Would Marine/Air EO be suitable for someone looking for a technical career, fixing engines etc with managerial responsibilities or would perhaps a Technician role aiming for Leading Hand level be more suitable?
 

digger84

War Hero
Engineering Officers manage technicians , technicians manage the equipment. An Engineering officer would never fix any equipment.
 
Most AEO's only go into the hangar to do mornings rounds. "Can somebody stow that green trolley thing properly?", "you mean the hydraulic rig sir?, "correct, what's it for?".


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