Looking to join navy - Marine Engineer


Hi lads/ladies!

My names Rob and im Currently considering joining the navy next year and looking to go into marine engineering.

Either on a ship or as a submariner. What are the pro's and cons for each?

Which will offer the best oppurtunities and be the most interesting fro mthe prospective of being a marine engineer.

Whats your thoughts on life in the navy as it is nowadays. It seems to be quite a good future for the navy with the new Type 45's coming into service and the new submarines being built for 2008 and onwards???

All help and advice greatly apreciated :D


War Hero
There have been a few threads before about the pros/cons of surface vs. submarines so have a look out for those. 8)
I would imagine submarines are very interesting in terms of marine engineering (oh, and they're absolutely desperate for submarine MEs just now, and the pay is very good) but you might not see as much of the world as you would do on a ship.
I've a mate who's just passed his AIB to become a marine engineering officer and he starts at Dartmouth soon. I'll keep you posted on how he gets on/how he finds it.


Welcome to RR mate , cant help with your question though , been outside to long , good luck in whatever you choose though , :)


Lantern Swinger
This is the first thing I came across on the topic, I seem to remember reading a few other threads about surface v subs elsewhere. (I don't know why I was reading them though - interest? - if I've got anything to do with it, they won't get me near a sub once I'm in, but then you never know...)
Stoker City over on this forum!

It won't be too easy finding out pros and cons of boats Vs ships, companies of each think their's is the way forward!

Even if i could go on boats, i'd still stay surface. If that helps any ;)


War Hero
Welcome Rob,

If you want to be a 'Stoker' or Artificer you'll be joining as an Engineering Technician. Be ready for more maths and engineering science. The bar is being raised, though the reward lowered- true technician status available at Leading Hand where it was previously CPO.

Or you could study for an engineering degree and join as an Engineer Officer (or you may already have a degree). We'll beat those grocers' apostrophes out of you! :wink:

Submarines? When the Government wakes up and we get new nuclear power stations nuclear experience and qualifications will be in greater demand. Not many runs ashore on bombers though.

new submarines being built for 2008 and onwards???

Astute? ISD of the first one 2008, the rest following slowly. How many? Probably not as many as we wanted so maybe not such a bright future.

Surface Fleet, more variety (when they get out of Guz and Pompey)

RFA? Slightly less pay, harder work (fewer engineering staff), longer hair but more time off. Four new ships coming into service at this time (Mounts Bay already in service) but still not sure if the RFA will run all four Bays. More new stuff planned.

Feel free to PM for further career info.
hi rob

now i can see why you want to be an engineer - done 17 years myself - but why not try the dark side and come over to the FAA, admittedly the engines are a incey teeny bit smaller but we get to play on flightdecks instead ofsweaty bilges. you can pretend to be a steely eyed fighter pilots mate when on the booze and you dont go to sea a quarter as much as general service bods. not that i would dream of slagging of the other trades but the careers office always try to push the FAA as much as possible - join the navy and clean an officers cabin, dish out stores, pump the bilges or fix jets (it makes me hard just typing the words)

remember - i'd rather have a sister in a whorehouse than a brother on 800 squadron