Hi all,

I have a fair idea of the training pipeline for a marine engineer (submariner) up to the point of the first competent job, but from there everything becomes a little obscure.

What scope is there for 'specialisation'? Do each of the engineers train to become specialists in a particular area? I.e. in gas turbines, hydraulics, air systems etc. Or are they all just 'general' engineers?

I was actually asked about specialisation at my career discussion interview, and was quite baffled to be honest.

If anyone can shed some light on this it would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Gas turbines, in a submarine?

When you say ‘marine engineer’ do you mean Engineering Technician
(Marine Engineering)?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
As a former ME(SM), you only specialise mechanical or electrical later on, at Leading Hand stage I believe but happy to be corrected, other than that you'll work on all systems. You will do seperate courses for individual bits of equipment though.
 
Gas turbines, in a submarine?

When you say ‘marine engineer’ do you mean Engineering Technician
(Marine Engineering)?
Oops, no of course not. I just copied what was in the training section of the job description.

No, I meant an officer. From the RoS document I came across there was mention of a PhD, so I'm guessing there is scope for specialisation into a particular area.
 
As a former ME(SM), you only specialise mechanical or electrical later on, at Leading Hand stage I believe but happy to be corrected, other than that you'll work on all systems. You will do seperate courses for individual bits of equipment though.
Thank you for the reply; I should have been clearer in mentioning the fact it was the officer role I was ultimately referring to. Apologies!

If you know anything with regards to the officer role then I'd be keen to hear.

Thanks again!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I was actually asked about specialisation at my career discussion interview, and was quite baffled to be honest.
#MeToo

Makes me wonder WTF the ACLO was on about. Give them a ring and ask which ME specialisations are available, standby for some waffling.
 

saltydog

Midshipman
MESM is about 100 training weeks with 7 phases and a PGDip as part of the course. after first draft you could be sent to do what ever they need, operational support, acquisition, shore training, shore support, more training probably an Msc then back to sea as DMEO/MEO. then second stage career is whatever you want to specialize in but that's at the very least 12 years in.
 

Merman

Midshipman
No you don't really specialise as such as an officer.

During your first sea draft you will hopefully pass a charge engineers board and gain a recommendation for charge engineer.

You then normally get 2 shore drafts in engineering support or squadron type places. Once they are complete you will attend meo(dmeo course) desig course at HMS Sultan.

After that you will be expected to fulfill another sea draft as a charge engineer picking up your half ring usually around qualification time.

If you succeed as a dmeo you will hopefully be moved into the MEO position for another sea draft, although dmeo and meo I think is the same draft you just have to progress through.

Once your MEO time is finished that's pretty much your sea going obligation done. You will then be sent inboard to manage a support section in some sort of marine engineer role. There are common lt cdr roles that you can do like personal assistant to an admiral etc. Once MEO is done you don't usually go back to being an MEO again.

There are lots of different lt cdr roles inboard. There are also different tiers of jobs. If you excel in your lt cdr position you maybe selected for commander and move up to higher level admin job. It goes on and up from here.

You never really specialise but for example you work at precurement then you may look to stay in that side of the RN then they may promote you within the precurement side of the job. But ultimately you can go anywhere you choose.

If you need more specific times prior to first sea draft I can assist.

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