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Qualified Engineering technician entry and RTO scheme

Hello,

Looking for a bit more information regarding the qualified technician entry route please.

I’m an ex RN weapons engineer, and have been working civilian engineering jobs for the last few years within a variety of demanding engineering sectors, however I’m looking to get back into the maritime sector, and this seems like a good entry point based on my current qualifications and without taking a big pay cut by going the cadet route.

Regarding progression within this role, ideally I’d be aiming for the Rating to Officer training scheme eventually. What’s the progression route look like for this please? I’d be looking at going into a marine engineering officer role over the systems engineering officer - is this a possibility with starting within the qualified engineering technician role?

What’s the day to day work within the qualified engineering technician look like? Are you essentially working across the whole ship in terms of working on/covering both marine engineering and systems engineering equipment?

Any feedback on this would be massively appreciated, cheers.
 
What was your rank when you left the RN WE world?

Motormen are primarily Marine Engineering with the option of doing Electrical adquals when they make Leading Hand (no guarantee of regularly working with the System Engineers though).

RTO is a very slow route to officer, think the same pain as going Upper Yardie.
 
What was your rank when you left the RN WE world?

Motormen are primarily Marine Engineering with the option of doing Electrical adquals when they make Leading Hand (no guarantee of regularly working with the System Engineers though).

RTO is a very slow route to officer, think the same pain as going Upper Yardie.
I left as an ETWE, (selected for killicks course if that makes any difference), so no option to jump straight into the RFA as a systems engineering officer as far as I can see, also missing the HNC/HND to be eligible, however I am in the process of starting one now. Have since got a level 3 in marine engineering though since leaving the RN, as that’s where my interests lied more compared to weapons/system engineering.

Would the option for RTO as a ME officer still be available to engineers that join via the qualified entry route? You mentioned it’s a slow timeframe for the RTO route, how slow? A couple years from being in a quailed rating position? or is that dreaming?
 
Not dreaming... But no matter your joining route, the path/timeframe is the same for all who have qualified. ME Officer is within every MMs aspiration but will take a fair few years of hard work to tick all the boxes needed to get on the RTO course.

As I was a direct entrant as a 3/O(SE) the precise pain levels are not within my knowledge, but there are a lot of ME officers who started at the bottom.
 
Not dreaming... But no matter your joining route, the path/timeframe is the same for all who have qualified. ME Officer is within every MMs aspiration but will take a fair few years of hard work to tick all the boxes needed to get on the RTO course.

As I was a direct entrant as a 3/O(SE) the precise pain levels are not within my knowledge, but there are a lot of ME officers who started at the bottom.
I appreciate your help, fills me with a bit more confidence that I can start via the qualified technician route while still being able to achieve being a ME Officer.
I’m guessing engineering technicians is the new term for MM now? Would the technicians efforts be more focused towards the marine engineering side compared to the systems side of things?
 
No one on the ship calls them technicians .. Motormen and Motormaids are the usual terms heard onboard, with the PO(E)s being known by the specialisms (Deck Mechanic / Q / SE etc) and the CPO(E) being the ruler of all their lives is normally called the Donkeyman (or Donks for short)
 
Dunno if you're still looking, but if it's the same role I'm thinking of, it's the lateral entry LH (e) that people have been pissed off about. On board LH (e) have 3 roles Plumber/Chippy, Donks bitch assistant and SE rating, though there have been some changes within the manning's of some ships recently and I don't have that info to hand right now. You'll also have a taskbook that you'll have to work through MCA tickets to get (I'm assuming your tickets are RN).

Luckily for you the ME RTO is easier to get than the SE one as the MCA hasn't quite figured out what they want to do for the experienced seafarer route for ETO.
Last I saw the minimum was:
Three PDRs at 3+ or higher, in the last 5 years;
Two recommendations by two separate HoDs from the branch applied for, in the last
five years;
GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C in Maths and English (evidence required);
27 months’ sea time, at any rank, with a minimum of 12 months sea time
acquired in the RFA.
Finally, expect a low morale fleet. We've taken a few hard knocks recently and it'll take time for morale to recover.
 

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