UGAS Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme - Marine/Weapons Engineer Submariner (MESM/WESM)

TNSL101

Midshipman
Hi,

I have applied to join the Royal Navy on the UGAS submariner engineering scheme. So far, ive passed the recruit test, interview and telephone medical interview.

Assuming I pass the in-person medical (fingers crossed!) and with my fitness not being a problem, my only concern is the specialist interview at the pre naval course...

I have A Levels in Maths and Physics (not great grades but I meet the required UCAS points), but I have no engineering background which I feel could be a factor in them not offering me a place on this course. I don't want to get my hopes up too much for this role as I'm happy to join as a regular W/M submariner engineer but I want to give this interview my best shot.

I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on what they may ask me at this interview? Will there be a lot of engineering related questions? If so, are there any specialist submariner engineering books I can read up on beforehand?

Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
To be honest, the interview is as much about determining your leadership potential as your basic engineering knowledge because you are entering into a scheme that initially offers advancement into a leadership role. The engineering aspect we can teach, but the issue is aptitude and experience working within and leading a team.

If unsure what to expect, speak to your AFCO and request a briefing on what to expect and how best to prepare.
 

TNSL101

Midshipman
After my initial interview, my AFCO advised me to keep up with current affairs (North Korea, Russia, Syria etc) as he said I'll likely be quizzed a bit on that. I follow the news regularly anyway so this shouldn't be too much a problem.

But I'll definitely start having a think about scenarios when I've shown leadership skills as you suggested. Thanks for the reply.
 

dwade98

Midshipman
The medical process took me from the 2nd of November to the 6th of April (passed thank god!) and I'm waiting for my PRNC on the 30th of May. From what I've been told by my careers adviser, the interview will last ~40 minutes and will be focused around these points:
  • Technical acumen/interest
  • Motivation to join UGAS
  • Early evidence of an ability to work in a team
  • Early evidence of leadership ability
  • Suitability for Weapons/Mechanical specialisation
 

Al1902

Midshipman
dwade98,

Good to hear about the medical! Assuming you have done your PJFT? Sounds good! Let us know how you get on, good luck!
 

dwade98

Midshipman
Al1902,

Yeah I completed my PJFT when I visited MOD Caledonia back in February which was a nice surprise as I thought that the run we did was only to see if we were up to standard. Yeah I'll post an update on here as to how the interview goes if I remember (I'll be focused on my A Level exams by the time I get back as they start 4 days after I return from my PRNC.)
Cheers!
 

dwade98

Midshipman
Al1902,
How was your medical? Had my specialist interview the other week and I'm expecting a letter later this month which will tell me whether I'm successful or not.
 

Al1902

Midshipman
dwade98,

Funnily enough I passed the medical last Wednesday, awaiting a PJFT letter now! How did the PRNC go? Was the Specialist interview during the PRNC?
 

dwade98

Midshipman
Good good! Yeah PJFT should be fine, just crank up the speed to a moderate pace and just go for it. The PRNC was really enjoyable, though I already knew what to expect having been on a look at life course. Passed my 2.4km run and 50m swim in decent times. Also had a tour around HMS Artful which was convenient because I had a tour around HMS Vigilant last February so it was nice to see the differences and similarities between them.

The specialist interview was during my PRNC, it was actually at the end of the course so everyone was picked up from RNAC (North) at 11:45 and my interview was at 15:00 and me and the last guy to be interviewed were dropped off at Inverkeithing train station by one of the staff for about 16:30 so expect to be waiting around. My interview lasted an hour and was with a Senior member of staff and the Cdr overseeing UGAS (you may receive an email with some info on this when you get a PRNC date). The interview itself was mainly based around myself, what attracted me to the scheme, and a fair bit on my knowledge of nuclear engineering. I think if I were to give a single piece of advice it would be to just act yourself because they'll chase you down (metaphorically:eek:) if you try to be something you're not.
 

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