Royal Navy

Opportunities at the Royal Navy


Engineer Officers

As a graduate with a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), you’ll struggle to find a more challenging, versatile and rewarding career than a role as an Engineer Officer within the Royal Navy, working with some of the most technologically advanced kit in the world and alongside the most exceptional individuals you’ll ever likely to meet. 

We’re looking for STEM graduates to join as System Engineers within our weapon, marine and air engineering branches, who’ll thrive in some of the most demanding workplaces around the world, on board one of our high-tech nuclear submarines or latest ships.

Basic requirements


A recognised degree in an engineering or a computer science based subject (on a case by case bases). 180 UCAS points and have five GCSEs (A* to C) or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent, which must include English or Maths.


  • Working as part of a team
  • Working with cutting edge technology
  • A sense of adventure
  • Responsibility and decision making
  • Skilled and intuitive Engineer
  • Able to manage and lead a team
  • Good communicator
  • See creative solutions to problems and make decisions
  • Self motivated, proactive, flexible and confident
You need to be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen when you apply.

Call 08456 07 55 55 to check eligibility to join.

Salary and benefits

Joining the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer you will enjoy generous benefits:

SALARY. £29,587 starting salary (salary details correct 1 April 2011).

MEDICAL. You will receive free medical and dental care wherever you are serving.

HOLIDAY. You will receive six weeks’ paid holiday each year, plus public holidays.

TRAINING AND LIFELONG LEARNING. You will be gaining new skills and qualifications right through your career, most of which will be recognised and valued by future civilian employers. For example, fast track accreditation to chartered or incorporated engineer.

PENSION. Our non-contributory final salary scheme pension is one of the most generous offered by any UK employer.

Application process

The recruitment process for Engineer Officer might seem a bit involved, but that’s because we want you to be absolutely sure it’s the right decision for you. We also have a duty to choose people with the right attitudes and personal qualities to take on the responsibilities of life in the Royal Navy.

GET IN TOUCH. Call 08456 07 55 55. You’ll be asked a few basic questions to check your eligibility to apply. Or you can fill in the online form at

MEET US. We’ll book you on an Initial Careers Presentation (ICP) at a careers office near you were you’ll learn more about us and options open to you.

FIND OUT MORE. After the ICP you’ll have a chance to ask questions. You’ll then fill in a short application form.

SHOW US WHAT YOU’VE GOT. We will then arrange a recruit test (RT) which covers basic English, maths, problem solving and an understanding of mechanics.

YOUR WAY AHEAD. Once we have your RT results and qualifications we will then discuss your most suitable route into the Royal Navy.

FIT TO JOIN. You’ll need to take a medical, an eye test and pre-joining fitness test. You’ll then have a short interview at a careers office. If we feel you have the potential to train as an officer, you’ll enter the selection process, which ends in the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB).

TIME TO GET STARTED. Once you have passed all the tests then we will make you a formal job offer. As soon as a place becomes available, you’ll start your training at Britannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth.


Aside from the unique and varied experiences you’ll enjoy as an Engineer Officer, our training opportunities and rewards are exceptional.

After eight months of officer training at Britannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth, you’ll complete another ten months engineering graduate professional training at one of our top establishments and at sea. With continued career progression, there’s no faster route to a professional accreditation as a chartered or incorporated engineer.


TRAVEL. For centuries, people have joined the Royal Navy to see the world and visit places they might otherwise never get to go to. The opportunity to travel is still one of the attractions of a career with us.

We operate in literally every part of the world, from UK home waters to the Far East, the South Atlantic, the Gulf, the Mediterranean and Antarctica. Life at sea offers sights and experiences you won’t find in any guide book or holiday brochure. Once your duties in port are complete, you’ll have a chance to explore the country, which could be anywhere from Hong Kong to Hawaii.

PROMOTION. Promotion within the Royal Navy is on merit. If you work hard and show potential, you will be promoted, gaining the extra responsibility and pay that goes with the higher ranks. So, how far and fast you progress your career is very much in your hands and depends on your choices and achievements.