How to Become a Marine Engineer

How to Become a Marine Engineer / 01.14.2020

The good news for those looking to train and become a marine engineer is there is no shortage of opportunities to join the maritime industry as an engineer.

There is one clear route to kickstart your career in marine engineering; a Maritime Engineering Cadetship.

Much like an engineering apprenticeship, an marine engineering officer cadetship is a paid alternative to conventional academic higher education.

The three-year course encompasses classroom-based studies, sea placements and personal mentoring throughout.

Each Cadetship is sponsored by a marine charity or commercial maritime company.

Trainee Marine Engineering Officers who qualify will be provided with a wealth of opportunities that long term can be continued at sea or ashore.

Marine Engineering Cadetship Entry Requirements:

HND in Marine Engineering

  • GCSE Maths at grade 5 (or above) or Scottish Standard National Level 5
  • GCSE’s English, Physics or Combined Science and at least two other subjects grade 4 (or above) or Scottish Standard National Level 4.

Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering

  • GCSE Maths at grade 5 (or above) or Scottish Standard National Level 5
  • GCSE’s English, Physics or Combined Science and at least two other subjects grade 4 (or above) or Scottish Standard National Level 4.
  • Minimum of 48 Tariff points or 120 UCAS points pre-2017, through A Levels or their equivalents, preferably in Mathematics or a Science based subject. (For Marine Engineering and Marine Electrical/Electronic Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma’s are considered.)

Honours Degree in Marine Engineering

  • GCSE Maths at grade 5 (or above) or Scottish Standard National Level 5
  • GCSE’s English, Physics or Combined Science and at least two other subjects grade 4 (or above) or Scottish Standard National Level 4.
  • Minimum of 80 Tariff points or 120 UCAS points pre-2017, in accordance with the requirements of the sponsoring company, through A Levels or their equivalents, including Mathematics or a Science based subject.

Applying to become a Marine Engineering Cadet

Chiltern Maritime is the UK’s Top Ranked Officer Cadetship provider with an 85% success rate.

Application via our online portal is the official means of application for a maritime cadetship for many of our cadetship sponsors and charities

We’ve made it easier than ever to apply online for a marine engineering cadetship via our online application process.

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