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ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN (MARINE ENGINEERING)

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    16-36
    Nationality:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    No specific qualifications are needed, but those with the aptitude to pass a modern apprenticeship or Foundation degree will be likely to progress quickly.
    Gender:
    Engineering Technicians (Marine Engineering) - ET(ME)s - can be men or women

    Job description

    The Royal Navy uses highly sophisticated, modern warships which can operate in the harshest conditions imaginable. You will be part of the team that looks after everything from the fuel, power and propulsion systems that keep the ship going, to the water purification and air-conditioning equipment critical to the wellbeing of the crew.

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

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    On board

    Name: Amanda White
    Age: 26

    What kind of kit do you work with?

    I work in the section looking after the ship's boilers and evaporators, which provide fresh water for the ship while we're at sea. We go through between 50 and 60 tonnes of water a day, because we've got the galleys, laundries, showers and so on. We can only store enough water to last us two days, so if this kit breaks down, we've got to get it fixed fast.

    Could you do that kind of work before you joined the Royal Navy?

    Not at all. I was a secretary and an accounts clerk, not an engineer. But I didn't want to do a desk job any more; I really wanted to do something different. That's why I joined.

    So it was a big change?

    Well, I wasn't all that fit when I went to HMS Raleigh, so I found it quite hard work. But it was really enjoyable - everything you do there is about team building.