Marine Engineer Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

The Marine Engineer apprenticeship is for those looking for a career in the marine industry working as an engineer on marine craft. Marine Engineers are responsible for installing, maintaining, fault finding and repairing marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment on marine craft such as yachts, workboats, cruise ships and superyachts.

As a marine apprentice you will mostly work under the supervision of others and undertake tasks such as boat handling, support, repair and outfitting. You will develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work as a professional and competent marine engineer. 

What you will learn

As a Marine Engineering apprentice you will design and produce solutions to meet boat layouts, restrictions and engineering requirements, or produce boat engineering systems from engineering and technical drawings to specifications. Marine engineers work to fine tolerances using a variety of measuring equipment, machines and tools. They manufacture, assemble, strip, repair and re-build components.

You will use carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, electrical and engineering skills or become a marine engineer/electrician to service and repair boat engines. The work could involve constructing frameworks, hulls and decks – even installing parts such as engines, propellers and steering systems.


Tasks typically include:

  • Marking out construction materials using engineering design templates
  • Welding, cutting and shaping parts or sections
  • Assembling boat sections and pipe work
  • Fitting out the vessel with furnishings, heating and lighting as well as navigation and communications equipment
  • Installation of electrical wiring support systems
  • Principles of marine electrical systems
Learning style

As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. 

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

Entry requirements

Each employer will state their own requirements but you should have GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English, maths and technology.

If you have not already achieved level 2 English and maths, you will be required to have completed your exams in these subjects prior to the completion of your apprenticeship.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 48 months
  • Campus: Marine Skills Centre
What next?

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could help you progress to further career opportunities in the marine sector.

Additional information

Information for Employers

Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.

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