Royal Navy - the varied engineering roles in the Senior Service

the shores of the United Kingdom have

been defended for hundreds of years by

the Royal Navy throughout its ships and

more recently submarines and aircraft

have been at the forefront of technology

requiring the very best and brightest

engineers to look after them and as

Duncan Gollust Ally reports roles are

varied for those considering engineering

as a career

at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth

HMS Duncan is undergoing plant

maintenance after her recent deployments

she's a vital part of the Royal Navy's

fleet at the beating heart of this

vessel are the engineers they're crucial

to keeping HMS Duncan operational what's

interesting is not just the role they

play what they're offered in return

below decks Mitchell Hurley is hard at

work he's a marine engineer recently

back from NATO operations in the eastern

Mediterranean he joined the Royal Navy

from college five years ago I prefer to

be working with my hands I don't want to

sit behind a desk or sit in a university

lecturer and write down notes all the

time I physically need to be doing the

work and I thrive of that I learn a lot

better with that so that's what the Navy

offered me I could come here physically

do it myself rather than read it in a

textbook or be told how to do it at any

one time the Royal Navy has about 10

percent of its personnel enrolled on one

of 19 apprenticeship schemes all

recruits embark on at least a level 2

apprenticeship scheme with opportunities

to progress through to master's level

with funded support from the Royal Navy

that's cradle-to-grave training this war

enticed weapons engineer Courtney rivers

Gallagher to choose the Royal Navy over

University being part of the Royal Navy

as an engineer no

day is the same there's so much to learn

it's so complex it can be as basic or as

complex as you want it to be and there's

so many different systems and equipment

that we maintain on board that you can

work pretty much anywhere you want to

well welcome to the bridge of HMS Duncan

the Royal Navy is proud of the respect

it has earned from industry and academia

for its training and development the

apprenticeship programs within the Royal

Navy have been recognized for the

quality of the training and in fact the

outcomes that are achieved both by the

times in the guide to elite

apprenticeships and through recognition

as a top 100 apprenticeship employer the

Royal Navy puts a huge onus on stem

outreach while also looking to encourage

the next generation of Engineers what's

gonna happen in the pilot once the

aircraft and rotor left air engineering

is one of many areas those opting for

STEM subjects can enter I think you need

to be hands-on just get stuck into

things common sense goes a long way

flexible things change all the time so

you need to be flexible and just a team

player you can't do anything without

other people so that really helps so the

engine you get air sucked in starting

their cranks over here in that guide

vanes there's theory yes but this is a

place to practice and explore so I saw

the Royal Navy as a good opportunity to

travel getting good life skills on the

job skills and engineering whilst also

being able to pursue my educational

goals of being a qualified engineer

demonstrate those skills the Royal Navy

says and it doesn't matter where you

come from or who you are

the Navy believes it has a future to

offer a career in the Royal Navy offers

adventure camaraderie and real career


it's exciting rewarding it's hugely

fulfilling and of course you have the

opportunity to serve your country and to

support our domestic and global


what could be better