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Marine Engineer (Sea-Going)

  • Post Date:13th August 2021
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  • Rank Engineer
    Vessel Type Specialist/other
    Location Type Deepsea
  • Offered Salary Negotiable
    Salary Level 5, starting salary £21,154pa (grade maximum £31,734pa)
Job Description

Contract Type: Full Time – Open Ended Appointment

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is an internationally renowned marine research organisation delivering scientific research in climate change, marine pollution and sustainability.

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced engineer with a passion for the environment to join our small, friendly team supporting marine research scientists in their work, including data collection. In addition to hands-on mechanical and electronical maintenance activities, you will get involved in supporting the development of innovative new marine technologies including autonomous vehicles, computer based marine systems and green energies.

Whilst marine experience is not essential, you need to be physically fit and able to spend 3 – 4 days a week at sea on our research vessel, the Quest (22m) and will be required to undertake the MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 (AEC1).

Key Deliverables for the post include:

  • Maintenance of the mechanical and electrical engineering capabilities of PML’s research vessels;
  • Undertaking sea-going deck work in support of PML’s science activities as required;
  • Supporting the Health and Safety policy of the Ships Services group but specifically in aspects related to mechanical and electrical safety;
  • Providing engineering support to PML science staff with particular focus on maintaining science infrastructure capabilities within PML group;
  • Provide clear communication about the ships mechanical and electrical capabilities to the Head of the Ships Services group and the Director of Science as appropriate.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Relevant, current engineering qualification e.g. apprenticeship/diploma or relevant industrial engineering experience (3+ years);
  • MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 (AEC1) desirable, training can be provided;
  • A demonstrable strong interest and aptitude for maintaining and fixing marine engines, equipment and infrastructure;
  • Sea-going experience working on the deck of a vessel will be an advantage;
  • Physically fit, able to spend prolonged periods at sea and there is a requirement for the successful candidate to pass an ENG1 Medical;
  • A good work ethic with a methodical and proactive approach to problem solving;
  • Good communication skills are essential, both verbal and written;
  • GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4 or above in Maths and English to be able to develop navigational skills;
  • Good level of computer skills, with an enthusiasm to learn new technologies;
  • A good team player, also able to work independently;
  • A passion for the marine environment and environmental sustainability.


PML is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and our policy can be found here: We are proud to have achieved the Athena SWAN award as recognition of our achievements in gender equality. As part of this, whilst the selection process will be based on merit, we particularly welcome applications from female candidates, currently underrepresented.

PML offers a variety of employee benefits: