Marine engineers are in demand in an industry that offers a wide and varied range of careers
With close to 200,000 people with engineering skills needed each year up to 2024 in the UK according to careers website Prospects, those looking to put technical and problem-solving knowledge and skills to good use are in demand.
This is certainly true of the maritime sector, where engineering plays a crucial role in keeping a marine economy afloat. With jobs available both ashore and at sea, marine engineers focus on the design, construction, installation, operation, maintenance and repair of the machinery, systems and engines that keep the seaborne fleet moving.
Marine engineers might work onboard vessels, offshore installations, on the UK’s military ships, or in ports in a career that encompasses a variety of different disciplines, including structural, mechanical and electronic engineering.
Whatever sort of role a would-be engineer is looking for, the maritime industry is likely to have it. Nowhere is this truer than in the UK, where 95% of the country’s international trade moves through its ports. And with 2018 the UK government’s designated Year of Engineering, there’s no better time for those interested in working in this field to consider making their career in the maritime sector.