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Marine Systems Engineering

Marine Systems Engineering

​Today’s marine and shipbuilding industries utilise intelligent systems engineering to ensure complete efficiency and to meet heavily enforced international shipping regulations. Marine Systems Engineers are vital to the performance of every commercial vessel in service. As highly specialised practitioners they are responsible for optimising a vessel’s performance through continually renewing the vessel or fleet’s systems technology.

This can include:

  • Designing new systems and technologies

  • Developing new system strategies

  • Implementing new systems for existing or newly built vessels

  • Effectively and sustainably decommissioning old systems from vessels


Increasing demand for marine systems engineers

Demand for marine systems engineering roles has continued to remain high due to the continuing push to make shipping more sustainable and less damaging to the environment. World councils continue to introduce strict regulations which shipping and marine companies must meet. Marine systems engineering is playing an increasingly important role in the sustainable development of shipping standards across the globe.

It isn’t just the increasing pressure to create sustainable fleets that are driving demand for marine System Engineers. The import and export trades continue to be the lifeline of many countries, with huge cargos of precious materials crossing the oceans every day. The commercial shipping business is one of the most competitive industries on the planet.

 Faster, cheaper and more efficient commercial shipping fleets are more likely to win bigger contracts with organisations across the world. Dedicating time and resources to support the systems engineering function can pose significant benefits for gaining a competitive edge within the market.


Maritime Systems Engineering careers

There are many different career paths systems engineers working in the marine / shipbuilding industries can explore. Different vessels run off different systems and come with their own set of challenges. For example, commercial shipping vessels typically require a systems engineer who possess a background and skillset in environmental efficiencies. Whilst a military submarine may require a systems engineer who has a deep understanding in defence systems.

Some marine systems engineering careers can involve further training and qualifications before or after attaining a degree.

Examples of standard qualifications:

  • Marine Engineering Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7)

  • Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8)

  • Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SCQF level 9/10)

  • Engineering degree and Marine Engineering postgraduate qualification (SCQF level 11). 

There are always opportunities to progress with a systems engineer career, whether it be from attaining a certain high qualification, gaining experience or delivering on a project.

The average career path for a systems engineer looks like this:

Systems engineer apprentice – Associate Systems Engineer – Marine Systems Engineer Officer – Principle Systems Engineer – Chief Systems Engineer. The average salary for a Chief Systems Engineer in the UK is around £57,000.

As the UK’s largest supplier of marine trades we help people working at all levels – specialising in different trades find careers suited to them. We work with employers and professionals and take the time to understand their requirements so that we can place the right person with the right role.

If you are a newly qualified Systems Engineer, or are an experienced Engineer looking to progress your career, we can help find the right job for you. If you would like to find out more about the roles we have get in touch with us today 0161 707 1516 or email our specialist marine and shipbuilding recruitment team atmarine@morson.com

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