Marine Engineering Officer

Job Req ID:  292973
Posting Start Date:  14 Jul 2024

Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL2 2BG

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Advertisement: 

Marine Engineer Officer (MEO)
Serco Out of Port Terms
Fixed Term – 24 Months
Full Time – 8 weeks on (TBC) / 8 weeks off (TBC) 
Competitive Salary + Benefits

Serco Maritime deliver maritime support packages tailored to our customers’ needs all delivered within a national accreditation framework.
As owners and operators of specialist vessels, from harbour workboats to oceangoing support vessels, we provide world class integrated maritime services both in the UK and abroad. Our vessels provide a range of support, which include for example: dive support, military training, submarine rescue exercises, target/test equipment deployment/recovery and passenger transfers.


We have an opening for a Marine Engineer Officer to join our existing team and serve aboard an RFA vessel in support of an exciting project. The purpose of the role is to manage the organisation and activities of the Marine Engineering Department, as directed by the Chief Engineer.

As part of this role you’ll

  • Delegate tasks and assign duties to members of the Marine Engineering Department.
  • Inform the Chief Engineer of any engineering defects which affect the operational capability of the vessel.
  • Be responsible for the effectiveness, welfare, and discipline of departmental personnel
  • Be responsible for the Marine Engineering Department continuous training, ensuring that statutory and RFA requirements are achieved within the given timescales.
  • When no CTO borne, to assume the training responsibilities of that function for Cadets of the Marine Engineering specialisation.
  • To assist the Executive Officer in planning and organising whole ship training serials.
  • To be conversant with, and implement, Health and Safety at Work Regulations and the Code of Safe Working Practices in so far as they apply to the Marine Engineering Department.
  • To apply the international standard for the safe management and operation of ship's and for pollution prevention (ISM) and implement the RFA Regulations for Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.
  • To act as First or Second Appraisal Officer for members of the Marine Engineering Department as appropriate.
  • To ensure that any misconduct is dealt with promptly and in accordance with the procedures laid down in PRGs.
  • To manage the proper operation, maintenance and preservation of all machinery, equipment and areas of the ship which are the responsibility of the Marine Engineering Department.
  • To manage all marine engineering evolutions, ensuring that they are carried out in accordance with statutory regulations and RFA Policy.
  • To ensure the proper operation and maintenance of all deck machinery, lift machinery, hoists, replenishment machinery, mechanical handling equipment, ship's boat engines and their associated systems.
  • To ensure routine testing, maintenance and inspection of ships fixed firefighting and safety equipment is carried out.
  • To be responsible for preparing and advising the Maintenance Manager on Marine Engineering Department Alterations and Additions (A&As).
  • To manage the Engine room Watch Keeping and PMS (UMS) requirements to meet RFA and MCA regulations to ensure the safe and efficient operation and upkeep of machinery affecting the safety of the ship.
  • To ensure the proper operation and maintenance of permanent on-board aviation technical facilities and associated systems, except for communications systems.

What you’ll need to do the role:

  • Second Engineer (Unlimited) as a minimum.
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • DP Maintainer Course (preferred or willing to undergo training)
  • Unrestricted ENG1
  • Passport

What we offer


  • Competitive salaries with annual reviews 
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Simply Health Plans, Annual Leave Purchase Scheme, free flu vaccines and more.
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure, and Hospitality discounts.
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you’ll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work.
  • Committed to professional and personal development with a wide range of training and coaching opportunities to expand your capabilities.

To discover more about our careers in Defence, meet our team, and to find out more about what we offer, please follow this Link. We’re also a signatory of the UK Governments Women in Defence Charter, to find out more please click here.


Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens, we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. As a proud Disability Confident Leader and holder of the Gold Inclusive Employer Standard, disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.