Weapon Engineer Officer

Service:Surface Fleet

At a glance

What you’ll do

Being a Weapon Engineer Officer means being the person a team of skilled engineers look to for advice, guidance and support. Adaptability will be key as you take the lead in managing on a range of projects simultaneously, solving complex problems with some of the most sophisticated equipment imaginable. If you can embrace the variety and responsibility, you’ll be given all the world-class training you need to succeed.

Your role


  • Lead, and manage, a team of skilled engineers, from specialists in communications and IT, to those with a unique knowledge of explosives and electronic sensor systems.
  • You’re the person who ensures the ship’s efficiency as a state-of-the-art fighting machine, from guaranteeing the performance of our weapons, to maintaining vital radar and sensor systems.
  • Get hands-on with the world’s most advanced defence systems, using, developing and adapting your engineering knowledge in highly-challenging environments that are unique to life in the Royal Navy.
  • Take advantage of a range of career development opportunities, from becoming a Chartered Engineer, to working alongside industry partners on new equipment development projects.


What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study in project management, a MSc or MA
  • Become an internationally recognised Chartered Engineer

Skills you'll develop

  • Learn how to lead, and manage, people in a highly pressurised environment, mentoring more junior personnel and overseeing some extremely complex projects
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of complex weapon, sensors, communications and information systems, while also understanding how these systems are configured to operate as a state of the art network.    

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You’ll need to be aged 17 – 29
  • A degree in maths, physics, or any engineering related subject
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C  
  • Minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national


Skills and interests

  • An ability to thrive on responsibility and lead from the front
  • Confidence making key decisions in high-pressure situations
  • A passion for cutting-edge engineering and electronic equipment
  • An aptitude for solving problems


Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer

Initial training

You’ll spend 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: Military Skills, Maritime Skills and Initial Fleet Time. The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the time you join us.

Professional training

Your professional training starts with 12 months at the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood, focussing on:

  • On-the-job training
  • Learning to apply your engineering, leadership and management skills 
  • Undertaking training accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Once you’ve refined your skills, you’ll take your place on board ship, where you’ll spend 6 months at sea developing your professional knowledge of weapons, sensors, communications and information systems, before leading a team of engineers on deployments all over the world.