- Read more about careers at sea as a Deck, Engineer or Electro-Technical officer in the Merchant Navy.
Updated: October 2017.
Deck, Engineer and Electro-Technical Officer Cadets in today's Merchant Navy have an opportunity to develop rewarding careers within the dynamic and demanding industry that provides the backbone of Britain's trade.
The modern Merchant Navy operates sophisticated ships providing Britain with an essential link to the rest of the world.
The advanced shipping fleets operated by individual companies offer an exciting variety of specialist vessels, ranging from large ocean-going tankers and bulk carriers, to luxurious cruise liners and high-tech support vessels.
The maritime sector is the third largest revenue generator in the UK. More than 95% of Britain's commercial goods are imported and exported aboard ships, all of which are reliant on highly competent seafarers whose skills are held in high regard throughout the world.
The Merchant Navy also provides vital services and support across the world's industrial sectors for energy extraction and seabed mining; surveying and exploration; wind farming and cable laying; as well as operating advanced and highly specialised emergency response and recovery vessels.
Ships work around the clock and in the British fleet they provide wide-ranging career opportunities for Deck, Engineer and ETO officers. These offer a unique lifestyle and excellent prospects for promotion. Careers at sea provide an opportunity to rapidly gain considerable experience and responsibility in a stimulating and varied working environment. Qualified seafarers also have extensive career opportunities ashore in the maritime and associated industries.