There are many important roles aboard an Irish naval vessel. As much as the Irish Navy require skilled gunnery officers, they also need skilled engineers. At sea, ships need to make their own fresh water, make their electricity and maintain all other services that a small town would require. It’s the marine engineers job to provide these services from treating waste water to maintaining the ships two engines.
But that is not all that marine engineers officers do. At sea, there is no fire brigade so the marine engineer is also the ships fire officer, responsible for fighting fires onboard in the unlikely event that one breaks out.
This video provides some insight into the duties of a marine engineering officer:
The Irish Naval Services are currently recruiting for Marine Engineering Cadets. The application window for this role is currently open.
The Engineering Branch Cadet will be trained to a level whereby he or she can be appointed a ship's Marine Engineering Officer. The Marine Engineering Officer is responsible for so many important roles on a naval vessel, including everything that keeps a ship afloat, moving and habitable. This includes the hull and general structures of the ship, its main engines and all auxiliary machinery, the main electrical generators, the electrical distribution system, the air conditioning, ventilation, heating systems and cold rooms as well as all fuel and water systems, as well as the computer systems for communications, navigation and weapons control systems.
To apply to be a Marine Engineering Cadet, go to this link.