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Engineer – TS Jack Petchey – Marine Society and Sea Cadets

TS Jack Petchey, Marine Society & Sea Cadets


Location: Operating from Gosport, but sailing around the UK and near-continent

Contract: Full Time

Salary: £29,500-£32,000 gross per annum

Closing Date: 31st of January 2024

Are you an experienced or qualified engineer who is looking for a unique offshore experience?

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) is a vibrant and growing charity, delivering life-changing nautical adventure for young people, to give them the best possible head start in life.  MSSC also provide personal and professional development opportunities for seafarers with the Marine Society.  Working with their staff, cadets, and volunteers, MSSC have built a vision and five-year strategy to take them forward and further improve the astounding contribution already made through their work to the lives of thousands of young people and seafarers, while fully supporting their volunteers who are vital to their success.

 MSSC are currently looking for a Marine Engineer to join their team.

About the role 

The primary purpose of the Marine Engineer is to deliver the maintenance and safe operation of all machinery on board the vessel. Responsibility spans the hull, structure, main and auxiliary machinery, electrical and electronic systems, fuel, water, LP air and hydraulics, and the planning and execution of off-season maintenance periods. A comprehensive level of advice and support to the onboard Engineer is provided by their two, office based, Engineering Technical staff.

Applicants should have the requisite experience and should ideally have completed an approved engine course. They should also either hold a current Seafarer Medical Certificate or be willing to obtain one.  The ability to work effectively with young people as well as the permanent and relief crew members is essential. Ship system familiarisation, child safeguarding and any necessary sea safety course refresher training will be given to the successful applicant.

The particular demands of seagoing employment requires the incumbent to be available for duty for prolonged periods and working hours necessarily need to be very flexible.  Although overtime will not be recognised, the working and rest hours for the role will be within the confines of the terms of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.  The uncertain nature of the working hours are recognised by the holiday arrangements afforded.

For an informal discussion about the role of Marine Engineer on board TS Jack Petchey, please contact MSSC’s Offshore Office on 07798675147.

Applications should consist of a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, both available from the website here. You may submit your CV in support of your application, but the appropriate application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for these roles.


  • Support the Commanding Officer to achieve the successful execution of the offshore sailing programme.
  • To conduct routine maintenance of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, water systems in accordance with the vessel’s Planned Maintenance Schedules.
  • To operate engines, generators, electrical, hydraulic and water systems as required.
  • To carry out general ship husbandry.
  • To effect repairs and planned maintenance during the season and refit periods as requested by the Offshore Technical team.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of specific machinery and equipment through ongoing training and other methods as required by MSSC.
  • To fully understand and utilise the Electronic Planned Maintenance System (BMAINTAIN/SCRAMS)
  • To liaise with contractors on behalf of the offshore technical team as required.
  • To advise and guide relief Marine Engineers
  • To assist with the delivery of the cadet training programme.
  • To support the Ship’s Captain during the winter maintenance period (Dec to Feb) by ensuring all maintenance and refit job cards, checks, inspections, modifications, and servicing routines within their department are conducted in a timely and satisfactory manner. This will require close liaison with contractors and shore support staff, and regular update briefings on progress with the Captain and shore technical support staff.
  • Ensure cadets and staff operate in line with the MSSC’s safeguarding and other policies.


Approved Engine Course (AEC (preferred), Minimum RYA 1 Day Diesel Course with considerable other experience) Lv3 Engineering, RN or other Merchant Engineering experience will also be considered.

ENG1 or ML5 medical certification (or a willingness to obtain and maintain).

Ability to act as the sole Marine Engineer on board.

Management and leadership experience with ability to direct ship’s staff and crew with clarity and authority.

Be able to investigate and diagnose faults on all equipment/plant on board MSSC offshore vessels.

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to act as part of a vessel’s emergency response team.

Knowledge of health, safety, COSHH and safeguarding legislation and best practice procedures as they relate to working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Computer literacy – good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Email & SharePoint.

Must be a team player who can work closely in a small team.

Possession of an ENG 1 or ML5 medical certificate, or an ability and willingness to obtain.


Time-served Engineering apprenticeship or a sound background and experience in mechanical and electrical engineering (e.g. RN ME training).

Experience in providing instructional lectures or topics (on subjects such as basic engineering checks, firefighting, man-overboard recovery);

Knowledge of Sea Cadet training procedures.

Experience of using a Safety Management System to maintain all safety and routine maintenance systems.

For further information, please download the Recruitment Pack.


104 days annual leave per annum, 84 individual days during the sailing season and 20 working days during the Winter refit period.

Life assurance (4x salary) for those that join the charity’s pension scheme.

Private medical insurance.

Pension (employer contribution up to 10%).

Wellbeing portal and EAP with 121 counselling.

Employee development: MSSC are investing in their employees’ development and have an annual calendar of learning and development opportunities, designed to support employees to develop into their roles and stretch them to achieve their full potential.

National staff conference: All employees come together once a year to reflect on the past year and celebrate success at MSSC’s offsite staff conference. This is a great opportunity to listen to employees’ views, and for employees to network, share information and socialise. 

If you are interested in this Marine Engineering vacancy, please apply now!

Additional Information

MSSC positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates from all backgrounds. Equity, diversity, and inclusion really matters to them, so they can best serve their beneficiaries from every community. MSSC work to ensure a fair and consistent recruitment process and aim to be a charity where diversity of experience, identity and skills are valued and welcomed. MSSC is an equal opportunities employer.

MSSC recognise their responsibilities to safeguard and protect the young people and vulnerable adults with whom they work. They do all they can to promote their health, safety and wellbeing, and they expect their staff to share this commitment and work in line with safeguarding policy, the MSSC’s values and ethos of inclusivity. MSSC adhere to safer recruitment practices and therefore employment is subject to detailed pre-employment checks for successful candidates, including references and criminal disclosure checks and the completion of a disclosure questionnaire.

All successful applicants are required to attend safeguarding training and undergo a criminal record check.

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