Marine Systems Design Engineer

Met Office
Exeter, Devon
11 Mar 2019
18 Mar 2019

Salary Information

The role can be filled at the Technician Engineer or Engineer levels, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. 

Technician Engineer: Salary will start at £22,361 pa with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £26,119 pa

Engineer: Salary will start at £28,644 pa with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260 pa


The marine network is deployed at remote locations off the coast of the UK and consists of buoy, light vessel and island mounted weather stations. Marine Systems are responsible for the full weather station and power systems installations on these platforms. 

In addition to this fixed site network, a fleet of voluntary observing ships host automated systems which are developed and maintained by the Marine Systems team. The team also provides engineering support to the UK’s contribution to the international Argo programme. Data is used for numerical weather prediction, satellite verification, weather forecasting and for the safety of mariners.

Job Purpose

The marine systems design engineer is required to design mechanical aspects of marine installations and maintain drawings of these installations using CAD programs. This is achieved through working with electrical and electronic engineers as a team both on land and at sea (approximately two weeks per year). Other tasks include managing stocks of buoy and mooring hardware, the contribution to specifications for the procurement of mechanical products and responsibility for elements of the local quality and health & safety systems.

Job Responsibilities

1. Use CAD as part of a small multi-skilled engineering team to:

  • Design parts to enable meteorological systems to be installed on a variety of marine platforms
  • Develop housings to better protect instruments at sea
  • Arrange sub-assembly layouts
  • Create drawings of parts and liaise with the supplier on their fabrication
  • Keep design records up to date and manage version control.

2. Use intricate knowledge of deployed systems to follow drawings and instructions to prepare and maintain systems that are electrically, electronically and mechanically fit for deployment.

3. Work within the production licence, change control and asset tracking processes to ensure operational acceptance of the established fixed site network.

4. Attend marine platforms both on the quayside and at sea to perform maintenance and repair, directing crew or contractors to complete some tasks.

5. Produce and maintain assigned H&S and procedural documents that contribute to the safety of the team and quality of the products.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1.  Qualifications and/or experience equivalent to National Qualification Framework Level 5 (eg. HND) in an engineering subject.
2. Proven ability in the design of high-quality mechanical, electronic and electro-mechanical subassemblies to published standards.
3. Experience of producing engineering drawings for fabrication or for contractors to use to perform installations.
4. Confident 3D CAD software user.
5. Proven ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely, both written and verbally.
6. Demonstrate drive and initiative to deliver project objectives without direct supervision.
7. Ability and willingness to work at sea and at heights of up to 10m (training will be provided).
8. Full UK driving licence or ability and willingness to attain one. Engineers also require Colour Perception CP2 or better to drive vehicles in ports.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

1. Experience of installation and maintenance of instrumentation systems in extreme environments
2. Knowledge or health and safety legislation
3. Membership of a Professional Engineering body or working towards gaining professional recognition

Additional Supplementary Information

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 17/03/2019 with interviews expected 01/04/2019 and 02/04/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

For operational reasons this post will be based in Southampton. 

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.


The Engineer level role also attracts a Market Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £2,500 pa. 

You may also be eligible to claim relocation costs of up to £5,000.