EYFS units: The Marine Engineer
Resources and activities themed around a STEM job, to build language and understanding of the world of work.
Marine engineers make and fix boats, ships, submarines, oil rigs and drilling equipment.
Marine engineers are:
Curious and want to know which materials sink and float.
Creative when they design and build things like boats, ships, submarines and oil rigs.
Resilient when their ideas or designs don’t work the first time – they try again to get it right.
Download the progression document which includes statements from Development Matters (birth to age five) and the relevant ELGs in full for the marine engineer here.
We have designed these STEM focused questions to use alongside the questioning you would usually use when reading a story.
These adult led activities and provocations will support the introduction of the marine engineer career to the children in your setting.
We have included these links to our related STEM at home activities. These could be sent out for families to try at home, or run in school at a family session.
You can download our marine engineer poster to use in your setting.
Marine engineers are involved in the designing, building, testing, maintaining and repairing of boats and ships as well as underwater craft such as submarines. They are responsible for the internal systems of a ship, which include the propulsion, electrical, refrigeration and steering systems. They can be involved in work such as marine surveying, drilling underwater for oil and gas, and in the building of offshore platforms.
Marine engineers may work at shipyards, on a ship, at a port or underwater. The job can be physically demanding. They may have to work outdoors in all weathers and may spend nights away from home.
There are different ways to become a marine engineer. For example you could do a marine engineer apprenticeship with the Royal Navy, or go to university and study marine engineering, offshore engineering, naval architecture or marine technology.