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Job description for AUV Technician

If you are excited by the prospect of working with industry leading subsea technology in a challenging environment, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you. The AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) team are looking for an Engineer/Technician to join them as part of the wider SALMO (Salvage and Marine Operations) department.

Our SALMO team is the lead across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the provision of marine salvage and emergency response. Our specialists including Master Mariners, Marine Engineers, Naval Architects, Environmental Scientists, ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) Pilots and Divers provide a centre of expertise for subsea activities and marine operations. Our operations are varied and include salvage assistance to damaged surface vessels, location of aircraft on the sea-bottom, survey of WWII wrecks, towage of warships and submarines, emergency response preparedness exercises and underwater engineering support to resolve defects on Navy platforms at home and overseas.

We will provide you with the necessary training and help you on your journey to becoming an experienced Engineer.

Please be advised that this post is based at a location within 10 miles of MOD Abbey Wood and, due to security, this role is reserved for sole UK nationals only. Please also note that the successful applicant will be required to undertake Developed Vetting clearance once in the post.

Hear more from Leena about working in the AUV specialism:

“Here, I work with some of the best commercial underwater surveying equipment available. I’ve had the chance to attend training courses and to develop new skills such as 3D printing, working with specialist software and forklift driving. There’s lots of opportunities for personal development and progression, and great work-life balance.”

Elliot talks about his role in the AUV team:

“I have a degree in Ocean Exploration and was keen to continue expanding my knowledge of survey equipment and methodologies. I’ve joined an enthusiastic team where I use industry-leading survey equipment. This role gives me increased stability in my personal life thanks to a more predictable schedule, which I didn’t have in the private sector previously. In my day-to-day role, I enjoy being ‘hands on’ by conducting maintenance on our systems and carrying out pre- and post-deployment preparations.”

Responsibilities for AUV Technician

As our AUV Technician, you will help deliver a discrete capability within SALMO using cutting edge commercial AUV technology to provide deep water survey outputs in support of SALMO and wider MOD objectives. You will use your experience of working as part of a close-knit team to build strong relationships with your co-workers, helping to promote an encouraging and supportive environment.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Deploying afloat to operate and maintain an AUV system, circa 10 – 12 weeks a year
  • Supporting the engineering manager in the maintenance and availability of the AUV capability both offshore and onshore
  • Supporting the system mobilisation to and integration with host vessels as well as preparing, deploying and recovering the vehicle at sea
  • Identification of and requirement setting for technical procurements of services
  • Day to day managing of spares and inventory
  • Developing systems and standard operating procedures relevant to the role

This role is subject to Retained Grade Terms and Conditions and differ from the DE&S standard Terms and Conditions. These are detailed in the SALMO Retained Grade handbook.

For SALMO Retained Grades seeking promotion refer to Part 2, Section 10.2 of the SALMO Retained Grade Handbook.

Due to the nature of this role, you are:

  • Required to be fit to pass and maintain a two-yearly ENG1 seafarers medical (no geographical limitations)
  • Required to enlist as a Royal Navy Sponsored Reserve
  • Expected to work extended hours as and when required in support of operational commitments
  • Required to live within 60 minutes travelling time of the base to which you are appointed
  • Required to hold an in-date UK driving licence

Person Specification

To be successful with your application, you’ll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Relevant HNC (i.e., Level 4 or higher) qualification in an Engineering or similar field, or equivalent relevant experience
  • Proven technical ‘hands-on’ experience operating and/or, maintaining/repairing complex equipment with skills transferable to sub-sea systems

It would also be great if you can demonstrate any of the following desirable criteria:

  • Experience in deep water AUV or marine/offshore operations
  • Knowledge and experience with any of the following:
    • Hydraulic systems,
    • Electrical installations / systems,
    • Acoustic Sensors, OR
    • IT systems, networks and data storage systems

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competences and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Improve Engineering Capability – Supervised Practitioner
  • Technical Decision Making – Supervised Practitioner
  • Making effective decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


We’re pleased to offer a generous benefits package to support everything from your work-life balance to your bank balance, including:

  • 5 days holiday a year, increasing to 31.5 days per year after 5 years of service, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, an annual performance-based bonus, and recognition awards
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Funding for qualifications and subscriptions to professional associations, with plenty of opportunities and support for progression
  • A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more
  • Up to six days of paid leave a year for volunteering
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave schemes, offering 100% pay for 26 weeks (after a qualifying period)
  • We champion a diverse and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and give their best. We believe that by harnessing the power of different ideas, experiences, and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
  • Discover more in our Little Book of Big Benefits and pension schemes

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Job Details

Job title

AUV Technician


£37,375 – £40,250

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Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



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Recruitment contact

Emily Harrold – DE&S Talent Acquisition Specialist –

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