Chris Cozens

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Defence
Job title: Royal Navy Engineer Officer
Subject of study: Mechanical Engineering
Year of graduation: 2006
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Royal Navy

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I joined the RN after leaving Exeter and have been serving ever since. I am a Marine Engineer Officer, I have been head of engineering in 2 ships and for the Royal Marines, I am about to be head of engineering for a first of class new build ship.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I always wanted to be an engineer in the Royal Navy and was sponsored as a bursar throughout Uni. The Navy offers the mix of high-class engineering and seeing the world. I had responsibility for engineering systems and departments very early in my career which I found exciting. I have been to Antarctica, the Arctic, Caribbean, the Gulf and Indian Ocean to name a few.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I rowed throughout my time at Exeter as was the President of the Boat Club 2005-2006.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed the overall experience of Exeter, good quality teaching with a broad uni experience. My highlight was being awarded University sporting Colours.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

It was a nice learning environment within the leafy countryside, the faculty always had a good vibe and actively wanted to enhance the joy of engineering.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I looked at a wide range of engineering centres, but Exeter had the broad appeal and wider life experience. It was also one of the top sporting Unis in the country.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

A grounding in engineering principles, listening well and sound communication.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Go for it, don’t be put off about the application process, it is to establish potential. Prepare for the fitness elements and think about your leadership and challenging experiences to mention at the interview. It is an amazing career with lots of varied challenges, experiences and satisfying career.

What are your plans for the future?

Maintain a full career in the Navy.


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