Aircraft Technician

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Maintain and repair Army aircraft mechanical systems

“After joining the Army in 2015, I spent 14 weeks at ATR Pirbright, before learning my engineering trade. It was extremely demanding physically and mentally but infinitely rewarding.” - Craftsman Loughlin

Aircraft Technicians are responsible for the repair and maintenance of all Army aircraft, from Apache Helicopters to unmanned aerial vehicles. They work on all mechanical systems including the airframe, engines and control systems. You will be exceptionally well trained, completing first a basic, then advanced apprenticeship. A degree in Engineering is obtainable later in your career as well as membership of professional institutions. Aircraft Technicians have a high level of responsibility and are promoted rapidly to reflect it. You will travel the world supporting our aircraft wherever they go.


  • Prepare aircraft for flight.
  • Take responsibility for flight safety.
  • Work under supervision until you’ve gained enough experience to take control.
  • Be posted wherever the British Army has aircraft.
  • Promote to Lance Corporal on successful completion of your Aircraft Technician


Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Then it’s off to the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MoD Lyneham to start your technical training. Over the next 66 weeks, you learn how to fix aircraft including some electrical, hydraulic, gearbox and gas turbine systems. You will also be taught to drive and gain your licences in Car and HGV.


Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and Science


Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test


  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance and engineering Technology
  • Foundation Degree of Engineering (FdEng) – Aviation Engineering
  • Qualifications in Leadership and Management
  • Opportuinity to gain Car and HGV licenses


Learn about rank progression here.


Earn £15,230 during training.

When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit, your pay will rise to £18,859.


“After completing my Phase 1 training, I moved to Phase 2 trade training as an Aircraft Technician. As an Aircraft Technician I will work on some of the most advanced equipment used by the British Army. I’m therefore expected to work to the highest standards at all times, both in and out of army time. Despite the rigorous training there’s also lots of time for activities outside work. I’ve found myself trying new sports such as clay pigeon shooting.”


You still use your trade skills and with help from your Lance Corporal, you keep your section trained and ready for action.