Aircraft Technician

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

MAINTAIN AND REPAIR ARMY AIRCRAFT MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

I SPENT 14 WEEKS AT PIRBRIGHT BEFORE LEARNING MY ENGINEERING TRADE. IT WAS EXTREMELY DEMANDING PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY BUT INFINITELY REWARDING.
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.

Training For The Role

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.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and Science
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 70kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • 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
  • Car License and opportunity to gain HGV

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“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.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.