Avionics Technician

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Maintain and repair Army aircraft electronic systems

Craftsman Rose says “Avionics Technician is varied, rewarding job. Maintaining some of the most high-tech equipment in the Army, I felt a sense of responsibility from the get-go.”

Army helicopters are maintained and repaired by teams of highly skilled specialists, and as an Avionics Technician you'll be trained work on complex navigation, communication and flight controls, as well as some weapons systems. You'll travel all over the world with your unit, servicing Army aircraft on operations and exercises, earning highly valuable civilian qualifications, and enjoying sport and adventurous training. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain technically challenging electrical and avionic systems.
  • Sustain high standards of engineering integrity in a demanding environment.
  • Work under supervision until you’ve gained enough experience to become self supervising.
  • Be posted wherever the British Army has aircraft.
  • Promote to the rank of Lance Corporal on successful completion of your trade training

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. Over the next 82 weeks, you learn how to fix aircraft including their navigating systems, radar, communications, weapons and counter-missile systems. You also learn to drive various Army vehicles. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months

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

FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 60m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Level 2 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Qualifications at different levels, in Leadership and Management
  • Opportuinity to gain Car and HGV licenses

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

Earn £15,230 during training.

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

FROM THE FIELD

“I joined the Army in March 2014 and completed Phase 1 training at ATC Pirbright. I then went on to complete the Avionics Technician Phase 2 training. During my time in Phase 2, I revised basic Maths and Science before moving on to more advanced electronics and avionics modules. The course was structured in a progressive way and was fast-paced, though never felt like I couldn’t keep up. I had many opportunities during my training, including parachuting and skiing. The REME are also very keen on soldiers participating in sports and developing their skills.”

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.