Electronics Technician

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Repair electronics, lasers, radar, robotics and more

Sergeant Cavendar has had a varied career. “The REME has given me an excellent career and the qualifications I’ve gained as a Tech Elec have set me up for a promising future.”

As an Electronics Technician, you work on all kinds of kit, vehicles and weapons including communications systems and medical equipment. You will be exceptionally well trained, completing first a basic and then an advanced apprenticeship. A degree in engineering is obtainable later in your career, as well as membership of professional institutions. You will be an expert on the Army’s most up-to-date technology, gaining experience in electronics, lasers, robotics, thermal imaging systems and more. You will build a career, travel the world and make friends for life.


  • Maintain and modify a vast array of military equipment.
  • Gain experience in areas including electrics, communications systems, weapons systems, radar and lasers.
  • Work in a diverse range of challenging environments.
  • Work on some of the most up to date technology fielded by the British Army.
  • Promote to the rank of Lance Corporal on successful completion of you Electronics Technician training


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 63 weeks, you learn how to look after, fix, inspect and adapt all kinds of equipment. 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 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test


  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Qualifications at different levels, 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 as a Craftsman your pay will rise to £18,859.


“I started with the Royal Dragoon Guards in Germany, maintaining the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, Warrior Fighting Vehicle and CVR(T). I deployed on exercises around the world and went to Iraq. I was then assigned to 2 Field Company REME, Bielefeld, Germany. There, I maintained radios, before deploying to Afghanistan. Afterwards, I completed my NVQ 3 training and was assigned to BATUS Canada. There, I maintained the Challenger 2 tanks – and got to skydive, surf and ski. I then spent six months in Kenya maintaining radios again. Currently, I’m on an Artificer course in order to promote and gain a degree."


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.