Metalsmith

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Your welding skills will be needed worldwide

Staff Sergeant Goodall “As a Metalsmith I don’t spend my time worrying about engineering problems, I spend my time manufacturing engineering solutions.”

Metalsmiths use their trade day in day out to repair everything from tanks, to boats and generators. You’ll receive world class training, starting with a basic apprenticeship and moving on to an advanced apprenticeship. Completing first a basic, then an advanced apprenticeship, gaining NVQ levels 2 and 3 in engineering and qualifications in all major welding techniques. You’ll be a highly trained welder, sheet metal worker and blacksmith – ready to get dirty and work carefully, even in tough conditions. You’ll travel the world, working independently and in small teams to keep the Army’s vehicles fighting.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Learn how to repair and modify on a wide range of equipment as a welder, sheet metal worker and blacksmith.
  • Use Oxy Acetylene, Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Arc Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Arc Inert Gas (TIG) specialist welding equipment.
  • Learn to work under tough conditions in hostile territory.
  • Provide operational support to the units that you work with.
  • Conduct further training and specialise in ship and boat repair with the option to become a shipwright.

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 51 weeks, you learn how to fix and look after the Army’s equipment. You will also be taught to drive and gain your car and HGV licences.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 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 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance
  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance
  • Qualifications at in Leadership and Management

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit, your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“As a Metalsmith in the Army I have been given the training and skills to work on all manner of vehicles, from the Attack Helicopter AH64 to the Challenger tank. I have served with 11 different units and travelled to over 30 countries on both operations and Adventurous Training. The Army has given me security, adventure and most of all a challenge. I would recommend anyone who wants to do “a lot more” and enhance their life experience, to consider a career in the Armed Forces.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Basic training teaches you to be a soldier, to survive outdoors and fire weapons. Then it’s time to learn your trade

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and Science

FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 60m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance
  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance
  • Qualifications at different levels, in Leadership and Management

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit, your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“I work as a Fabricator/Welder in Civvy Street so joining the Reserves as a Metalsmith was the obvious choice for me. It enables me to transfer my skills to a military setting and to overcome complex engineering tasks. I’ve been on operations to Iraq and Afghanistan and been around the world on various Adventurous Training courses. Recently, I took part in a boxing event where I trained with some highly qualified coaches and boxers, some of whom box (or have boxed) for the Army. These opportunities are very rare in civilian life. Plus, in the Army, you get paid.”

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.