Vehicle Mechanic

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

REPAIR AND MAINTAIN ALL ARMY VEHICLES

LANCE CORPORAL HOWELL LOVES THE RESPONSIBILITY AND TRAVEL HIS JOB BRINGS
There are a wide range of vehicles in the Army from Tanks and Quad Bikes to HGVs and Land Rovers. Keeping them in good working order is a big job. That’s why we need Vehicle Mechanics. In this role, you get to work on different vehicles every day. Wherever you are in the world, you will keep our vehicles on the road, even in extreme conditions. It’s great experience and we’ll give you first-class training. You’ll gain driving licences and NVQ level 2 and 3 in Engineering. You can then build an exciting future inside or outside the Army.

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 you go to the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MoD Lyneham, Wiltshire. Here, you learn to be a mechanic. Over the next 46 weeks, you are taught how to fix vehicles and carry out maintenance, repairs, and inspections. Tanks,trucks, quads – you’ll work with all kinds of vehicles. You will also get car and HGV driving licences.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and Science
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
  • 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 Maintenance
  • Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering
  • Qualifications at different levels, in Leadership and Management
  • Car and HGV licenses + Opportunity for tracked vehicle and plant licenses

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“Joining the Army was the best decision I’ve made in my life. It’s been an amazing adventure. I’ve been based in Germany and skied in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Canada. I’ve deployed to Canada, Jordan, Germany and all over the UK on exercise. I’ve also been on operational deployment to Afghanistan. I’ve gained an NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3 in Engineering Maintenance, which will help me in Civvy Street. I’ve also built my own drift race car; something I’ve always wanted to do. Now I travel all over the country to drift.”

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.

Training For The Role

First, you complete basic training to become a soldier. Then you begin your trade training to learn how to repair, service and inspect the Army’s vehicles, trailers and generators. Training is modular and most of it is done at your Army Reserve unit (at evenings and weekends) with key parts of the course delivered at the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MoD Lyneham, Wiltshire.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A-D / 9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and Science

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Eligibility for professional accreditation as an IMechE Engineering Technician once you have completed military Class 1 trade training.
  • Qualifications/accreditation in Leadership and Management.
  • You may also gain category B and C+E driving licences depending on your exact role.

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £40.13 in training and rising to £51.22 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

“Joining the Army was the best decision I’ve made in my life. It’s been an amazing adventure. I’ve been based in Germany and skied in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Canada. I’ve deployed to Canada, Jordan, Germany and all over the UK on exercise. I’ve also been on operational deployment to Afghanistan. I’ve gained an NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3 in Engineering Maintenance, which will help me in Civvy Street. I’ve also built my own drift race car; something I’ve always wanted to do. Now I travel all over the country to drift.”

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.

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