Air Conditioning Fitter

Royal Engineers

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

TRAIN WITH US AND TRAVEL WORLDWIDE

I HAVE WORKED IN THE SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES OF THE ANTARCTIC, AND ON MILITARY BASES IN THE SEARING SUMMER HEAT OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
A Fitter ACR (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) installs, operates and maintains a variety of industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. You will receive a car driving licence, and you will gain a civilian qualification in Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems. You'll travel all over the world, make close friends, and experience all the adventurous training and sport you can handle.

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 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Finally, you go the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham for 43 weeks. Here, you learn to set up, look after and commission refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

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 one other subject
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 Award in F Gas and ODS Regulations (City & Guilds)
  • Level 2 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning CPD Pathways (City & Guilds)
  • Cat B driving licence

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I've used my trade skills in a range of demanding environments. I have worked in the sub-zero temperatures of the Antarctic, and on military bases in the searing summer heat of Iraq and Afghanistan. And the qualifications I've gained have set me up well for civilian life should I decide to leave the Army.”

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

Step 1 

It all starts with basic training to turn you into a skilled soldier

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Cat C+E LGV driving licence
  • Level 2 Award in Enhanced Employability Skills - City & Guilds
  • Levels 3 to 6 Awards in Leadership and Management

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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

"The role is challenging and certainly never boring! As an Army Reserve Groundcrew soldier in the Army Air Corps I get involved in all aspects of Army life, like deploying on operations. I also get to work with other units in different environments. It’s an amazing opportunity to work as part of a dedicated and motivated team, and I get to experience things other people on Civvy Street never do."

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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