Construction Materials Technician

Royal Engineers

EXPLORE NEW CHALLENGES EVERY DAY

I AM CONFIDENT THAT WHEN I LEAVE THE ARMY, I WILL BE ABLE TO GET A JOB IN MANY DIFFERENT FIELDS.
If you want a varied job, Construction Materials Technician (CMT) is a good choice. You could be out in the field, carrying out combat engineering. Or you could work in a specialist materials testing unit – a laboratory – being sent on operations at short notice. You might inspect airfields across the world through ground investigations or work in quality control, making sure that roads are built as they should be. With this experience, plus the chance to take qualifications, you can build a great CV and an exciting future. Sports and Adventurous Training mean there are lots of challenges off-duty too.

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 20 weeks. Here, you learn how to carry out ground and site investigations, and test soils, concrete and other construction materials in a laboratory.

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

  • Car and HGV driving licence
  • Level 3 and Level 5 Diploma in Construction Materials Technology

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“As a Military Engineer (Construction Materials Technician) I have gained valuable experience on tasks and am confident that when I leave the Army, I will be able to get a job in many different fields from ground and site investigation to lab testing.”

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.