Design Draughtsman

Royal Engineers

BE VITAL TO BUILDING PROJECTS WORLDWIDE

I’VE HAD A FANTASTIC JOURNEY IN THE ARMY AND ENJOYED LEARNING MY TRADE.
Roads, bridges, airports – as a Design Draughtsman in the Army, you never know what you’ll be building next. You create the blueprints that our teams have to follow, so you need to be highly skilled – but that’s not a problem here. You’ll get the highest standard of training, covering technical drawing, IT, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and construction. What’s more, you can take qualifications to build your CV and career – helpful if you decide to leave. Add sports, mates and travel to the mix, and you’ve got an amazing experience.

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. This is the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for ten 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 41 weeks. Here, you learn to create detailed architectural and structural drawings.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 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 3 Award in 2D Computer Aided Design (City & Guilds)
  • Level 3 Diploma for Construction Draughtsman (Military Engineering)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I joined the Army in early 2008 and was posted to the Queen's Gurkha Engineers before doing my Combat Engineering Training. After that, I did the Design Draughtsman course. I’ve had a fantastic journey in the Army and enjoyed learning my trade. It can be challenging, but my qualifications will set me up for a career after 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.