Engineer IT Systems Operator

Royal Engineers

Be the key to clear communications

“My role will give me experience and good qualifications that will eventually help me stand out in civvy street.”

Communication is vital in the Army. You’ll be in charge of cutting-edge systems that help us keep in contact, wherever we are in the world. You could be a soldier on the ground. Or you could be part of a crew in an armoured vehicle. Either way, you may have to deal with secret information and work as part of a team. First-class training will teach you everything you need to know: telecommunications, communications engineering, computing and IT. It’s a great skillset for a career outside the Army too. With sports and Adventurous Training, you’ll have a full, exciting life.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate radios and communications equipment
  • Communication engineering
  • Computing/IT
  • Driving military vehicles
  • Having the responsibility of dealing with classified information

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. Then it’s 10 weeks’ technical training, where you’ll learn communication skills and how to operate the digital Bowman Radio System.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Cat B and C+E driving licence
  • Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship (NVQ Technical Certificate and Functional Skills) in Communication Technologies and Telecoms (EdExcel)

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 as a Sapper 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 have a great opportunity to serve as a C3S operator in the British Army; my role will give me experience and good qualifications that will eventually help me stand out in civvy street, if I was to leave the military. My current job is challenging but also rewarding and is at the heart of whatever is happening on the battlefield.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
Your training will depend on your military experience and trade qualifications.


Step 2
You’ll certainly be trained as a Combat Engineer and also as a signaller. Every year, you’ll have the chance to take more advanced training and go to countries around the world to put your skills into practice.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Variety of driving licences Military Engineer (Combat) Class 3 Military Engineer (C3 Systems) Class 3 Telecommunications Apprenticeship Level 2 NVQ in Communication Technologies (Practitioner) Level 1 Key Skills in Communication, Application of Numbers and Information Communication Technology European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

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 as a Sapper 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

“Coming from an information technology background I was keen to transfer these skills to my job within the Reserves, the C3S trade has not only allowed me to do this but it has also taught me new skills. I enjoy setting up and maintaining the communications equipment and the buzz of the operations room while on exercise.”

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.