Engineer Troop Officer

Royal Engineers

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

DIRECT ENGINEERING PROJECTS WORLDWIDE

IT'S PROBABLY BEEN THE BUSIEST, MOST VARIED TIME OF MY LIFE, BUT THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE JOB SO WORTHWHILE.
As an Engineer Troop Officer, you’re the expert behind Army engineering projects worldwide. You could plan, lead and manage demolitions, or set up water supplies. Or you might be tasked with building runways, clearing mines, or advising friendly forces on terrain and capabilities. You learn the principles of military engineering on the Young Officers’ course, and later how to project manage a construction site. You could work in one of 15 regiments and switch between them throughout your career. You may also choose to do the Parachute Course, Commando Course or Diver Course at any point up to senior captain.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You’ll start your career on the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This is for all officer cadets, regardless of the Corps that they’re hoping to join.

Step 2
After 11 months’ Officer training at Sandhurst you do the Troop Commanders Course, which lasts for six months. It’s one of the longest Young Officer Courses because of the variety of skills you’ll need for your role. You’re trained in water supply, demolitions (including live explosive training), bridge building and base construction. You also learn about reconnaissance, advising on engineering issues and managing people and equipment. You get the chance to do the Para or Commando Course too, if you want to serve with these regiments.:

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 28 years 11 months
Qualifications: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including at least grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science / foreign language).
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Chartered in Institution of Royal Engineers (engineering degree not required)
  • Chartered Engineer (in varying institutions)
  • City & Guilds certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Edexel/BTEC certificate in Management Studies
  • Postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Site Safety Supervisor
  • Watermanship Safety Officer
  • Explosives Safety Officer

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“The people who make this job so rewarding are the soldiers you're in charge of because they're so highly skilled and motivated. Since completing my Officer training I've commanded soldiers all over the world, carried out public duties in London, passed parachute selection, earned my wings and learned to skydive. It's probably been the busiest, most varied time of my life, but that's what makes the job so worthwhile.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with the Army Reserve Commissioning Course at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Step 2
Next you do the Young Officer's course at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Minley, Surrey. You learn about battlefield and construction engineering and construction management, as well as water supply, demolitions (including live explosive training), bridge building and base construction. You also learn skills in reconnaissance, advising on engineering issues and the management of people and equipment.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 48 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including at least grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science / foreign language).

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Chartered in Institution of Royal Engineers (engineering degree not required)
  • Chartered Engineer (in varying institutions)
  • City & Guilds certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Edexel/BTEC certificate in Management Studies
  • Postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Site Safety Supervisor
  • Watermanship Safety Officer
  • Explosives Safety Officer

Pay and Benefits

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £68.47 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £82.30 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. 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 people who make this job so rewarding are the soldiers you're in charge of because they're so highly skilled and motivated. Since completing my Officer training I've commanded soldiers all over the world, carried out public duties in London, passed parachute selection, earned my wings and learned to skydive. It's probably been the busiest, most varied time of my life, but that's what makes the job so worthwhile.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

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