General Fitter

Royal Engineers

Your technical training will be invaluable

"“I have found the Fitter General course to be a great insight into vehicle and equipment maintenance, from small water pumps to large plant equipment.”

What does a Fitter do? In the Army, you service nearly all our vehicles and equipment. That means you could be sent anywhere in the world. First-class training teaches you about construction methods, health and safety, and working from engineers’ drawings. You become an expert in bench fitting, fabrication for petrol and diesel engines, mobile generators, transmissions and hydraulic systems. Plus, you can get qualifications and build skills for your future career. On top of all that, you’ll have an active Army life, full of sports, adventure and friends.


  • Service engines on a variety of vehicles
  • Be part of large-scale engineer construction
  • Work on plant mechanics
  • Earn qualifications in mechanical engineering
  • Deploy all over the world


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. You’ll get your driving licence too, if you don’t have this already. Finally, you go the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham for 41 weeks. Here, you learn about petrol and diesel engines, generators and pumps.


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


Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test


  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) – (City and Guilds)
  • Cat B, C+E driving licence


Learn about rank progression here.


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.



“I have found the Fitter General course to be a great insight into vehicle and equipment maintenance, from small water pumps to large plant equipment. Although challenging, the instructors are very helpful and move at a pace that suits everyone. There are a wide range of skills that can be transferred to civilian life.”


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.