Plumber

Royal Engineer jobs

This is available as a full time Army role.

GET TRAINED AND TEST YOUR SKILLS WORLDWIDE

IF AND WHEN I LEAVE THE ARMY, I WILL HAVE THIS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER QUALIFICATION THAT’S NEEDED IN THE CIVILIAN WORLD.
Heating and plumbing are vital in the Army. After all, every building, from bases to hospitals, needs to be warm and properly plumbed in to be useful to us. Your job will be to look after heating and plumbing at sites all over the world. We’ll teach you everything you need to know: about pipe fittings and central heating, for instance. You’ll be part of a friendly Army family, enjoying sports, Adventure Training and more.
  • Plumber is a Technical role in the Royal Engineers. All the Royal Engineer soldier job roles are divided into 5 groups. When you apply to the Engineers, you will apply to the trade group rather than the specific trade. More about types of roles in the Royal Engineers.

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 34 weeks. Here, you learn about water supply, heating systems and roofing. You also learn the basics of gas supply and appliances.

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 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3m
  • 2km run 11m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 apprenticeship (NVQ Technical Certificate and Functional Skills) in Heating and Plumbing (City & Guilds)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I recently deployed to Cyprus to conduct my trade. We changed the old steel pipes into copper pipes on the ablutions in the military base. I leant many new skills doing this which will both benefit my time with the Army or help me get a civilian job when I choose to leave.”

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.