Plumber

Royal Engineers

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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Study plumbing & pipe fittings
  • Learn to install and maintain heating systems
  • Learn how to make heat loss calculations
  • Become proficient in basic technical drawings

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: 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

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

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 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.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
First, you have basic training, to learn how to be a soldier.


Step 2
Then it’s Phase 2 training as a Royal Engineer. Over two weeks you learn basic field engineering skills. The last stage of training is 34 weeks at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, learning about water supply, heating systems and roofing. You also learn the basics of gas supply and appliances. All training is designed to fit around your 9 to 5 day job as far as possible.:

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

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing & Heating – (City and Guilds)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies – (City and Guilds)
  • Functional Skills English at level 2 – (City and Guilds)
  • Functional Skills Mathematics at level 2 – (City and Guilds)
  • Functional Skills ICT at level 1 – (City and Guilds)

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 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 will be a qualified gas engineer when I pass the Class 1 course. If and when I leave the Army, I will have this highly sought after qualification that’s needed in the civilian world.”

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.