Surveyor

Royal Engineers

MAKE EVERY ARMY BUILDING PROJECT A SUCCESS

I AM CURRENTLY DOING MY CLASS TWO SURVEYOR ENGINEER COURSE. INSTRUCTION ON THE COURSE HAS BEEN EXCELLENT.
In the Army, we have all kinds of building projects – new bases, runways and more. As a Surveyor, you’ll use the latest technology to map out the construction site and create designs before building work starts. You make sure that everything is set out correctly and that the structure is the same as the plans. It's a responsible job that calls for pinpoint accuracy – so you’ll get first-class training. You learn about technical drawing, surveying, IT and more. With this knowledge plus a good eye for detail, you’ll travel the world, working on all sorts of projects and making great mates.

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 ten 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 27 weeks. Here, you learn to produce survey plans and set out lines and levels.

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 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Survey (Military Engineering)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I am currently doing my Class Two Surveyor Engineer Course. Instruction on the course has been excellent; so far we have been taught how to chain survey. It’s a basic form of surveying but gives us a fundamental understanding of collecting detail from a line. We’ve also been taught how to take levelling readings – essential to all site surveys. Most recently, we’ve been taught traverse and tachometry, where we use the most up-to-date in-service theodolite technology to take millimeter accurate measurement readings and angle readings to two seconds of a degree accuracy. It’s been hard work but very rewarding.”

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.