Cyber Infrastructure Engineer

Royal Signals

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CYBER WARFARE SPECIALISTS AT THE HEART OF THE INFORMATION BATTLE

You keep open vital voice and data communications over fibre optic and copper cable links between HQs and front-line units, enabling key battle winning orders to be made to defeat the enemy.

Deploy, engineer and maintain infrastructure solutions to enable battle winning communications.

You will work in a hands-on, fast-paced and highly specialised role providing cutting edge communications information systems in support of HM Forces deployed worldwide.

You will become experts in building voice and data telecommunications networks in fixed locations and supporting rapid reaction deployments across the world anywhere, anytime using fibre optic and copper cables underground and at height, with opportunities to qualify as an Aerial Rigger.

The structured cabling networks that you build will directly support commanders on the battlefield. You will install communications network data centres and configure advanced telecommunications equipment initially gaining highly regarded civilian cabling qualifications leading to project planning and management qualifications and higher vocational and educational opportunities later in your career.

You will be eligible for promotion to LCpl 1 year after completing trade training and over a full career you could achieve professional registration with the Institute of Engineering Technology and the Engineering Council leading to Chartered Engineer status and promotion WO1.

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
You’ll then study to become a specialist at the Royal School of Signals in Blandford. You'll study how to set up, service and repair telephone networks on our bespoke training area and you will gain the skills you need to work with copper and fibre cabling. You will also learn about video teleconferencing, digital exchanges and network management.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language and GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in Maths or a science based subject
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Driving Licences: B+E
  • Level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
  • Technical Certificate in Telecommunications (AES)
  • City and Guilds in Communications Cabling and Basic Electrical Engineering
  • NVQ Level 3 ICT (P)- Advanced apprenticeship in Information Communication Technology (Professional)
  • Professional registration with IET
  • City and Guilds in Designing and Planning networks
  • Higher apprenticeship in ICT (P) (Level 4)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"Mainly working in small surge teams of highly qualified technicians, a large amount of independence and trust is given to installation technicians as they deploy globally. Without doubt the most well travelled trade in the Corps, I have been to the Falkland Islands, the Ascension islands, Cyprus and Kenya, all while building up accreditation towards professional trade status. On Operations, we are a highly sought after resource as the cabled link between headquarters and frontline camps is one of the most important as it underpins the Army’s technological reach in to the battlefield. "

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.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You will enter this role with at least one of the three key skills (copper, fibre, structured cabling) gained from either previous Regular service or industry.

Step 2
Additional training courses in the other skills, as well as courses in planning are available. There is also the opportunity to gain experience and skills 'on the job', learning from other experienced Installation Technicians.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: Relevant skills from industry or ex-Regular service (which will be assessed before applications are accepted)

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Opportunity to gain additional driving licence qualifications
  • Certain courses at the Royal School of Signals attract a City & Guilds award

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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

"My job lets me deploy with my regular counterparts, use the skills I've picked up in my civvy job and develop myself further. I normally go on tasks with a small team, maybe six other people. I've been all over the world - the Falklands, Cyprus, Brunei and Kenya. The training is great too - I've just done a course on structured network cabling and my civvy boss is interested in using me on a new project at work as a result."

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.

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