Comms Engineer-Systems Operator

Royal Signals

Set up communications anywhere in the world

"I PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN SECURE VOICE AND DATA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS SO THAT EVERYONE FROM A FRONTLINE SOLDIER TO THE GENERAL CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER."

On the battlefield, the provision of voice and data communication systems are crucial. Commanders may need to speak to their troops or report back to the UK. This is why you are critical to winning the battle. Communications Engineer Systems Operators are expert in advanced satellite, radio and computing technologies. You are given modern, industry-linked training and how to operate the equipment required to provide communication systems. You use your knowledge and skills to deliver advanced battle winning communications and conduct defensive cyber operations across the globe. You can receive a range of qualifications up to a degree and later, you can specialise as a Special Forces Operator, Advanced Cyber Operator or an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Become an expert in operating a multitude of Information Systems and Services, including radios, satellites, computer networks and applications.
  • Get continuous professional development, from a Level 3 NVQ in ICT and civilian accredited training up to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.
  • Learn how to drive and operate the vehicles that communications equipment is transported in, including HGVs and Armoured vehicles.
  • Access a wealth of specialisations, including Airborne Forces, Special Forces, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Cyber Operations.
  • If you excel, you can be undergo fast track promotion to Staff Sergeant, undertake a degree course and become a manager of complex communication systems.

 

 

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 you’ll study to become a specialist at the Royal School of Signals in Blandford. Here will begin the technical training you will need to fulfil your future role. You will study information technology fundamentals, antenna systems and propagation, defensive cyber techniques and how to communicate using military systems. In addition to this you will study the management, maintenance and operation of the equipment used regularly by the Royal Signals, including the setup of a complex digital radio detachment, which one day you could command.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in English Language and Grade A–D/9-3 in Maths, Science or IT

FITNESS: Lift 30kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Driving licences: B+E, C+E, D1.
  • Level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
  • BTEC Level 2 certificate in ICT
  • NVQ Level 3 as an Information Communication Technology (Professional)
  • Professional registration with IET or the BCS

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 Signaller your pay will rise to £18,859.

Golden hello available of up to £5,000 when you finish your Phase 2 training.

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

"As a Engineer Systems Operator you can find yourself deployed in a variety of roles. You could be working in small groups to provide the communications for a deployed headquarters, with a mission ranging from a humanitarian tasking anywhere in the world, to disarming explosive devices within the UK. Additionally, you could be working as the sole operator, responsible for transmitting the orders from the Brigade or Divisional commander, or your could be responsible for providing the communications and operating the equipment on behalf of hundreds of staff officers deployed within a headquarters."

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
Basic training teaches you how to be a soldier. You will learn how to survive outdoors, fire different weapon systems, fight on the modern battlefield as well as developing key life skills.


Step 2
Next, you learn the specialist skills you need for your role in Phase 2 with your paired Reserve unit, and at the Royal School of Signals. This happens mostly in the evenings and at weekends, with a 15 day continuous training period once a year. Once complete you will be fully integrated in an active deployable Reserve unit and be on a career path to become a communications expert.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - The day before you turn 50

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in English Language and Grade A–D/9-3 in Maths, Science or IT

FITNESS: Lift 30kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Category B+E (car and trailer) driving licence
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL) to Level 1 incorporating units 1, 2, 3 and 7.
  • Professional registration with IET (ICT Tech) on completion class 1

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 Signaller your pay will rise to £18,859.

Golden hello available of up to £5,000 when you finish your Phase 2 training.

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 have had an interest in joining the military, however instead of beginning a career in the Regular Army, I started a career in web design and joined the Army Reserves. With a background in information technology, the Royal Corps of Signals was an obvious choice. I have gained skills from service in the Royal Signals that I don’t think I could have developed in any other walk of life. By far the most exciting thing that I’ve done is learning to ski in Austria; this gave me new found confidence - and I got paid to do it too!"

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.