Cyber Engineer

Royal Signals

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This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

CYBER WARFARE SPECIALISTS AT THE HEART OF THE INFORMATION BATTLE

AS A CYBER ENGINEER, YOU WILL BECOME ONE OF THE THREE FOCUSED TRADES DEVELOPING, DEPLOYING AND MAINTAINING OUR BATTLE WINNING CYBER CAPABILITY.

INFORMATION SERVICES ENGINEER
You will be trained to manage, maintain, configure and deploy a wide range of Information, Communications and Technology systems, ensuring that frontline troops and Commanders can communicate on operations worldwide whilst protecting these systems from Cyber Warfare threats.

NETWORKS ENGINEER
You will prepare, configure, deploy and maintain operational and tactical communication systems to ensure frontline troops and their Commanders can communicate on operations worldwide. You will be able to engineer a range of systems including radios, satellite systems, computer networks and mobile communications as well as support a range of software applications and ICT.

INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEER
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. You will install communications network data centres and configure advanced telecommunications equipment.

 This role includes the roles formerly known as Communications Systems Engineer, Communication Systems Operator and Communications Engineer - Installation.

 

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
This is the start of your technical training designed to introduce basic signalling and communication skills whilst building on your existing military skills. You will learn about the Royal Corps of Signals, it's history and what it means to belong to a Corps that is over 100 years old. You will be taught basic principles and skills which you will build on throughout your career; such as siting, operating and talking on military radios, radio logs, map marking, working at heights, health and safety, and of course security. This training will give you a strong foundation prior to the next step in your journey.

Step 3
You may be one of the four trades that will go down this route. It builds on Foundation 1 and dives deeper into technical training in preparation for your trade course. Be prepared for a blend of building and configuring networks, managing system problems including a helpdesk, equipment care, understanding field generators, field cable and security (including cyber). Naturally, the military skills you built up in Foundation 1 are continually revised and refreshed during this course.

Step 4
Each trade group undertakes its own specialist training specific to your role and as such the length of your time spent with 11 Signal Regiment will vary, ranging from a few weeks to a year. The majority of our technical training is accredited to civilian standards and you will begin your journey of professional development from the moment you start your course.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 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

  • Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT
  • Level 7 PG Cert Wireless Communications
  • Certified Network Cable Installer
  • City and Guilds: 3663-03 Designing and Planning Networks, 3667-02 Fibre Optic Tech, 3667-02 SWS Structure and Cabling
  • Chartered Management Institute Level 4 Team Leading, Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring, Level 6 Leadership and Management
  • Level 4 Team Leading
  • Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 6 Leadership and Management
  • Professional Registration with the Institute for Engineering and Technology at ICT Tech, IEng and CEng levels
  • Professional Registration with the British Computer Society at RIT Tech and CITP levels
  • Through life learning opportunities and education up to Masters Degree level

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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