Electrical Engineer-Comms

Royal Signals

Vital battle-winning electrical infrastructure management and installation

"As an electricial engineer, each day is different and you can expect to be deployed into various roles and locations that provide exciting opportunities as well as a varied and challenging job role."

Whether they’re in the desert or a jungle camp, our units need electricity. You'll set up power generators on battlefields and military bases that run everything from lighting to communications systems. You learn your skills in the classroom and on the job, which means the training’s well-rounded. Once you’re qualified, you’ll know how to charge secondary cell batteries and set up field power networks too. With your talents, our soldiers will have the power they need, wherever they are. And when you’re not travelling the world? You’ll make friends, get qualifications and try all kinds of sports.


  • Get trained in the mechanical and electrical repair of field generators and learn to install and maintain AC and DC generators.
  • Become an expert in implementing power plans to meet complex requirements.
  • Get continuous professional development, including a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance and civilian accredited training.
  • Learn how to drive and operate the vehicles that generators are transported on, from Land Rovers up to HGVs with trailers.
  • Get a large amount of responsibility from a very junior rank, such as partial responsibility for the power plan of an entire deployed headquarters.


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
After this, you begin your technical training at the Royal School of Signals in Blandford. Here you are trained to install power and lighting systems in combat or civilian crisis management locations and you will also learn to charge and maintain secondary cell batteries and install field power distribution systems. You will also gain your B+E and C+E driving licence.:


Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least Maths or Physics-based science

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

From 1 April 2019, the tests you take at the Assessment Centre will change:

Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test


  • Driving licences: B+E, C+E
  • Level 1 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
  • City & Guilds Basic Engineering Competencies
  • Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance (Electrical) (Level 2)
  • City and Guilds in: - Engineering Systems Maintenance (Level 1 & 2) - Management of Electrical Equipment Maintenance (Level 3) - Level 3 Certificate in Electrical Inspections - Level 3 Certificate in Communications Cabling
  • Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Electrical Maintenance) (Level 3)
  • Professional registration with IET


Learn about rank progression here.


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.


"Working as an electrical engineer, you will mainly working as part of a team of electricians, but sometimes you will work as an individual. Your main role will be the deployment and operation of different electrical systems and equipment to provide power to support deployed Royal Signals elements around the world. You learn to use workshop machinery and tools and operate different electrical systems and equipment. You also study power generation and distribution and learn to install and maintain the generators, which provide power to Divisional and Brigade headquarters within the British Army."


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.