Power Engineer

Royal Signals

This is available as a full time Army role.

Cyber Warfare Specialists at the heart of the information battle

My training and experience enable me to engineer and maintain complex power systems on operations worldwide

Vital battle-winning electrical infrastructure management and installation. You are vital to the success of battlefield communications. You will prepare, engineer, maintain complex Power Distribution Systems to ensure that frontline troops and their commanders can communicate on deployment worldwide. Trained to a high level you will be able to engineer a range of systems including Field Electrical Power Distribution Systems (FEPDS), Lighting and Power Distribution Systems (LAPDS) , Field Electrical Power Systems (FEPS) Generators, Lightweight Field Generators (LFG), and be trained to such a level where you will be able to exploit all avenues of opportunity.

On completion of training you will go on your assigned unit and may be sent onto specialist courses to enable you to become an expert in your field. You will receive a range of civilian recognised qualifications up to degree level. There are opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and experience to specialist roles such as Airborne Paratrooper or Special Forces Communicator.

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 will study to become a Power Engineer 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 electrical principles, engine fundamentals, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), IET BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, introduction to IET BS2391-52 Inspecting and Testing, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC), basic power planning and operation and use of hand and power tools. With this new knowledge, you will learn how to supply, maintain and manage Electrical Power Systems using systems designed for military use and civilian bought off of the shelf items. In addition to this you will study the management, maintenance and operation of the equipment used regularly by the Royal Signals. You’ll practice these skills in a variety of environments in conjunction with developing your leadership skills to allow you to fulfil the role of required of you.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade English (Lang) D/3 or above, maths at C/4
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m
  • 2km run 11m 30s
  • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Driving licences: B+E, C+E
  • Level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
  • Apprenticeship: Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineer
  • C&G 2377-22: Portable Appliance Testing
  • C&G 2391-52: Initial verification, periodic inspection and testing of electrical circuits and installations
  • C&G 2396 ; Design, Erection and Verification of Electrical Installations
  • IEE BS7671: Wiring Regulations (18th Ed)
  • IEC 60309 & BS1363: International Standards for plugs, socket-outlets and couplers for industrial purposes
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Con (HVAC) – FGAS Certificates in Groups 1,2 & 3
  • Professional registration with Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) at Eng Tech Level
  • Level 4 Team Leading
  • Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 6 Leadership and Management

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"Working as a Power 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.