All the engineers you see working on the Typhoon at air shows are volunteers from 29(R) Sqn at RAF Coningsby. They come from four different specialist engineering trades, all vital in ensuring the Typhoon Force stays serviceable and air worthy. You can find more information about each trade below and you can also visit the main RAF Careers website by clicking on the link.
Mechanical Technicians (Mechs) maintain the Typhoon’s aircraft structure, engines and mechanical systems. This includes the fault diagnosis and rectification of the landing gear, hydraulics, air conditioning, anti-icing and flying controls. Additionally the Mechs are responsible for the maintenance of the gearboxes, and aircraft fuel system. The large amount of Typhoon mechanical systems can result in this trade being both demanding and rewarding.
Avionics Technicians (Fairies) are responsible for maintaining the Typhoon’s electrical system, cockpit instrumentation and aircraft computers. These complex computer systems manage the aircraft’s flying controls, radar, communication, navigation, aircraft defensive control and weapon targeting systems. The Typhoon’s advanced computer system integration involves avionic technicians often working closely with both mechanical and weapon technicians when diagnosing system faults.
Weapons Technicians (Armourers) are responsible for arming the Multi-Role Typhoon with a wide variety of Weaponry which includes the 27mm Mauser Cannon, ASRAAM and AMRAAM air to air missiles, Laser guided Paveway bombs, 1000 Litre fuel tanks and Defensive Countermeasures (Chaff and Flares). The Armourers are also responsible for the crucial task of fitting, removing and arming the Crew Escape System components which include the Martin-Baker Mk16a Ejection Seat and Canopy Jettison system.
Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics
Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics (AMMs) are responsible for the general ground handling and flight servicing of the Typhoon. Junior technicians will act as an AMM before they specialise as either a Mechanical or Avionics Technician. This involves checking the aircraft for damage and refuelling and replenishing the engine and gearbox oil systems. AMMs assist with the replacement of both mechanical and avionic components, regardless of their future technician trade. The variety of tasks which they are employed in allows them to gain valuable experience of working around aircraft.