Engineers manufacture, maintain and repair the equipment the Royal Air Force relies on. Can you find the solutions and fix the problems to keep the Royal Air Force moving?

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Engineering

The Engineer Profession is essential for the success of each mission. They look after and fix all aircraft, airfield support equipment, electronics and weaponry required to support operations in the air.

As an Engineer you will ensure the RAF is able to complete missions safely at a moments notice. It's up to you to make sure equipment is ready to use, whenever and wherever it's needed.

OFFICER ROLE

As an Engineer Officer, you will be responsible for leading your team and making technical decisions when it matters most. This is a degree level role with world-class training.

TECHNICIAN ROLES

As a Technician you will be trained extensively and be responsible for all of the RAF’s cutting-edge machinery and equipment. These technical roles start with an apprenticeship.

Engineering

The Engineer Profession is essential for the success of each mission. They look after and fix all aircraft, airfield support equipment, electronics and weaponry required to support operations in the air.

As an Engineer you will ensure the RAF is able to complete missions safely at a moments notice. It's up to you to make sure equipment is ready to use, whenever and wherever it's needed.

OFFICER ROLE

As an Engineer Officer, you will be responsible for leading your team and making technical decisions when it matters most. This is a degree level role with world-class training.

TECHNICIAN ROLES

As a Technician you will be trained extensively and be responsible for all of the RAF’s cutting-edge machinery and equipment. These technical roles start with an apprenticeship.

MEET MANJEET

Manjeet has been an Engineer Officer in the RAF for over 21 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience.

MEET ABBEY

Abbey tells us about what life is like as a Junior Engineer Officer

MEET SHEVONNE

Shevonne talks about her career as an RAF Weapon Technician

MEET MANJEET

Manjeet has been an Engineer Officer in the RAF for over 21 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience.

MEET ABBEY

Abbey tells us about what life is like as a Junior Engineer Officer

MEET SHEVONNE

Shevonne talks about her career as an RAF Weapon Technician

Get paid to train, travel the world and find friends for life.

The Engineer Profession ensures that the right equipment is ready when and where it's needed.

To do this we make sure that you receive world class training and ongoing development. We make sure that you are highly skilled and able to maintain and repair the high-tech equipment required to support operations in the air. With the right training you will be able to make sure that the aircraft and its supporting equipment are ready at a moment’s notice.

Life in the RAF is more than just a job. We offer a highly competitive benefits package. There are sporting opportunities and facilities available to everyone. You'll have the chance to travel the world and make new friends all whilst keeping in touch with friends and family at home.

Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) working on Chinook helicopter engine

Why join the RAF?

  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • Training

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ENGINEERING FAQS

What qualifications do I need for engineering roles?

TO APPLY FOR AN ENGINEER OFFICER ROLE YOU NEED TO:

  • Be aged between 17 years and 6 months and 47
  • Have a Bachelors or Masters degree in a subject relevant to the role you are applying for (i.e. Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering etc)
  • Have a GCSE at grade C/4 or above; or SNE equivalent grade 5 or above in English Language
  • Be a UK, UK/Dual Nationality or Republic of Ireland citizen or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth

 

TO APPLY FOR AN ENGINEER TECHNICIAN ROLE YOU NEED TO:

  • Be aged between 15 years and 9 months and 47
  • Have GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above; or SNE equivalent grade 5 or above in English Language, Mathematics and should have an approved science/technology-based subject*
  • Be a UK, UK/Dual Nationality or Republic of Ireland citizen or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth**

*  GCSE science is not required for Survival Equipment Specialist 
** Aircraft Technician (Avionics) will only accept applicants with UK, UK/Dual citizenship.

Do engineers need to be physically fit?

  • Yes, every person in the RAF is required to maintain a level of fitness in order to do their role well. If you’re a Cyberspace Communication Specialist you might be required to be deployed to set up initial communications in an area and carry equipment. Similarly, if you’re an Aircraft Technician you may be required in your role to prep a Typhoon about to scramble to defend UK airspace from a hostile aircraft.
  • Fitness is a key part of RAF life – with all the clubs and sports you can get involved with on a wide variety of levels, from occasional fun to Olympic competition.

How long is the application process?

  • As an Engineer Officer we aim to have all applications successfully completed within six months and for an Engineer Technician we aim to have all applications successfully completed within three months. This is subject to the availability of your specific training courses but be assured that we will aim to work around your specific needs.

Where will I be based?

  • We have Engineering bases all over the UK and abroad. Where you will be exactly is dependent on your role and what each base currently requires. Speak with your local AFCO for more information.

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