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Aircraft Technician (Avionics)

You will firstly be trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic where you will be employed on a front line aircraft flying squadron for 2 years undertaking aircraft servicing work, preparing aircraft for flight and ensuring that they are fit to fly. You will then undertake Further Training as an Aircraft Technician in the Avionics specialisation. As an aircraft engineering specialist, Aircraft Technicians (Avionics) carry out maintenance and repair work on the sophisticated electronic and avionic on board RAF aircraft such as:

• Radar.
• Communication and Identification systems.
• Image and data acquisition including reconnaissance and target acquisition equipment.
• Navigation.
• Aircraft defensive aides systems.
• Weapon aiming and delivery systems.
• Aircraft flight control systems.

You will also maintain the aircraft electrical generation and distribution systems that provide power for the electronic systems on RAF aircraft. In addition, you will maintain on-board weapon management systems that allow aircrew to select, arm and release aircraft weapons. There are also opportunities to undertake instructional duties or work within a software development organisation. Furthermore, you could form part of the aircraft flight crew to provide engineering support to aircraft systems that are operated whilst in flight or to provide aircraft engineering support when the aircraft is deployed. Like most people in the RAF, you will probably move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a ‘tour’. You will normally work at a flying station – an RAF base that is home to one or more squadrons of aircraft. You will also have opportunities for travel overseas when your skills are needed to support our aircraft and equipment around the world on operations and exercises.

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Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 years

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

622 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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In the RAF

My Role

'It’s my job to maintain and prepare aircraft for flight. I service cockpit electronics, computers and databases – basically, anything that creates power. If an aircraft isn’t serviceable it doesn’t fly, which has a knock-on effect for operations. The work can be intense, especially when you have to react quickly to a sudden technical fault. But that’s part of what makes it so exciting!'

My Day

'I work on the Tornado GR4 with the Avionics trade desk which is a whole new challenge. Fault diagnosis, various maintenance procedures, and component replacement are just a few things I do. We work two different weekly shift patterns, days and nights. In my time off I enjoy playing tennis, hiking and using the gymnasium.

I would like to gain more responsibilities, further my qualifications, and be promoted in the near future. One of the positive aspects of being in the RAF is that you are given the opportunity, both financially and with time off, to pursue your goals. Not all employers offer the same opportunities for career, experience, sport, and travel. This is the reason I made the decision to join the RAF to start my Aviation Career.'

James, Aircraft Technician (Avionics)

Training

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Full Time
Regular

Recruit training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a specialist training course at the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at Cosford (DSAE Cosford), near Wolverhampton, which lasts about five months. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of your role, which includes aircraft handling and safety procedures. You’ll complete this course as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic (AMM) and then get your first posting, where you will remain for about two years to gain the necessary experience needed for the technician training course.

Your First Tour

As an AMM For your first tour, you will be posted to a flying squadron where you will undertake the role of a flight line operator, ensuring that aircraft are serviced and ready to fly to meet the flying programme. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to assist the aircraft technicians and gain exposure to the technical aspects of aircraft fault diagnostics, maintenance and repair.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

You will be enrolled on an Intermediate Apprenticeship during your AMM training course and will complete an NVQ Level 2 during your employment as an AMM.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

After your first tour as an AMM and, providing you achieve the required specialist standards, you will return to DSAE Cosford to undertake Further Training on a 13 month long technician training course. You will also be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering. On successful completion of this part of your specialist training you will be qualified as an Aircraft Technicians (Avionics). You will be enrolled on an NVQ Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering where on successful completion of the NVQ portfolio, you will have completed all elements of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering. There are a plethora of competencies that you could acquire throughout your Service in the RAF and a wide spectrum of specialist roles such as Non-Destructive Testing, aircraft software development or working within a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation.

Your First Tour as an Aircraft Technician (Avionics)

For your first tour you will likely be posted to a flying station where, as a specialist, you will use and further develop the skills you learnt during training as you carry out more complex tasks involved with aircraft and aircraft component servicing, maintenance and repair. Your expertise will be used in the diagnosis and rectification of faults to ensure aircraft are fit to fly to meet the station’s mission.

Your Future Career Prospects and Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.

Transferable Skills

The NVQs and Apprenticeships that you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. Furthermore, as an aircraft engineer in the RAF, the skills and qualifications you will have gained will place you in good stead for a wide range of employment fields when you leave the RAF.

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17)or equivalent in English language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject. 

A list of alternative approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

Age:

16–30* *(Must attest before 30th birthday)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

 

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17)or equivalent in English language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject. 

A list of alternative approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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