ENGINEERING Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) your job is to carry out maintenance and repair work on the airframe and propulsion systems on RAF aircraft.

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PAY DURING TRAINING £14,931 + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,489 + Benefits

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 16 – 29 years old
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or equivalent, or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 (Grade A – C) in English Language, Maths and an approved Science/Technology-based subject
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
  • Commit to minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Aircraft
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Travelling the world

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Carry out maintenance and repair work on the airframe and propulsion systems
  • If you work on our helicopters, to check rotor blades, rotor heads and transmission systems and be involved in the adjustment, repair or replacement of any defective parts.
  • Examine all the mechanical components, the structure of the aircraft, the engines and the associated electrical components that support these functions

Your work as Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) ensures the optimum flying performance of all RAF aircraft. You will first 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 Mechanical specialisation.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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Every day in work is a new experience. One day I can be running engines for fault diagnosis, the next I can be inside a fuel tank making repairs.

GLENN Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with 10 weeks of basic recruit training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to military life. As well as fitness and military training, you will 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 Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) training course.

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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 (MECHANICAL)

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.

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

10 weeks of basic recruit training at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron then a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be between 16 and 29 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:

Age

Male and female minimum

Male and female maximum

Male maximum with additional assessment

Female maximum with additional assessment

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18

28

32

30

16 to < 18

17

27

27

27

  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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