ENGINEERING Communications Infrastructure Technician CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As a Communications Infrastructure Technician you will provide communication for the RAF’s digital infrastructure ecosystem by installing and maintaining essential fibre optic and data communication cables, radome structures and antenna masts working at height or in secure operation rooms.

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Pay During Initial Training £15,670+ + Benefits

After Successful Completion Of Phase Two Training £20,000+ + Benefits

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 (Grade A – C) in English Language and Maths
  • Must complete a specialist interview which includes a climbing aptitude test at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or holder of dual UK/other nationality
  • Commit to minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Building and Problem solving
  • Gaming & Computers
  • Travelling the world

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Repair, maintain and recover communication equipment.
  • Investigate and fix faults with antenna systems, fibre optic and data communication cables.
  • Assemble and install communication infrastructure such as antenna masks, fibre optic cables and radome installation structures.

MY ROLE AS A CIT

MY ROLE AS A CIT

As a Communication Infrastructure Technician, you will be required to work at heights in excess of 100 metres on support structures such as masts and towers, so you must have a head for heights. It could be your responsibility to assist with the erection of communications masts and systems, radome installation structures or install and repair fibre optic and data communications cables in a secure operations room. To make sure you are fully comfortable doing your job you will be trained to the highest standard in the use of various types of climbing, safety and rescue equipment, as well as fall arrest systems and other personal protective equipment.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

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

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

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You really feel like you’ve achieved something when someone’s got no communications, they’ve lost everything, and you go in there and repair it.

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TRAINING AND CAREERS

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

On graduation from Phase 1 training, you will move to RAF Digby and attend specialist Communication Infrastructure Technician training. This 26-week course is designed to prepare you for your first assignment by giving you necessary skill sets and knowledge across all aspects of the Communication Infrastructure Technician Trade. You will study a wide range of subjects such as Antenna Theory, Installation and Maintenance practices of Communications Components, Transmission Principles of Digital Information over Networks, Working at Height and in Confined Spaces, Rescue Procedures, Health & Safety and Basic Engineering. Your trade training also incorporates a number of non-technical elements such as sport and adventurous training activities which are designed to develop self-confidence, team work, communication skills and leadership.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

As a Communication Infrastructure Technician you will be enrolled in a Network Cable Installer Advanced Apprenticeship which includes an industry standard Level 3 Managing and Supervising Working at Height qualification. You will also be offered the opportunity to apply for professional registration as a full member of an national Engineering Institute licensed by the Engineering Council, this would provide international recognition of your qualifications.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As a Communication Infrastructure Technician, there are various opportunities for developing your skill sets. As you undertake new roles, you will have the chance to take courses that will help you meet the challenges in your new posts, such as; CISCO networking, Foundation degrees and Project Management. For your first assignment, you will be posted to an RAF base in the UK with experienced TG4 CIT’s, where you will be part of small teams responsible for maintaining various RAF stations communications within the UK or Overseas. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills which include maintenance of aircraft ground support and navigation aids communications, Fibre optics and structured cabling, radome maintenance and installations and mast and tower construction.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS AND PROGRESSION

After a year, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman/woman when you pass the Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank. If you reach Flight Sergeant, you will then move out of the Communications Infrastructure Technician trade and become ICT Manager.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The skills and experience you gain throughout your career as a Communication Infrastructure Technician in the RAF will equip you for a number of civilian jobs in the public and private sector. These include: Wind turbine Technicians, Network & Data Communications Engineers, Mast & Towers Telecoms Technicians & Power Engineers

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.

Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

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 9.10 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
45-47 12.54 7.07 16 23

 

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
45-47 15.19 5.04 6 20

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRTC Protocols

You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:

RAF MSFT: Intro

RAF MSFT: Bleep Test

You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here:

RAF Fitness Test

A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.

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

18 +

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.

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

18 +

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.

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 a 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. 
    Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
  • 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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