Technical and engineering

Electrician

Electrical Technicians maintain and repair the diverse range of electrical equipment used on RAF bases. Their work is essential to ensuring RAF aircraft are able to take off and complete their missions safely.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Carry out work on power generators, air conditioning units, X-ray security machines and vehicle electrical systems
  • Conduct servicing and fault repair in specialist engineering workshops
  • Install temporary electrical systems in mobile, forward operating bases

Similar civilian roles include instrument servicing technician and automotive electrician.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as an Electrician in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

Minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

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

606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim

611 Sqn RAF Woodvale

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I’m based at the Tactical Communications Wing, which goes all over the world to provide front-line communications for the RAF. All the power for their communications equipment and laptops comes from the generators that I service and repair.’

My Day

‘Most of the time we work normal hours, for example preparing kit for a detachment or fixing anything that’s damaged. Every so often though, you’re the duty technician, which means you are on call to help with the kit at any time of the day or night.’

David, Electrician

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

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 RAF St Athan, near Cardiff, which lasts approximately 18 months. You will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship and a team of RAF and civilian instructors will teach you electrical engineering principles. You will then put the theory into practice when learning how to service and repair a vast range of equipment. On successful completion of the training course, you will be awarded a City & Guilds Level 3 Progression Award in Electrical Engineering and also the 17th edition wiring regulations qualification and you will receive your first posting. Your specialist training, along with the experience you gain on the job, will lead to the award of an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance (Electrical), and your Advanced Apprenticeship could be completed within three years of joining the RAF.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

Following the completion of the NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance (Electrical), and on gaining promotion to Cpl you will go on a training course and on successful completion gain a qualification in Temporary Electrical Installation Design. Further opportunities will be available as you gain more experience and undertake different roles within your trade.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills and you will develop fault diagnosis techniques. You may be posted to a specialist area of employment such as medical and dental equipment, Air Defence Radar systems or photographic equipment. There are also opportunities for management and leadership training. In addition, the qualifications and experience you gain may be used to meet the joining criteria for relevant civilian professional associations.

Your First Tour

For your first tour, you will probably be posted to an RAF station where you will work on airfield-portable electrically operated equipment in an electrical maintenance bay. You will also inspect and service all kinds of engine-driven equipment and the vehicles and equipment used to support aircraft. You could also assist experienced technicians in more complex repair tasks, using test apparatus to find electrical system faults. You will have a key role in supporting the station’s mission and you will form part of a professional team.

Your Future Career Prospects and Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. 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. As you gain experience and complete your NVQ Level 3, you will achieve Technician status. As you advance through the ranks, you will have the increased opportunity to lead and direct people, managing resources and manpower within your area of work to deliver the required outputs whilst maintaining and instilling the highest standards expected within the RAF. 

Transferable Skills

The qualifications, experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist Electrical Technician are recognised and are as highly regarded in civilian industry as they are in the RAF, which means that should you ever decide to pursue a career outside the RAF, you will be well placed to find employment.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

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

The next step is a specialist training course (Basic Trade Training) at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, which lasts for one week. The course is designed to convert you from your current role, possibly as a civilian electrician, to a military electrician. Following your Basic Trade Training you will be required to complete the ‘Electrical Inspection and Testing within a Military Environment’ course; further training and practical experience, combined with the completion of a workbook, will fully qualify you in the Trade of Gen Tech E.

Additional Training Opportunities

Once mobilised, during pre-deployment training you will receive the necessary instruction in order to fulfil the requirements of the position that you will be holding.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your service progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills, and you will develop fault diagnosis techniques. You may be mobilised into specialist areas, such as Tactical Supply or the Expeditionary Airfield Squadron, where you will provide electrical engineering support both in the UK and abroad; you could also have opportunities for management and leadership training. The qualifications and experience you will gain as a RAF Reservist may be used to meet the joining criteria for relevant civilian professional associations.

Your Future Career Prospects and Progression

You will initially join the RAuxAF for a period of 12 years, with a minimum commitment of 27 days per year. Each year’s training includes a 2-week (15 day) block for general RAF training, and at least 6 weekends (12 days) for additional training, trade training, or training exercises. After completing one year’s service, you will be eligible for promotion to Leading Aircraftman (LAC), providing that your Basic Trade Training has commenced. The rank of Senior Aircraftman (SAC) can be achieved at the 2 year point; further promotion to the rank corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. As you gain experience and complete your Trade Training, you will achieve ‘Technician’ status. As you advance through the ranks, you will have the increased opportunity to lead and direct people, managing resources and manpower to deliver the required outputs whilst maintaining and instilling the highest standards expected within the RAF.

Transferable Skills

The experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist Electrical Technician are recognised and are as highly-regarded in civilian industry as they are in the RAF; if you decide to further your career outside the RAuxAF, your skills should mean that you are better placed to find employment.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

GCSEs at 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 approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

Age:

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

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

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:

GCSEs at 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.

Level 3 Qualification in an Electrical Engineering discipline with relevant experience.

(If you do not hold a qualification in an approved Science or Technology-based subject, you can still apply as a qualified General Technician Electrical provided you have the required Level 3 in Electrical Engineering, English Language and Mathematics grades.)

Further information and advice is available from your local AFCO or RAuxAF Squadron

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

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

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

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

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