Aerosystems Engineer Officers manage the design, maintenance and operation of the RAF's cutting edge aircraft and supporting technology.

As an Aerosystems Engineer Officer you'll be a leader, as well as a technical decision maker, responsible for the availability and airworthiness of the RAF’s aircraft and support equipment.

You will be provided with many professional and personal development opportunities, together with the chance to work around the World, gaining unique engineering experiences in the process.

As well as RAF training packages and courses linked to outside professional bodies, we actively support individual study programmes at every level. You could have opportunities to take Masters' degree courses, either full-time or part-time.

As your career progresses, you will also be encouraged to join one of the Professional Engineering Institutions to attain Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer professional status to allow you to take on some of the more challenging airworthiness roles.

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What do Engineer Officers do?

  • Provide engineering management for RAF aircraft maintenance
  • Oversee the safety of munitions and other explosive materials
  • Setting, influencing and maintaining air-safety policy and direction

A £10,000 joining bonus is available for graduate engineers or engineering students in their final year of study, with an engineering degree that is accredited by a professional engineering institution registered with the UK Eng Council. The applicant must commence Initial Officer Training between 1 Sep 16 and 31 Aug 18 and the joining bonus is paid on successful completion of Engineer Officer Foundation Training. The bonus is exclusively available to direct entrants who have not previously been in receipt of a Bursary and are not currently or have previously served in the Armed Forces.

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Key Facts

You can be a Reserve
up to the age of

54

A minimum commitment of 

27 days

After five years you can receive a
tax-free lump sum ‘bounty’ of up to

£1,742

Unique benefits mean you will have a much higher disposable income

FREE
GYM

HEALTH
CARE

SUBSIDISED
FOOD

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HEALTH & DENTAL

You will receive excellent private healthcare and dental care. Not only is this a free service, but it’s readily available at a moment’s notice.

FREE GYM

Every base has free sports facilities. The RAF’s physical training instructors are also available to offer training advice and tips for staying fit.

SUBSIDISED FOOD

Eating well and staying healthy are important parts of daily life in the RAF and we offer well balanced meals at a subsidised price.

FREE PENSION

The RAF offers a free pension which you don’t have to pay into. The size of your pension will depend on your length of service and rank on retirement.

EDUCATION

In the RAF you will be encouraged to continue developing and will receive free training as well as an annual allowance towards new qualifications.

Training

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To join as a Reserve Engineer Officer you must be an ex-armed forces member...

AGE AND EXPERIENCE

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis.) Only qualified ex-military commissioned personnel are currently eligible for this role.

QUALIFICATIONS

I confirm that: I have an accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject, eg: aeronautical engineering; IT/IS engineering; mechanical engineering; electrical engineering; or electronic engineering My degree is accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs: the Royal Aeronautical Society; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Institution of Engineering and Technology; or (for CE officers only) the British Computer Society. Degree accreditation status can be determined via the Engineering Council (UK) website www.engc.org.uk I have a GCSE at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17)or Scottish Certificate of Education at Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent at Grade 5 in English Language

NATIONALITY

I have been 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.

(Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application).

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Key Facts

Initial pay after training

£30,616

Holiday entitlement

35 days

Rent from

£75 p/m

RENT FROM
£75P/M

FREE
GYM

SUBSIDISED
FOOD

HEALTH
CARE

TAX
CREDITS

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ACCOMMODATION

Living on base is a unique experience. Rent starts at as little as £24 a month including utility bills. Alternative accommodation on and off base is also available at lower rental costs than the UK average.

Mess (room only) from £24p/m
2-bed house (other ranks) from £75p/m
2-bed house (Officer) from £114p/m

HEALTH & DENTAL

You will receive excellent private healthcare and dental care. Not only is this a free service, but it’s readily available at a moment’s notice.

FREE GYM

Every base has free sports facilities. The RAF’s physical training instructors are also available to offer training advice and tips for staying fit.

TRAVEL ALLOWANCE

Whether you decided to live on or off base your travel costs will be significantly lower with travel allowances and discounts for you and your family.

SUBSIDISED FOOD

Eating well and staying healthy are important parts of daily life in the RAF and we offer well balanced meals at a subsidised price.

£33.53 per week
for 3 quality meals a day

COUNCIL TAX

While you live on base you will pay a heavily reduced council tax.

FREE PENSION

The RAF offers a free pension which you don’t have to pay into. The size of your pension will depend on your length of service and rank on retirement.

EDUCATION

In the RAF you will be encouraged to continue developing and will receive free training as well as an annual allowance towards new qualifications.

HARRY

My Life As An Aerosystems Engineer Officer

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Although it sounds relatively cliché, no one day is the same, which is one of the most interesting aspects of service life. Although you can become office bound at times, with meetings to attend and emails to answer, ensuring your team support the Typhoon Squadrons daily flying programme, and the personnel deployed overseas remains a primary focus. With up to three separate teams deployed away from the Station at any one time, and the personnel remaining on unit spread across different working shift patterns, ensuring you’re available and supporting your personnel to the best of your ability remains the key task throughout any day. Through my service in the RAF I’ve played Rugby in the USA, across Europe, and also completed a two week tour of Fiji.

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Training

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AGE

I am aged between 21 and 36

QUALIFICATIONS

I have an accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject. My degree is accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs and I have a GCSE at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17)or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language.

NATIONALITY

I have been 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. (Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application).

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