After Engineer Officer Foundation Training (Aerosystems), you will have the skills and knowledge to lead and manage large teams of highly skilled technicians within a military airworthiness environment. There is a diverse range of employment opportunities for you following training, however, typically you will be responsible for leading an engineering department responsible for providing mission critical equipment in support of the frontline aircraft. In this role you will be responsible for the optimum performance of the department, which will include making technical decisions, prioritising tasks and ensuring all engineering practices are maintained to the highest standard at all times. Following this tour you will likely move to a ‘frontline’ role where you will be directly responsible for maintaining the airworthiness of an aircraft type, such as the Junior Engineer on a Typhoon, C17 or Chinook support helicopter squadron.
YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS
Within your first or second tours you will be promoted to Flight Lieutenant and given extra responsibility. As your career progresses you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles and environments; building on your experience as you progress. For example following a ‘frontline’ tour where you were directly responsible for the airworthiness of an aircraft platform you may progress in to a Project Team responsible for supporting that platform and introducing modifications and enhancements. Following further promotions you could be responsible for leading that Project Team or being the lead engineer for a platform or station. Throughout your career as an engineer officer and professional engineer, you will hold a great deal of responsibility and your opinion and knowledge will be highly regarded. With the introduction of fourth and fifth generation aircraft our engineers need to remain current with new and evolving technology and therefore there are opportunities to specialise and/or develop your knowledge through further study as you progress through your career.