ENGINEERING Engineer Officer (Communications Electronics) CURRENTLY RECRUITING

Engineer Officers (Communications Electronics) are responsible for the leading the engineering activity that supports RAF’s vast array of information technology, strategic communications services, satellite communications, air defence RADARs and the latest generation aircraft engineering and mission support systems.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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Pay during Initial Officer Training £25,984 + Benefits

Pay after Initial Officer Training £31,232 + Benefits

DAY RATES: DAY RATES ARE DEPENDENT ON ROLE, RANK AND EXPERIENCE

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 21 - 36 years old
  • An accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Gaming & Computers
  • Analysis and maths
  • Travelling the world

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • An accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject
  • Qualified ex-military personnel
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit to 27 days per year
  • Pass the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Gaming & Computers
  • Analysis and maths
  • Travelling the world

Locations

611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be ready to deploy all over the world to provide essential communication services in support of air operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
  • Provide engineering and mission support systems that the latest generation of aircraft rely on in order top operate.
  • Specialise in cyber security and help to defend communication networks across Defence.

As an Engineer Officer you will be responsible for leading your team and making technical decision when it matters most. You will be given world-class training, giving you with the skills to lead and manage large teams of highly skilled technicians.

As a Communications Electronics specialist you are vital in keeping lines of communication open. You will be responsible for global communications and information systems, as well as cyber security, aircraft mission planning and support systems, information assurance and ground-based radar.

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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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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JAMES ,Engineer Officer (Communications Electronics) JAMES ,Engineer Officer (Communications Electronics)
I joined the RAF with an aim to be given a lot more responsibility at an earlier age than you could ever expect as a civilian. Having now completed 5 years’ service this has certainly been the case.

JAMES Engineer Officer (Communications Electronics)

TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with Initial Officer Training at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire where you will follow a challenging 24-week syllabus to develop your leadership and management skills.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After Initial Officer Training, you will then move onto Engineer Officer Foundation Training (Communications Electronics); this is a 22-week course at the Defence School of Communications Information Systems (DSCIS) at RAF Cosford that prepare you for your foundation tour and beyond. With additional study you can also obtain a BSc(Hons) Degree in Communications Engineering Management.

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FOUNDATION TOURS

After EOFT(CE), your foundation tour is likely to either be in support of an RAF station’s mission-critical information systems and services, or to 90 Signals Unit, our hub of excellence for Communications Information Systems – including elements that deploy bespoke communications solutions in support of exercises and overseas operations.

YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS

Within your first or second tours you will automatically 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; this may range from working within the headquarters of the RAF, or Permanent Joint Headquarters Northwood, planning and supporting overseas operations through to working in Defence Intelligence and being immersed in classified intelligence communities understanding their communication needs.  Roles also include providing RADAR systems to generate the Recognised Air Picture, which allows Air Traffic Control and Aerospace Battlespace Managers to track aircraft over the UK and areas of operation overseas, or providing platform-specific IT systems essential for the maintenance and support of our fourth and fifth generation aircraft.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Much of our in-house training is accredited and/or recognised by external awarding bodies.  For engineers, we encourage and have developed a streamline route with various Professional Engineering Institutes for those looking to obtain their Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

There are numerous opportunities for both professional and personal development throughout your career; this may be an MSc/MBA from the Defence Academy at Shrivenham, using your Standard or Enhanced Learning Credits for courses which are of benefit to the RAF, or – if your specific role requires – a year’s Master’s degree at a UK university in a specialist topic.  Furthermore, as you are promoted you will receive further leadership and management training to match your responsibilities.

COMMITMENT AND LOCATION

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.

Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises. 

You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK or Republic of Ireland citizen or Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Be between 21 and 36 years old.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK or Republic of Ireland citizen or Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Be between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

An accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an engineering or scientific subject, e.g: Electronic Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Computer Science or Physics.

Degrees must be accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs:

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); The British Computer Society (BCS); The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS); The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Degree accreditation status can be determined via the Engineering Council (UK) website www.engc.org.uk

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

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.

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 spent or unspent convictions that may be excluded from 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

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

An accredited Bachelors or Masters degree in an engineering or scientific subject, e.g: Electronic Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Computer Science or Physics.

Degrees must be accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs:

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); The British Computer Society (BCS); The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS); The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Degree accreditation status can be determined via the Engineering Council (UK) website www.engc.org.uk

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 a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test 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

18 +

18

28

32

30

16 to < 18

17

27

27

2

  • 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 spent or unspent convictions that may be excluded from 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.

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