Engineer Officer (AS) ADDED TO SAVED ROLES
Technical and engineering

Engineer Officer (AS)

Engineer Officers (Aerosystems) are responsible for the RAF’s modern-day fleet of fast jet, transport, rotary and intelligence aircraft – but this is much more than just repairing and maintenance. As an officer you will be manager of a team of highly trained technicians and accountable for safety-critical equipment, your role will also include overseeing staff welfare and personnel development, managing budgetary constraints, prioritising resources and task, and ultimately being entrusted with more responsibility early on in your career than you are likely to find elsewhere.

Typical roles and responsibilities include:

  • Providing engineering management for RAF aircraft maintenance 
  • Overseeing the safety of munitions and other explosive materials 
  • Setting, influencing and maintaining air-safety policy and direction
  • Working as part of a multi-organisational team providing new platforms into service or performing through-life support to existing equipment.

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.

You may also be interested in our Engineer Officer (Communications Electronics) role. We also offer sponsorship opportunities for university students, as well as places at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, for those looking to eventually become Engineer Officers in the RAF.

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Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£30,616 + Benefits

Pay during training

£25,727 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

12 years

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College - Information here.

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military commissioned personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

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 (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

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In the RAF

My Role

'I am the Junior Engineering Officer, based at RAF Waddington and soon to be working with the RAF’s newest ISTAR asset; the Rivet Joint signals intelligence platform.
My role involves working with people a lot – the work’s a variety every day but everyone is enthusiastic about their part, and together we have a big effect. I can balance working with people and using technical knowledge every day, and I have a large amount of influence and responsibility. The travel’s good fun too. As well as sponsoring my first degree, I have completed a BSc in Engineering Management using credits from the training courses I had to complete for my job, and was supported financially by the RAF as well.'

REBECCA - AEROSYSTEMS ENGINEER OFFICER

'I’m a Communications and Electronics Engineer Officer at RAF Coningsby, operating as the Manager of a team of 52 personnel supporting the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. In order for these modern aircraft platforms to operate, they require an increasingly complex suite of electronic systems to be delivered and supported, both on the Station at Coningsby, or deployed overseas on Exercise/Operations. It is these Engineering and Aircrew Mission Planning Systems and the constant electronic data requirements of the aircraft that my team look after on a 24 hour, 365 days a year basis. The people aspect can be the most rewarding of the role, with a sense of pride being shared with any successes within your Flight, and also sometimes just the rewarding aspects of helping your personnel when discussing issues going on within their career development or personal lives.'

BRAD - COMMUNICATIONS & ELECTRONICS ENGINEER OFFICER

My Day

'I come in for 0730, get an update on any issues and fire up the computer. While that’s happening I have a cup of tea in the crew room with the shift in work. I prepare for meetings, take actions from them and update the overall plans for the Engineering output. There are often queries requiring quick answers, so I often find myself discussing the workings of the navigation system, for instance, before passing the information up the chain. When I have time to I go to the gym or the mess for lunch.'

REBECCA - AEROSYSTEMS ENGINEER OFFICER


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.

BRAD - COMMUNICATIONS & ELECTRONICS ENGINEER OFFICER

Training

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Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow a challenging 24-week syllabus to develop your leadership and management skills.  The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges. You can find a breakdown of the course here.

Specialist Training

After Initial Officer Training, you will then move onto Engineer Officer Foundation Training (Aerosystems) (EOFT(AS)); this is a 24-week course at the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering (DSAE) at RAF Cosford that takes the knowledge gained from your degree and supplements it with the RAF-specific information you will require for your foundation tour and beyond. This includes topics such as:

  • Fundamentals of airframes, aerodynamics, electronics, avionics, propulsion, structures and materials 
  • Airworthiness standards and regulation 
  • Management of armaments and hazardous material 
  • Human factors and health & safety training 
  • Management training/personnel line management responsibilities 
  • Project management

Your competency and knowledge will be assessed throughout via written examinations, formal presentations, scenario-based exercises and a viva voce/oral board. EOFT(AS) is accredited in part by Lincoln University; with additional study students can obtain a BSc(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering and Airworthiness Management.

Foundation Tours

After EOFT(AS), your foundation tour is likely to include a job at a flying station in charge of a team responsible for the maintenance of equipment used in support of the aircraft; this may be the vehicles/mechanical equipment used in aircraft servicing, safely storing munitions and hazardous equipment or maybe maintaining survival equipment (e.g. emergency parachute, life rafts and survival packs).

Your Career Prospects

Within your first or second tours you will automatically be promoted to Flight Lieutenant and given extra responsibility.  Your second tour is likely to be as a Junior Engineer Officer responsible for the airworthiness of a squadron’s aircraft and a shift of technicians; further tours will be more policy-based role or involve working with other organisations in project management/technical teams.

Ongoing Development

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 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.

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.

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Spare Time
Reserve

Reserve Officer Initial Training

After basic training, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond. 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

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.

Degrees must be accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs: the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS); the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); or (for CE officers only) the British Computer Society (BCS). Degree accreditation status can be determined via the Engineering Council (UK) website www.engc.org.uk

Other engineering degrees might be accepted at the discretion of the Officers & Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC) Engineer Specialist.

Applicants must also 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.

Age:

  • 21 - 36

RAF Requirements

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:

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.

Degrees must be accredited by one or more of the 4 professional engineering institutions most closely aligned to the RAF’s needs: the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS); the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); or (for CE officers only) the British Computer Society (BCS). Degree accreditation status can be determined via the Engineering Council (UK) website www.engc.org.uk

Other engineering degrees might be accepted at the discretion of the Officers & Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC) Engineer Specialist.

Applicants must also 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.

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

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

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

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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve