Some of the machinery you will use will be manually operated, and other machines will be computer controlled. Your specialist skills could even be called upon to repair or manufacture non-standard parts of equipment where replacement parts are no longer available. You will learn how to use equipment such as centre lathes; machines for drilling, milling, metal cutting and forming, pipe-bending; and also various types of welding equipment, CNC lathes, Machining Centres and digitising software. With experience, and after a period of advanced training, you will handle more complex tasks.
ENGINEERING General Technician (Workshops)
As a General Technician (Workshops) you will manufacture and repair parts for aircraft, vehicles and specialist equipment. You will be working in specially equipped workshops and aircraft maintenance hangars.
Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+
Initial pay after training £18,800+
Is this for you?
- Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
- GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 (Grade A – C) in English, Maths & Science
- Be 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
- Commit to minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
- Pass the Airman Selection Test
- Pass a General Fitness Test
GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:
- Building and Problem solving
- Transport & Vehicles
Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
- Use manual and computer-operated machinery like drilling, milling, cutting and forming equipment
- Manufacture or modify aircraft parts to strict standards
- Consult with Aircraft Technicians on the best methods of component removal and fitting
WHY JOIN THE RAF?
Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.
- Rent from £75p/m
- Free gym
- Subsidised food
- Health care
- World travel
- 6 weeks holiday
TRAINING AND CAREERS
TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE
Your career will start with 10 weeks of basic recruit training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to military life. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The next step is a specialist training course at RAF St Athan, near Cardiff, which lasts roughly 15 months. You will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship and a team of RAF and civilian instructors will teach you production engineering principles. On successful completion of the training course, you will be awarded a City & Guilds Level 3 Progression Award in Engineering Fabrication and Welding before your first posting.
ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As your career progresses, you will develop your production engineering techniques and we’ll continue to train you in new skills. You will learn many processes and use a much wider range of equipment than you might come across outside the RAF. You will receive advanced training in welding, turning, milling and sheet metalwork using computer numerical controlled applications. There are also opportunities for management and leadership training; in addition, the qualifications and experience you’ll gain in your RAF career can 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 base, where you will be involved in production engineering and the repair and manufacture of equipment essential to the support of RAF activities; 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. 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.
The qualifications, experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist Workshops 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.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
Be 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
Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
Have these minimum grades:
|Mathematics||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
|English Language||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
|Science or Technology||C||Grade 4||Grade 5|
find a list of the approved subjects here
NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY
You must be 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. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.
Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance, ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years.
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|
|FEMALES - 100% pass rates:|
|AGE||2.4 Km Run||Multi-Stage Fitness Test||Press-ups||Sit-ups|
You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:
You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:
RAF MSFT: Intro
RAF MSFT: Bleep Test
You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here:
BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:
There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:
- Body Mass Index requirements:
Male and female minimum
Male and female maximum
Male maximum with additional assessment
Female maximum with additional assessment
16 to < 18
- Calculate your BMI now, click here.
- 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.
- 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
YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:
- Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
- Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for 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.
Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
- Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
- Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt