ENGINEERING Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As a Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician, you will keep the RAF on the move by carrying out repairs and adjustments on a range of land-based vehicles and equipment.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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Pay During Initial Training £15,670+ + Benefits

After Successful Completion Of phase Two Training £20,000+ + Benefits

Please note, when you submit your full application the role will be listed at 'General Technician Mechanical' within the online system. 

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

Please note, when you submit your full application the role will be listed at 'General Technician Mechanical' within the online system. 

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Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • 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/Tech based subject
  • 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 Fitness Test - Details below

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Travelling the world

Apprenticeships available

Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in English, Maths & Science
  • Level 3 Qualification in Light Vehicle Maintenance with relevant experience.
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Analysis and maths

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Peterborough
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain and repair aircraft support equipment like ground power and hydraulic supply units and dehumidifiers.
  • Test and repair airfield arrestor systems that prevent aircraft runway overrun.
  • Examine, maintain and repair specialist airfield support vehicles like aircraft and domestic fire-fighting vehicles, refueling bowsers and aircraft loading equipment.

As a Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician, you will work on a vast range of equipment including aircraft ground power units, airfield arrestor systems which catch aircraft from running over the runway, specialist aircraft and domestic fire fighting vehicles, aircraft refuellers, aircraft equipment loaders or RAF Regiment specialist light patrol vehicles. You will work in specialist engineering workshops, where you will carry out equipment servicing, investigate faults and make repairs when you find them. These workshops have all the latest equipment to carry out maintenance, rectification and use technically advanced test equipment for fault diagnosis and analysis of a wide range of engine management systems.

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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GARY ,Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician GARY ,Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician
I like the fact that you’re not just pigeon-holed into doing one type of work all the time. I find that really rewarding.

GARY Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician

TRAINING AND CAREERS

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with 10weeks 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.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

The next step is a specialist training course at MOD St Athan, near Cardiff, which lasts approximately 47 weeks. You will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship and a team of RAF and Civilian Instructors will teach you mechanical engineering principles. You will then put the theory into practice when learning how to service and repair airfield support vehicles and aircraft support equipment. On successful completion of this training course, you will be awarded the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical). Your specialist training, along with experience you gain on your first posting will allow you to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Maintenance, Installation and Commissioning Award and your Advanced Apprenticeship could be completed within 3 years of joining the RAF. On completion of further trade practical assessment at your new unit you will be awarded City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities exist for individuals to gain further training and qualifications in areas such as F-GAS, where they may be required to work on specialist air conditioning equipment and systems used worldwide in support of operations.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills and you will develop fault diagnosis techniques. You may be posted to a specialist area of employment, such as Air Defence Radar, Tactical Communications, Tactical Supply, or the Expeditionary Airfield Squadron where amongst other things you will build temporary engineering accommodation both in the UK and abroad. There are also opportunities to gain a degree with the foundation degree BEng program in either General Engineering or Engineering Management and also opportunities for management and leadership training; in addition, the qualifications and experience you will gain in your RAF career can be used to meet the joining criteria for civilian professional associations to attain EngTech, IEng or CEng.

YOUR FIRST TOUR

For your first tour, you will be posted to an RAF station where you will work on a wide range of airfield support equipment and specialist vehicles in the RAF inventory. You will use and further develop the skills you learnt during training as you carry out inspections and servicing. Furthermore, you will also help experienced technicians carry out more complex tasks. 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

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.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The qualifications, experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist Mechanical 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.

TRAINING AND CAREERS

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserve, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for Service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life.  As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

The next step is a specialist training course (Basic Trade Training (BTT)) at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, which lasts for one week.  The course is designed to convert you from your current role as a civilian light vehicle maintainer to a military heavy vehicle maintainer.  Following your BTT you will be required to complete the ‘Support Vehicle Maintainer Conversion’ course, which then qualifies you to maintain the RAF’s fleet of vehicles.  Further training and practical experience, combined with the completion of the Aircraft Support Equipment (ASE) workbook, will make you an assimilated Gen Tech M, meaning that your skills can be utilised across the range of vehicles and ASE, akin to your Regular counterparts.

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ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Once mobilised, during pre-deployment training you will receive the necessary instruction in order to fulfil the requirements of the position that you will be holding.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your service progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills, and you will develop fault diagnosis techniques.  You may be mobilised into specialist areas, such as Tactical Supply, Convoy Support or the Expeditionary Airfield Squadron, where you will build temporary engineering accommodation both in the UK and abroad; you could also have opportunities for management and leadership training.  The qualifications and experience you will gain as a RAF Reservist may be used to meet the joining criteria for relevant civilian professional associations.

PROGRESSION

You will initially join the RAF Reserves for a period of 12 years, with a minimum commitment of 27 days per year.  Each year’s training includes a 2-week (15 day) block for general RAF training, and at least 6 weekends (12 days) for additional training, trade training, or training exercises.

After completing one year’s service, you will be eligible for promotion to Leading Aircraftman, providing that your BTT has commenced.  The rank of Senior Aircraftman can be achieved at the 2 year point; further promotion to the rank Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.  As you gain experience and complete your Trade Training, 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 to deliver the required outputs whilst maintaining and instilling the highest standards expected within the RAF.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist Mechanical Technician are recognised and are as highly-regarded in civilian industry as they are in the RAF; if you decide to further your career outside the RAF Reserves, your skills should mean that you are better placed to find employment.

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 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)

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 between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
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

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels 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 Home Office 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.

Full details for Commonwealth applicants can be found here.

Applications from personnel who do not meet the required 3 year UK residency requirement are now closed until further notice, please continue to check the website for further updates.  If you have previous service and are applying to rejoin the Royal Air Force, or meet the UK residency requirements for service, please call 0345 605 5555 and ask to speak to a RAF Recruitment Specialist.

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 at least two separate fitness tests as part of the application process.

The first of these is the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) which takes place at a fitness centre local to you. This consists of the following:

  • 2.4km (1.5m) run on a treadmill (set to zero incline)
  • Achieve the required number of press-ups - within 60 seconds
  • Achieve the required number of sit-ups - within 60 seconds

The second fitness test will take place at RAF Halton as part of your three-day Pre-Recruit Familiarization Visit (PRFV). This consists of the following:

  • Achieving the required score on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT or Bleep test)
  • Achieve the required number of press-ups - within 60 seconds
  • Achieve the required number of sit-ups - within 60 seconds

How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender. The requirements are listed on the charts below (Male and Female).

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 9.10 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
45-47 12.54 7.07 16 23

 

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
45-47 15.19 5.04 6 20

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRFV Protocols

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 PRFV Fitness Test here:

RAF PRFV Fitness Test

A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.

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 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

Beard Policy: A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm). The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
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

Level 3 Qualification in Light Vehicle Maintenance with relevant experience.

If you do not hold a qualification in an approved Science or Technology-based subject, you can still apply as a qualified General Technician Mechanical provided you have the required Level 3 in Light Vehicle Maintenance, English Language and Mathematics grades.

Further information and advice is available from your local AFCO or RAuxAF Squadron.

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.

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 at least two separate fitness tests as part of the application process.

The first of these is the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) which takes place at a fitness centre local to you. This consists of the following:

  • 2.4km (1.5m) run on a treadmill (set to zero incline)
  • Achieve the required number of press-ups - within 60 seconds
  • Achieve the required number of sit-ups - within 60 seconds

How fit you need to be to pass the test can vary depending on role, age and gender. The requirements are listed on the charts below (Male and Female).

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 20 35
17-29 11.11 20 35
30-34 11.36 19 32
35-39 12 18 29
40-44 12.26 17 26
45-47 12.54 16 23

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 10 32
17-29 13.23 10 32
30-34 13.47 9 29
35-39 14.13 8 26
40-44 14.48 7 23
45-47 15.19 6 20

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRTC Protocols

A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.

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 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

Beard Policy: A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm). The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

Please note, when you submit your full application the role will be listed at 'General Technician Mechanical' within the online system. 

Apply as a Regular

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here.

Please note, when you submit your full application the role will be listed at 'General Technician Mechanical' within the online system. 

 

Apply as a Reserve