Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician ADDED TO SAVED ROLES
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Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician

Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technicians carry out repairs and adjustments on a range of land-based vehicles and equipment that support aircraft and ground operations.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Maintain aircraft ground power units that recharge the aircraft’s electrical supply
  • Test and repair airfield arrestor systems, which prevent aircraft from overshooting the runway
  • Overhaul specialist aircraft, domestic fire-fighting vehicles, refuelling bowsers and equipment reloaders

Similar civilian roles include Plant technician, Design and test technician, Mechanical engineering technician or Automotive technician.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

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Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

Minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates are dependent on role, rank and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

27 days per year for 5 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

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I’m based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland where I help ensure the smooth running of our ground-based machinery. We work on all kinds of things: engines, jacks, ladders. 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.’

My Day

‘On a typical day, I work on everything from heavy plant machinery and small jacks to any of the vehicles at the station. General Technician Mechanical is a really diverse trade.

You never stop learning in the RAF and throughout my career I’ve been encouraged to gain qualifications. I have an NVQ Level 3, and a Higher National Certificate in mechanical engineering. Even after promotion to Corporal, there are still new things to learn.’

Gary, Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Recruit training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a specialist training course at RAF St Athan, near Cardiff, which lasts approximately 14 months. 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 equipment. On successful completion of this training course, you’ll be awarded a City & Guilds Level 3 Progression Award in Mechanical Engineering and you’ll get your first posting. Your specialist training, along with experience you gain on the job, will lead to the award of an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Engineering – Maintenance, Installation and Commissioning and your Advanced Apprenticeship could be completed within three years of joining the RAF.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

Following the completion of the NVQ Level 3 in General Engineering Maintenance, Some recruits will be enrolled onto this C&G Level 3 Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair mechanical vehicle based qualification depending on the Service need. This process of completion is through Recognised Prior Learning and the completion of a workplace portfolio of evidence.

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 you’ll 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 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 be posted to an RAF station where you will work on all the 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; and you’ll also help experienced technicians carry out more complex tasks, such as engine changes and hydraulic system repairs. 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 with effect from 1 April 2015. 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.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, 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) 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 Basic Trade Training 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.

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.

Your Future Career Prospects and Progression

You will initially join the RAuxAF 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 (LAC), providing that your Basic Trade Training has commenced. The rank of Senior Aircraftman (SAC) 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 RAuxAF, your skills should mean that you are better placed to find employment.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject. If you do not hold a qualification in an approved Science or Technology-based, you can still apply as a qualified General Technician (Mechanical) provided you have the required English Language and Mathematics grades. Further information and advice will be available from your local AFCO.

A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

Age:

  • 16–30 (Must attest before 30th birthday)

RAF Requirements

*When submitting your application for this role choose 'Gen Tech M' in the Airmen category*

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:

GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject.

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

A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

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

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