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Weapon Technician

Weapons Technicians maintain and manage weapons and explosives used by the RAF. These include aircraft bombs, smart weapons, missiles, ammunition and individual weapons carried by personnel.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Arm aircraft with bombs, guided weapons, missiles and loading aircraft guns
  • Maintain and repair ejection seats, aircraft gun systems and missile launchers
  • Service and issue rifles, pistols, machine guns and heavier weapons like the mortars used by the RAF Regiment

Similar civilian roles include General light engineering or Electro-mechanical engineer.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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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

12 years

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates are dependent on role, rank and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military 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

622 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I've never looked back since I joined, and I don't know many people in this job who have. I’m based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where I work on the Typhoons, often loading the practice weapons they use on training sorties.

I’ve been to the Gulf twice in the last four years, doing the job for real. Everything’s a lot more urgent out there but it’s what I’m trained for and it’s the pinnacle of all the work I’ve done.’

My Day

‘First thing in the morning, we check everything over on the jets. I normally work on aircraft that have developed faults on take-off or landing, and that can add up to around 20 aircraft every day. At other times I can be involved in doing anything from removing ejection seats and cockpit canopies to fitting weapons to the aircraft.’

Adam, Weapon 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 DSAE Cosford, near Wolverhampton, which lasts about 12 months. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of your role as an RAF Armament Specialist, including the awareness of explosive safety requirements and the maintenance and repair skills of aircraft weapon systems, weapon launching systems and aircraft escape systems.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

During your specialist training you will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship, the Technical Certificate element of which is a Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and delivered entirely in training. You will be required to complete the portfolio element of the NVQ Level 3 during your first tour when you leave specialist training where on completion, you will be awarded your Advanced Apprenticeship.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills and you will develop as a technician. You may be posted to a specialist area of employment, such as bomb disposal, on an RAF Regiment squadron, or as part of an Expeditionary Armament squadron. 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 may join a flying squadron at an RAF base where you could be employed on the maintenance and repair of aircraft weapon systems and involved in storing and handling different types of weapons; you could also be responsible for fitting these weapons onto aircraft ensuring that they are fit for use. Also, you could be responsible for the care and maintenance of weapons used by your station and, which ever role you undertake, you will work alongside experienced technicians and gain exposure to more complex maintenance and repair work which will help your professional development.

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. As you gain experience and complete your NVQ Level 3, you will achieve Technician status. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection. 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 NVQs and Apprenticeships that you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. Furthermore, as an armament specialist and aircraft engineer in the RAF, the skills and qualifications you will have gained will place you in good stead for a wide range of employment fields when you leave the RAF.

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

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

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.

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

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:

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.

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

Only qualified ex-military personnel, within 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