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Job Description

As an aircraft engineering specialist, you will be trained to carry out maintenance and repair work on the sophisticated electronic and avionics onboard RAF aircraft such as radar, aircraft flight control systems, image and data acquisition and plenty more.

You will maintain the aircraft electrical generation and distribution systems that provide power for the electronic systems on RAF aircraft. On top of that, you will also maintain onboard weapon management systems that allow aircrew to select, arm and release aircraft weapons. There are also opportunities to take on instructional duties or work within a software development organisation.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Grade C/4-5 or equivalent, Maths and an approved Science/Technology-based subject
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality.
  • Be between 16 and 30 years old.

Fitness Requirements: You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. 

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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.

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • confident 
  • reliable 
  • good team player 
  • friendly 
  • cool under pressure
  • organised 

Starting Salary

£14,931 to £18,489

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