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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

Age: 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday) Applications can be submitted from age 15 years and 9 months

You will need GCSE Grade C/4-5 or equivalent, or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 (Grade A – C) in English, Maths and an approved Science/Technology-based subject.

  • You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or dual UK/Other nationality
  • Commit to minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

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

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  • Health requirements
  • Background checks
  • Disqualifying Factors 

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Training and Career

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.

You will then go onto completing a specialist course at the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at Cosford (DSAE Cosford), near Wolverhampton, which lasts approximately 15 months. This course is designed to give you an understanding of your role as an Aircraft Avionics Technician.

Required Skills

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

Salary Range

£15,570 to £20,000 (plus the benefits)

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