Royal Air Force Engineering Officer
Engineering Officers in the Royal Air Force (RAF) are responsible for the optimum performance of all RAF technology, and specialise in either Aerosystems or Communications Electronics. These officers lead teams of skilled technical personnel while also managing significant material and budgetary resources.
Typical roles and responsibilities of the two types of RAF Engineering Officer include:
Aerosystems Engineering Officer: Overseeing maintenance and responsibility for the airworthiness of our fleet of aircraft (whether it is fast jet, rotary or fixed wing/transport aircraft), managing and ensuring the serviceability of our ground servicing equipment (e.g. aircraft tows, hydraulic jacks, lifting equipment), working with Defence Contractors to provide lifecycle support/problem resolution for our aircraft and equipment or being a part of our Military Aviation Authority to set the governance and regulation by which our airfields must operate to ensure a safe working environment.
Communications Electronics Engineering Officer: Lead a team to deploy communications networks anywhere in the world to enable front-line operations and commanders to make decisions, protect the MOD’s IT networks and work with Other Government Departments to reduce the threat of cyber operations to our information, ensure the serviceability of radars and other navigational aids to enable Air Traffic Control and Air Battlespace Managers to effectively coordinate the skies over the UK and our overseas interests or work as part of the NATO Ballistic Missile Early Warning and Space Monitor system.
Regardless of which path you choose, you can expect the same benefits:
- Approx £30k pay after initial training (~£26k during training, rising to ~£40k after 3 years’ service)
- 30 days’ annual leave (+ other leave entitlements e.g. public holidays, sick leave)
- Subsidised food and accommodation
- In-service (free) medical and dental care
- Opportunities for travel and to work abroad
- Streamline initiatives to IEng and CEng status and clear career progression and advancement
- Subsidised sports and adventurous training (e.g. mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking) opportunities for personal development
- Further training opportunities and qualifications available (up to MSc/MBA-level) through multiple schemes
Golden Hello: A £10,000 joining bonus is available for graduate engineers who commence Initial Officer Training between 1 Sep 16 and 31 Aug 18. The joining bonus is paid on successful completion of Engineering Officer Foundation Training.
To be eligible for the role, you must:
- Hold, or be in your final year of, an accredited Bachelors’ or Masters’ degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject, eg: aeronautical engineering; IT/IS engineering; mechanical engineering; electrical engineering; or electronic engineering. Degrees must be accredited by the RAeS, the IMechE, the IET or the BCS (for Communications Electronics Engineering Officer only).
- Have a GCSE at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language.
- Residency: Have resided in the UK for the 5 years immediately preceding your application.
- Nationality: 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.
- Age: Be aged between 21 and 36 on entering Initial Officer Training.
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