RAF- Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

RAF- Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

  • Post Date:January 6, 2017
  • Apply Before: July 6, 2018
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  • Salary Range 0- £15,000
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    Experience Graduate
Job Description

Technical and engineering

You will firstly be trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic then you will be employed on a front line aircraft flying squadron for 2 years undertaking aircraft servicing work, preparing aircraft for flight and ensuring that they are fit to fly. You will then undertake Further Training as an Aircraft Technician in the Mechanical specialisation. As an aircraft engineering specialist, Aircraft Technicians (Mechanical) carry out maintenance and repair work on the airframe and propulsion systems on RAF aircraft such as:

• Engines
• Flying controls
• Hydraulics
• Air conditioning
• Landing gear
• Fuel

If you work on our helicopters, you may also check rotor blades, rotor heads and transmission systems and be involved in the adjustment, repair or replacement of any defective parts.  All our aircraft get a full overhaul at regular intervals. When this happens, Aircraft Technicians (Mechanical) examine all the mechanical components, the structure of the aircraft, the engines and the associated electrical components that support these functions and you could examine test and repair equipment on everything from fast jets to air transport, helicopters and air to air refuelling aircraft. There are also opportunities to undertake instructional duties or expand your skills in the role of an Aircraft Ground Engineer who provide aircraft engineering support when the aircraft is deployed.

Like most people in the RAF, you will probably move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a Tour. You will normally work at a flying station – an RAF base that is home to one or more squadrons of aircraft. You will also have opportunities for travel overseas when your skills are needed to support our aircraft and equipment around the world on operations and exercises.

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.
Key Facts
Full Time
Regular
Initial pay after training
£18,305 + Benefits

Pay during training
£14,783 + Benefits

Entry level
Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment
12 Years
Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level
Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

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
RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire – Ex-Regular only.

Training

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 the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at Cosford (DSAE Cosford), near Wolverhampton, which lasts about five months. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of your role, which includes aircraft handling and safety procedures. You’ll complete this course as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic (AMM) and then get your first posting, where you will remain for about two years to gain the necessary experience needed for the technician training course.

Your First Tour as an AMM

For your first tour, you will be posted to a flying squadron where you will undertake the role of a flight line operator, ensuring that aircraft are serviced and ready to fly to meet the flying programme. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to assist the aircraft technicians and gain exposure to the technical aspects of aircraft fault diagnostics, maintenance and repair.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

You will be enrolled on an Intermediate Apprenticeship during your AMM training course and will complete an NVQ Level 2 during your employment as an AMM. Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities After your first tour as an AMM and, providing you achieve the required specialist standards, you will return to DSAE Cosford to undertake Further Training on a 14 month long technician training course. You will also be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering. On successful completion of this part of your specialist training you will be qualified as an Aircraft Technicians (Mechanical). You will be enrolled on an NVQ Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering where on successful completion of the NVQ portfolio, you will have completed all elements of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering. There are a plethora of competencies that you could acquire throughout your Service in the RAF and a wide spectrum of specialist roles such as Non-Destructive Testing or working within a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation.

Your First Tour as an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

For your first tour you will likely be posted to a flying station where, as a specialist, you will use and further develop the skills you learnt during training as you carry out more complex tasks involved with aircraft and aircraft component servicing, maintenance and repair. Your expertise will be used in the diagnosis and rectification of faults to ensure aircraft are fit to fly to meet the station’s mission.

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.

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 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.

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:
16–29 (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:

3 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject. This role requires a physics based science subject.

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

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for 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