Job Description

As a Royal Air Force Weapons Technician you will be responsible for arming our aircraft with weapons. You will also make sure all the weapons management and release systems are in full working order. Most weapons technicians spend their first tour of duty on a flying squadron helping with ground handling tasks and preparing the aircraft for the next flight, you could go on to work with ejection seats and rocket launchers, bombs and missiles or to service small arms and automatic weapons.

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

We offer an apprenticeship with an almost guaranteed job at the end.  Throughout the apprenticeship and beyond, there are opportunities for adventurous training, sport and an excellent benefits package.  As a training provider we are rated as OFSTED Outstanding.

We also offer free medical and dental support, subsidised accommodation and catering coupled with 30 days paid holiday a year plus public holidays and much much more.  Search for “RAF Recruitment Benefits” for more info.

The RAF Weapons Technician is not just an apprenticeship; we take applications up to the age of 47 for those who want a change in job into a technology role.


  • Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year – £18,000+
  • Pay on completion of training – £21,480*

*Other conditions apply.

Qualifications you need;

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.

Joining age;


Other entry requirements;

  • You must be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality
  • Whether or not you were born in the UK, you should have resided there for 5 years immediately preceding your application


During your specialist training you will be enrolled on a Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship, the Technical Certificate element of which is a Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Military) and delivered entirely in training. You will be required to complete the portfolio element of the Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance competence qualification during your first tour when you leave specialist training and conduct an End Point Assessment to be awarded your Apprenticeship.

The course is designed to give you a basic understanding of your role as an armament specialist and includes awareness of explosive safety requirements and the maintenance and repair skills of aircraft weapons systems, weapon launching systems and aircraft escape systems.

For more information about the role and details of our application process, visit the RAF Recruitment website.