Graduate Opportunity

Air Engineer Officer

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What you’ll do

When you join the Royal Navy as an Air Engineer Officer, you’ll lead the people who ensure our aircraft are ready to take off at a moment’s notice. A team of highly-trained aviation engineers will look to you for advice, guidance and support on a daily basis as they tackle a range of complex problems, in challenging environments, all over the world.

You’ll use your knowledge and expertise to guarantee the safety of our pilots and the reliability of our aircraft. Without you, our planes and helicopters stay grounded, and our reach is reduced.

"It’s a challenging role and full of high pressure situations, but I know I help to keep the Royal Navy – and my team – flying, which is incredibly rewarding." - Neville, Air Engineer Officer, Engineering Branch

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Your role

  • Lead a team of specialist Air Engineering Technicians. They’ll rely on you to mentor them, and in return, you’ll get to see them develop into the engineers of the future.
  • Collaborate with fellow industry specialists to develop new aviation solutions, from concept, to testing, manufacture and application.
  • Take overall responsibility for maintaining, updating, fitting and testing our planes and helicopters, at Royal Naval Air Stations (RNAS), and on board ships all over the world.
  • Work with some of the most advanced propulsion, weapons, navigation and control systems in existence, using your in-depth knowledge to find innovative solutions, often under extreme pressure.

What you'll need


  • You’ll need to be aged between 17 and 39
  • All Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) degrees will be considered
  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 180 UCAS points
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4 (or Scottish Equivalent), including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C
  • A British/British Dual National who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying

Skills & interests

  • An ability to thrive on responsibility and lead from the front
  • Confidence making key decisions in high-pressure situations
  • A passion for cutting-edge engineering
  • An aptitude for solving problems.

What you'll get

  • A starting salary of at least £27,000, rising to around £33,000 after just two years.
  • An excellent non-contributory pension scheme – we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary.
  • A £27,000 joining bonus.
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Amazing opportunities, including world travel and adventurous training for two weeks every year.
  • Free gym and sports, from football to kayaking to kite-surfing.
  • Forces Help to Buy scheme – a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder.
  • Subsidised travel, accommodation and food.
  • Handy discounts with lots of top brands, from Marriott hotels to Audi cars and high street stores.

COVID-19 update - The Royal Navy continues to recruit throughout the period with a few amends to the usual process. We are currently not conducting any face to face interviews, medicals etc…. All this is being done through Skype, phone calls etc… If a virtual alternative is not possible then a Royal Navy Careers Advisor will contact the candidate and take them through the next steps.

Our Careers Advisors are still working and will continue to process applications for those already applied.

Naval service training continues, however, in this rapidly changing situation this may cease.


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