In this technically demanding job, you are ultimately responsible for the people who keep the Royal Navy flying.
On an operational squadron, you’ll lead a team maintaining, updating, fitting and testing sophisticated propulsion, weapons, navigation, communications and control systems and keeping the aircraft constantly ready to fly from either ships or airfields.
You will also be responsible for maintaining the airworthiness of the aircraft you operate. You may also work in a support and acquisition role. This means you will be a project manager, putting safety management schemes in place, or buying and delivering new systems, solutions and equipment in the aerospace industry.
Whatever direction you follow, you’ll need technical expertise and acumen of the highest order and leadership skills to match. We’ll help you develop both of these throughout your career.
As well as excellent technical skills, you’ll need to develop the ability to make decisions about complex engineering problems quickly and carry out risk management while under pressure.
Lives are at stake, so you will have to be extremely safety-conscious, whatever the situation. Above all, you’ll need to be concerned with the welfare, morale, training and development of the team of skilled technicians who’ll look to you for expertise, management and leadership.
You’ll begin your career at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. You’ll spend 30 training weeks here, with the course split into three 10-week phases. These are: Military Skills, Maritime Skills and Initial Fleet Time.
The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills and the principles of command and management. You will then put these into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor. During the maritime skills phase you’ll be taught to handle small ships on the River Dart and there will be exercises to test you.
In the third phase, Initial Fleet Time, you’ll spend 10 weeks at sea, working in every department on board, learning how the ship operates and gaining first-hand experience of life in a warship.
Finally, you’ll return to BRNC for your passing out parade where your family and friends will have the opportunity to witness your joining the Royal Navy as an officer.
Your professional training will begin with 12 weeks at sea to learn the engineering principles for your job. You will then begin the 12-month systems engineering and management course at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire.
Here you’ll learn the principles of flight and get to grips with aircraft systems and components, including avionics, engines and weapon systems. You’ll practise aircraft maintenance management in a simulated squadron environment, before spending three months doing the real thing at an operational Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS). During this time, you’ll gain a detailed understanding of squadron operations and get your Certificate of Competency to be a practising Air Engineer Officer.
Our training is recognised by the RaeS, IMechE, IMarEST and IET and forms part of the Royal Navy’s streamlined route to professional registration.
You will have opportunities to study for an MSc or MA at a later stage in your career and your professional training forms part of the streamlined route to becoming a Chartered Engineer within a professional institution.
All qualifications are recognised internationally and will be highly valued by civilian employers. This will greatly improve your prospects of a second career if you decide to leave the Royal Navy.
The opportunities for promotion are excellent. You will begin your career as a Midshipman and be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant after 12 month’s service, and to Lieutenant 36 months after that. Further promotion to Lieutenant Commander and up to Admiral is on individual merit and you’ll be offered feedback, encouragement and training to help you to achieve your goals.
You will begin on an annual salary of £25,220, increasing to £30,314 on completion of your 30 weeks initial training. From then on, pay increases with rank and experience. There is an additional recruitment incentive for engineers of £27,000: £7,000 when you start your initial training, £10,000 when you complete your initial training and £10,000 when you complete your professional training.
As well as your basic salary you will receive free health and dental care, additional pay for specialist skills and when away at sea, and other allowances such as travel expenses and home-ownership schemes. You will be on an excellent, non-contributory pension scheme and get six-weeks paid leave a year.
You will join us on a 12 year initial commission and may have the opportunity to serve beyond this. As a Air Engineer Officer you will have to serve a minimum return of service of three years from completion of your training. Should you wish to leave after that point you need to give 12 months notice.
There is a lot more to joining the Royal Navy than doing a job. For a start, all our ships and shore bases have superb sports and fitness facilities. We can offer a fantastic range of sports and other activities.
You’ll also have the chance to go on adventurous training, which could be anything from a sailing expedition to mountaineering and caving to parachuting. From the moment you join, you’ll be part of a team that lives, works and relaxes together, forming friendships and experiences that can last a lifetime.
It’s a unique way of life, and the opportunities we offer will allow you to reach your career potential and enjoy the time you spend with us to the full.
Age: 17 to 30.
Qualifications: A UK recognised Bachelors degree in an engineering, maths or physics-based subject, accredited by the Engineering Council to IEng or CEng level. 180 UCAS points and five GCSEs (A* to C) or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent, which must include English and Maths.
Sex: This job is open to both men and women.
Starting salary: £25,220, increasing to £30,314 on completion of basic training.
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