Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
At a glance
Make electronic repairs and maintain systems on Army aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
- £16,844The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
- £21,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
- AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
This is such a rewarding job, maintaining some of the most high-tech equipment in the Army. I felt a sense of responsibility from the get-go.
Army helicopters are maintained and repaired by teams of highly skilled specialists. As an Avionics Technician you'll be trained to work on complex navigation, communication and flight controls, as well as some weapons systems. You'll travel all over the world with your unit, servicing Army aircraft on operations and exercises, earning highly valuable civilian qualifications, and enjoying sport and Adventurous Training.
The Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) provides engineering support to maintain and repair the vast array of British Army equipment. They will be found wherever the Army is operating, at home or overseas. The technical training our soldiers’ receive gives them the confidence to tackle any engineering problem. We are professional, resourceful and resilient, and we strive to keep fit equipment in the hands of the user; to keep the punch in the Army’s fist.
Maintain technically challenging electrical and avionic systems
Sustain high standards of engineering integrity in a demanding environment
Work under supervision until you’ve gained enough experience to become self-supervising
Get posted wherever the British Army has aircraft
Promote to the rank of Lance Corporal on successful completion of your trade training
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Regular (full time)
From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months years
GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and Science
Basic physical fitness assessment:
Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3m
MSFT (beep test) level 6.6
Training for the role
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Next you'll attend the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire. Over the next 82 weeks, you learn how to fix aircraft including their navigating systems, radar, communications, weapons and counter-missile systems. You also learn to drive various Army vehicles and gain licences.
Qualifications you could get after training
Level 2 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture
Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Electronic Systems Engineering
Qualifications at different levels, in Leadership and Management
Opportunity to gain Car and HGV licenses
Pay & benefits
Earn £16,844 during training. When you have completed 26 week’s service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first, your pay will rise to £21,425.
How to Apply
Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.