Electronics Technician

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

At a glance

  • Featured
  • Soldier
  • engineering

Learn to fix electronic systems in the Army’s most advanced kit, from robots to complex weapon systems. Get great technical skills and travel worldwide.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs or equivalent qualifications
Electronic Technicians

The REME has given me an excellent career and the qualifications I've gained have set me up for a promising future.

As an Electronics Technician, you work on all kinds of kit, vehicles and weapons, including communications systems and medical equipment. You will get exceptionally well trained, completing first a basic and then an advanced apprenticeship. A degree in engineering can be obtained later in your career, as well as membership of professional institutions. You'll become an expert on the Army’s most up-to-date technology, gaining experience in electronics, lasers, robotics, thermal-imaging systems and more. You will build a career, travel the world and make friends for life.

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.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and modify a vast array of military equipment

  • Gain experience in areas including electronics, communications systems, weapons systems, radar and lasers

  • Work in a diverse range of challenging environments

  • Work on some of the most up-to-date technology fielded by the British Army

  • Promote to the rank of Lance Corporal on successful completion of your Electronics Technician training

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electronics technician

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grade A*–C/9-4, or Scottish National 5 grade A-C, in English, Science, and Higher Math.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    Army Reserve standards

    • Mid Thigh Pull: 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw: 2m 70cm

    • MSFT (beep test): Level 5 shuttle 8

    More information about the fitness test

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.

Step 2
Then it’s off to the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire. Over the next 63 weeks you will learn basic electronics which will enable you to diagnose and repair system faults. You may also be taught to drive and gain car and HGV licences.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture

  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering

  • Qualifications at different levels, in Leadership and Management

  • Opportunity to gain Car and HGV licenses

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

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.

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