Engineering Officer

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

At a glance

  • Officer
  • engineering

Lead a team of highly skilled and motivated soldiers as they maintain the Army's mechanical and electrical equipment, from rifle sights to helicopter engines.

  • £31,305The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsGCSE and UCAS points

The thing that attracted me to the REME was the people, The Corps was really welcoming and I felt that I would be able to use my engineering background to the greatest effect with them. I'm really able to add value here.

As a REME Officer you will lead highly skilled and qualified tradesmen both on operations and in barracks. They could be repairing Light Guns, recovering Challenger 2 Tanks, maintaining Apache helicopters or supporting the Special Forces. Every unit in the British Army needs REME personnel to repair, recover and maintain its vehicles and equipment. With 9 Regular Battalions, 3 Reserve Battalions and 42 Light Aid Detachments there are varied and frequent opportunities working anywhere in the world.

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

  • Lead and motivate high calibre, highly motivated soldiers

  • Support units by making battle-winning decisions, to keeping them moving and operating, wherever in the world they deploy.

  • Provide technical expertise, advice and assurance to unit commanders.

  • Develop your people to reach their potential and promote professional engineering.

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REME Officer

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, or equivalent qualifications, (including minimum grade C in English Language, Maths and a Science or Foreign Language).

    Graduates should ideally hold a technically focussed degree; including engineering, maths, science or computer systems. This list is not exhaustive and many others would be considered. Non-graduates must be prepared to study for an In-Service Degree in a technical subject.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.07

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Once you've passed the Army Officer Selection Board, you will start your career on the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This is for all officer cadets, regardless of the Corps that they’re hoping to join.

Step 2
Following a short introduction to the Corps and some time with your first unit, you will begin the Military Systems Engineering Course at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire. This in-depth 15-week course gives you a basic understanding of REME skills and military engineering practice to allow you to command technical soldiers both on operations and in barracks.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Chartered Engineer with Society of Operational Engineers (SOE), Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), Institute of Engineering Technology (IET or the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS))

  • Chartered Manager with Chartered Management Institute

  • MSc in Engineering and Management

  • Association of Project Managers Practitioner

  • PRINCE2 Practitioner

  • Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Pay & benefits

You'll earn £31,305 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £37,425 a year.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

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