Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering
  • logistics

Tanks, helicopters, generators –As an Army metalsmith you will make repairs and fabricate, to put heavy vehicles and machinery back on the battlefield.

  • £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

As a Metalsmith I don't spend my time worrying about engineering problems, I spend my time manufacturing engineering solutions.

Metalsmiths use their trade, day in, day out, to repair everything from tanks, to boats and generators. You'll be a highly trained welder, sheet metal worker and blacksmith - ready to get dirty and work carefully, even in tough conditions. You'll travel the world, working independently and in small teams to keep the Army's vehicles fighting.

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

  • Learn how to repair and modify on a wide range of equipment as a welder, sheet metal worker and blacksmith

  • Use Oxy Acetylene, Manual Metal Arc, Metal Arc Inert Gas and Tungsten Arc Inert Gas specialist welding equipment

  • Learn to work under tough conditions in hostile territory

  • Provide operational support to the units you work with

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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 4, 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

Step 1
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 basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular adult basic training.

Step 2
You head to the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at MOD Lyneham, Wiltshire. Over the next 51 weeks you will learn how to fabricate and weld metals. You may also be taught to drive to gain car and HGV licences.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Completing first a basic, then an advanced apprenticeship, gaining NVQ levels 2 and 3 in engineering and qualifications in all major welding techniques.

  • Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance

  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance

  • Qualifications in leadership and management

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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