Air Conditioning Fitter

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

We need experts in air conditioning and refrigeration at Army bases all over the world. With our training, you’ll have skills for a lifelong career.

  • £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

I've worked in the sub-zero temperatures of the Antarctic and on military bases in the searing summer heat of Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Air Conditioning Fitter installs, operates and maintains a variety of industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. You'll get your car driving licence and gain a civilian qualification in commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. You'll travel all over the world, make close friends, and experience all the Adventurous Training and sport you can handle.
Air Conditioning Fitter is a Technical role in the Royal Engineers. All the Royal Engineer soldier job roles are divided into 5 groups. When you apply to the Engineers, you will apply to the trade group rather than the specific trade.

The Corps of Royal Engineers allows the Army to work all over the world, whether it's involved in active combat or disaster relief. The Corps are ‘first in’, setting up bases ready for the rest of the Army to arrive and ‘last out’, closing down patrol bases and military camps. The Corps is at the forefront in disaster-relief operations, effecting rapid repairs to damaged infrastructure in stricken areas.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Design and install air-conditioning and refrigeration systems

  • Learn commercial brazing and pipefitting

  • Work on electrical installation and fault finding

  • Develop expertise in task planning

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air conditioning and refrigeration fitter

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

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

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grade A–C/9-5 or Scottish National5 grade A-C in Maths,

    GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 or Scottish National 5 grade A-C in English Language and one other subject

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5

    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 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
You head to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley, Surrey, for 12 weeks. Here you learn military engineering skills, such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Finally, you go the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, Kent, for 43-weeks, where you learn to set up, look after and commission refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 2 Award in F Gas and ODS Regulations (City and Guilds)

  • Level 2 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning CPD Pathways (City and Guilds)

  • Cat B driving licence

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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