Armoured Engineer

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Could you lead the way on operations, laying bridges and clearing blockades? If so, you could be an Armoured Engineer, driving powerful fighting machines.

  • £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
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed
Armoured Engineers

The vehicles are great bits of kit. I've enjoyed everything I've learned so far, and gained skills I can transfer into civilian life.

Imagine driving a huge machine that lays bridges for our soldiers. Or clearing a road blockade using another massive vehicle. Like the idea? Why not join us an Armoured Engineer? You start by training as a Combat Engineer. Then you learn to drive, run and fix the Trojan and Titan – tough machines used for building bridges, and clearing ditches and minefields. Once you’re trained, you could go all over the world. This career will also give you the chance to take qualifications, move up and train on other Armoured Vehicles. With sports and Adventurous Training too, you’ll never be bored.
Armoured Engineer is a Combat 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. More about types of roles in the Royal Engineers.

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

  • Drive/operate and maintain military engineer heavy tanks

  • Operate the BOWMAN digital communications systems

  • Clear obstacles and lay bridges

  • Access opportunities to gain additional qualifications and train on other Army vehicles

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armoured engineer

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

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

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed.

  • 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. Then it’s 16 weeks’ technical training at the Armour Centre in Bovington, Dorset, learning about the Titan, Trojan and Terrier fleet.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Cat B and H driving licence

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship (NVQ Technical Certificate and Functional Skills) in Engineering Maintenance (City and Guilds)

  • Level 3 Certificate in Military Engineering (Armoured) Titan and Trojan crew supervision (Defence Awarding Organisation)

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.

More about the joining process

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