Construction Materials Technician

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Take on one of the Army’s most varied jobs. Build up experience, take qualifications and choose from a range of career paths.

  • £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

I am confident that when I leave the Army, I will be able to look for jobs in many different fields.

If you want a varied job, Construction Materials Technician (CMT) is a good choice. You could be out in the field, carrying out combat engineering. Or you could work in a specialist materials testing unit – a laboratory – being sent on operations at short notice. You might inspect airfields across the world through ground investigations or work in quality control, making sure that roads are built as they should be. With this experience, plus the chance to take qualifications, you can build a great CV and an exciting future. Sports and Adventurous Training mean there are lots of challenges off duty, too.

Construction Material Technician is a Specialist 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

  • Geotechnical technician

  • Carry out site and ground investigation

  • Quality assurance

  • Quality control of construction materials including soils, aggregates and concretes

  • Laboratory testing of construction materials

  • Ground contamination surveyor

  • Geophysical surveyor

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construction material technician

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 National 5 grade A-C, in Maths, and

    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
Then it’s off 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 20 weeks. You'll learn how to carry out ground and site investigations, and test soils, concrete and other construction materials in a laboratory.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Car and HGV driving licence

  • Level 3 and Level 5 Diploma in Construction Materials Technology

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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