Design Draughtsman

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Be the key to successful building projects. Learn to create blueprints and gain skills and qualifications you can use in the civilian world.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs
Design Draughtsmen

I've had a fantastic journey in the Army and enjoyed learning my trade.

Roads, bridges, airports - as a Design Draughtsman in the Army, you never know what you’ll be building next. You create the blueprints that our teams have to follow, so you need to be highly skilled. Not that that'll be a problem - you’ll get the highest standard of training, covering technical drawing, IT, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and construction. What’s more, you can take qualifications to build your CV, which will be helpful if you decide to leave. Add sports, mates and travel to the mix, and you’ve got an amazing experience.
Design Draughtsman 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. 

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

  • Learn technical drawing

  • Work with professional computing and IT applications

  • Gain qualifications in civil and mechanical engineering

  • Take part in large-scale construction projects

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–C/9-5 in Maths and GCSE Grade A-C/9-4 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 14-week military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. 

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 41 weeks. Here, you learn to create detailed architectural and structural drawings.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 3 Award in 2D Computer Aided Design (City and Guilds)

  • Level 3 Diploma for Construction Draughtsman (Military Engineering)

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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