Draughtsman Electrical and Mechanical

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Be part of our biggest building projects. Provide the plans for electrical and mechanical systems at Army sites all over the world.

  • £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
Electrical and Mechanical Draughtsmen

It's a really worthwhile trade, and the qualifications at the end add to your feeling of achievement.

From airfields to bridges, the Army takes on all kinds of major building projects. Your job is to create diagrams of electrical and mechanical systems that may be needed by our teams. You’re trained in electrical engineering, technical drawing, IT, general construction and mechanical engineering – a great skill set that you can use in the civilian world. With the chance to get qualifications too, you can build a super CV. On top of this, you get to travel with the Army, try all kinds of sports and activities and make friends you’ll keep for life.
Draughtsman Electrical and Mechanical 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

  • Gain qualifications in electrical and mechanical engineering

  • Learn technical drawing

  • Use complex computing and IT applications

  • Take part in large-scale construction projects

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draughtsman electrical and mechanical

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 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 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 32 weeks. Here, you learn how to produce detailed electrical and mechanical drawings.

Qualifications you could get after training

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

  • Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical and Electrical 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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