Electrician-Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Army Electricians are fully qualified and work all over the world. Join us and you’ll be trained to tackle any project, anywhere.

  • £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

You cover a wide range of subjects that allow you to be proficient with both civilian and military equipment.

Could you set up electricity at a base, out in the field? Or get emergency power up and running in a blackout? These are the kinds of tasks you’ll handle as an Army Electrician. With our first-class training, you’ll soon become qualified. You’ll learn about electrical engineering, low voltage underground cables, alarms and power generators. You can also get trade qualifications and your driving licence. This can open up other jobs in the Army and the civilian world. Wherever you’re based – in the UK or abroad – you’ll have good mates around you and an exciting, active life.
Electrician 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. 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

  • Learn the principles of electrical engineering

  • Work on single and three-phase electrical installations

  • Install low-voltage underground cables

  • Install intruder and fire alarm systems

  • Operate power-generation equipment

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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 4 grade A-C, in English Lang, 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 33 weeks where you learn about wiring systems, electrical technology and power generation.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 3 Award in The Requirements For Electrical Installations BS 7671:2008 (2015) (17th Edition) (City and Guilds)

  • Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Electrotechnical Studies and Practice (Military Engineering)

  • Level 3 Award in Initial and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations (City and Guilds)

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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