Engineer Troop Officer

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Officer
  • engineering

Building bases, blowing up bridges, clearing mines: the range of challenges in this role will test your skills, but with expertise that comes from first-class training and good leadership, you’ll succeed every time.

  • £31,305The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsGCSE and UCAS points


As an Engineer Troop Officer, you’re the expert behind Army engineering projects worldwide. You could plan, lead and manage demolitions, or set up water supplies. Or you might be tasked with building runways, clearing mines, or advising friendly forces on terrain and capabilities. You learn the principles of military engineering on the Young Officers’ course, and later how to project manage a construction site. You could work in one of 15 regiments and switch between them throughout your career. You may also choose to do the Parachute Course, Commando Course or Diver Course at any point up to senior Captain.

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

  • Work with ammunition and explosives

  • Lead and manage people

  • Be involved in both general and military construction

  • Get involved in civil engineering projects

  • Learn about decision making and responsibility

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engineer officer

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 28 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    Qualifications: 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points at GCSE, (including at least grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science / foreign language).

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.07

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You’ll start your career on the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. This is for all officer cadets, regardless of the Corps that they’re hoping to join.

Step 2
You progress to the Troop Commanders' Course, which lasts for six months. This is one of the longest Young Officer Courses because of the variety of skills you’ll need for your role. You’re trained in water supply, demolitions (including live explosive training), bridge building and base construction. You also learn about reconnaissance, advising on engineering issues, and managing people and equipment. You get the chance to do the Parachute or Commando Course if  you serve with these regiments.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

  • Chartered Management Institute

  • Chartered in Institution of Royal Engineers (engineering degree not required)

  • Chartered Engineer (in varying institutions)

  • City and Guilds certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Edexel/BTEC certificate in Management Studies

  • Postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Site Safety Supervisor

  • Watermanship Safety Officer

  • Explosives Safety Officer

Pay & benefits

You'll earn £31,305 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £37,425 a year.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

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