General Fitter

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Get the skills for a great career within the Army or the civilian world. Travel, meet new people and try new activities – sky-diving, for example.

  • £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


What does a Fitter do? In the Army, you service nearly all our vehicles and equipment. That means you could be sent anywhere in the world. First-class training teaches you about construction methods, health and safety, and working from engineers’ drawings. You become an expert in bench fitting, fabrication for petrol and diesel engines, mobile generators, transmissions and hydraulic systems. Plus, you can get qualifications and build skills for your future career. On top of all that, you’ll have an active Army life, full of sports, adventure and friends.
General Fitter 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. 

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

  • Service engines on a variety of vehicles

  • Be part of large-scale engineer construction

  • Work on plant mechanics

  • Earn qualifications in mechanical engineering

  • Deploy all over the world

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general fitter

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grade A–D/9-4, or Scottish National 5 grade A-D, in Maths, 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. You’ll get your driving licence too, if you don’t have this already. Finally, you go the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, Kent, for 41 weeks. Here, you learn about petrol and diesel engines, generators and pumps.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) – (City and Guilds)

  • Cat B, C+E driving licence

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.

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