Geographic Technician

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering
  • intelligence

Become an expert in analysing terrain to deliver mapping products, producing vital intelligence to inform commanders on the ground.

  • £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
Geographic Technician

I have represented the regiment at rugby, spent a week sailing and gained qualifications that will help in later life.

Where’s the best place to build a helicopter landing site? What’s the best route for a tank? And where would a missile do the most damage? Geographic Technicians answer all these questions and more. Trained in high-tech Geographic Information Systems, they analyse the landscape and give us vital data about it. Join us in this key role and you’ll learn to scan satellite pictures for enemy sites, make 3D models of the battlefield, plan special routes and more. Your training can take you far – within and outside the Army – plus, you’ll get to travel and do sports with mates.
Geographic Technician is a Geographic 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 to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Become an expert in positional surveying

  • Work with geographic data and satellite imagery

  • Create geographic products using advanced software

  • Deploy all over the world and advise senior commanders

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geographic technician

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
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering in Minley, Surrey, for 12 weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills, such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Next stop is the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield for your C+E (LGV) licence. Finally, you go to the Royal School of Military Survey in Hermitage in Berkshire. Over 42 weeks, you learn about GIS, geographic data, satellite imagery and terrain analysis.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Class 2 Geographic Technician - Diploma of Higher Education

  • Class 1 Geographic Technician - Batchelors of Science Degree in Military Geospatial Science

  • You can then study in your own time to gain Honours with this undergraduate degree accredited to Sheffield Hallam and funded by the Army

  • Cat B and Cat 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.

More about the joining process

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