At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

You’re at the heart of Army building projects. Once trained, you work on sites all over the world and get to build your qualifications too.

  • £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
Army surveyor

I am currently doing my Class Two Surveyor Engineer course. Instruction on the course has been excellent.

In the Army, we have all kinds of building projects – new bases, runways and more. As a Surveyor, you’ll use the latest technology to map out the construction site and create designs before building work starts. You make sure that everything is set out correctly and that the structure is the same as the plans. It's a responsible job that calls for pinpoint accuracy – so you’ll get first-class training. You learn about technical drawing, surveying, IT and more. With this knowledge plus a good eye for detail, you’ll travel the world, working on all sorts of projects and making great mates.
Surveyor 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

  • Become a competent land and hydro-graphic surveyor

  • Qualify as a surveyor

  • Work with the latest computing and IT equipment

  • Study civil and site engineering

  • Work on military projects all over the world

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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 Regiment near Camberley 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 for 27 weeks. Here, you learn to produce survey plans and set out lines and levels.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Survey (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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