Cyber Engineer

Royal Signals

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  • Soldier
  • engineering
  • intelligence

Install, maintain and protect complex networks to support defence communications, on and off the battlefield. Gain engineering and cyber qualifications while all the time earning.

  • £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 & 11 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs or equivalent
Cyber Engineer


You will be trained to manage, maintain, configure and deploy a wide range of Information, Communications and Technology systems, ensuring that frontline troops and commanders can communicate on operations worldwide whilst understanding the cyber threats our networks face.

You will prepare, configure, deploy and maintain operational and tactical communication systems to ensure frontline troops and their commanders can communicate on operations worldwide. You will be able to engineer a range of systems including radios, satellite systems, computer networks and mobile communications as well as support a range of software applications and ICT.

You will become experts in building telecommunications networks in fixed locations and supporting rapid reaction deployments across the world anywhere, anytime. You will install and maintain fibre optic and copper infrastructure, underground and at height, with opportunities to qualify as an Aerial Rigger. You will install communications network data centres and configure advanced telecommunications equipment.

Royal Signals

Fast moving and game changing, the Royal Signals are leaders in IT, Cyber and Telecommunications, providing battle-winning communications to every part of the Army. The Royal Signals are experts in engineering and operating systems, networks and cyber equipment.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Engineer, maintain and repair a range of communications equipment

  • Install, service and repair telecommunications data cable networks, data centres, configure switches, routers, servers and LAN access equipment

  • Get continuous personal and professional development including civilian accredited transferable qualifications

  • Learn to drive and operate military vehicles ranging from Land Rovers and HGVs to fully armoured fighting vehicles

  • Operate as a Royal Signals soldier conducting military tasks wherever UK Armed Forces are deployed

  • Learn to instruct and pass on your expert skills and knowledge

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Signaller on the radio

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE grade 4/C, Scottish National 5 grade C, or above in Maths or ICT, and

    GCSE level 3/D, Scottish National 4, or above in English,

    or RQF level 2 equivalents. 

    Security Clearance Required:
    (SC at Ph 1)

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    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 basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular adult basic training.

Step 2
This is the start of your technical training designed to introduce basic signalling and communication skills while building on your existing military skills. You will be taught basic principles and skills, such as siting, operating and talking on military radios, radio logs, map marking, working at heights, health and safety, and of course security. As your career progresses you learn how to build and configure networks, manage system problems as well as gain an understanding of field generators and security, including cyber.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Driving licences: B+E Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship or

  • Level 3 Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT

  • Level 7 PG Cert Wireless Communications

  • Certified Network Cable Installer

  • City and Guilds: 3663-03 Designing and Planning Networks, 3667-02 Fibre Optic Tech, 3667-02 SWS Structure and Cabling

  • Chartered Management Institute Level 4 Team Leading, Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring, Level 6 Leadership and Management

  • Level 4 Team Leading

  • Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring

  • Level 6 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship

  • Professional Registration with the Institute of for Engineering and  Technology at ICT Tech, IEng and CEng levels

  • Professional Registration with the British Computer Society at RIT Tech and CITP levels

  • Through life learning opportunities and education up to Masters Degree level

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. On completion of your initial trade training, your skills and level of qualifications then attract another pay increase.

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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