Apprentice Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineer) - Royal Navy


Royal Navy

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Monthly wage £1,540.75
40.0 hours per week 40 Hours
duration: 12 months
start: 1 October 2019
Intermediate(level 2)
Improving Operational Performance (apprenticeship standard)
30 September 2019 (application closing date)
Starting on full pay (£18,489 on completion of initial training), you’ll have the opportunity to gain civilian qualifications, travel the world, and experience a challenging & varied career within the Royal Navy with a guaranteed job at the end of it.


  • As an Engineering Technician – Weapon Engineering, it’ll be your job to protect your ship or submarine and your crewmates from any kind of attack.
  • You’ll be part of a team maintaining and operating the ship’s complex communications, detection and weapon systems, including missiles, guns and anti-submarine torpedoes.
  • You’ll also be responsible for sophisticated electronic equipment, including active sonar to detect submarines and air and surface surveillance radar.
  • Like everyone on board, you’ll be trained to be part of a damage-control and firefighting team.
  • When you’re not at sea, you could work at a fleet maintenance unit, carrying out major repairs on other warships, or helping to plan maintenance routines for technicians throughout the Royal Navy.

There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:

• Start on a salary of over £14,900, rising to over £18,400 
on completion of your role specific training. As your 
career progresses you have the potential to earn 
in excess of £49,000 
• Potential to earn additional financial bonuses depending 
upon your role 
• Wide range of benefits including a House Purchase Scheme 
• Six weeks of paid holiday every year 
• Adventurous training – from skiing to diving, you can 
enhance your skillset in unique environments around the world 
• Free phone calls home and Internet access when you are at sea 
• Free medical and dental care 
• Access to superb sports and fitness facilities 
• Subsidised travel and accommodation 
• Excellent pension scheme 

Future Prospects

You’ll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you could have a chance to become an Engineering Officer – leading a team of skilled technicians responsible for keeping the ship and its systems seaworthy and combat-ready. Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks.

Reality Check

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh. It sounds like a ship, but in fact it’s a shore base near Plymouth. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon-handling skills you’ll learn here will stay with you right through your Royal Navy career. Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the time you join us. You can find out more about HMS Raleigh at

Skills Required

The Royal Navy will give you skills. We’ll develop your abilities, train you to be the best, show you how to achieve your goals and give you recognised qualifications.

Qualities Required

You’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and common sense. You should also have mathematical ability, communication skills and an interest in engineering systems – all of which you can develop during your training. Above all, you need to work well as part of a team.

Qualifications Required

No specific qualifications are needed for this job. However, fast-track opportunities may be available if you have GCSEs or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent or A-levels or Higher grades or equivalent.

You must be between 16 and 29 when you start training, a UK resident for at least 5 years and hold a UK passport.

Training Provided

t the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved:

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance (Performing Engineering Operations)

• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
• Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (Weapons Engineering)
• Functional Skills In maths, English and ICT at Level 1 or 2
• Employer Rights & Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

After your basic training, you’ll spend five months at the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire. Here, you’ll learn about the Royal Navy’s weapon systems, safety procedures, electrical and electronic repair techniques and the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics. You’ll also receive practical training in a range of essential tools and techniques. At the end of this course, you’ll go to sea on board a warship and start to put your training into practice, working alongside experienced members of the weapon engineering department.

Training will be a constant feature of your time with us. We’ll help you gain academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. You can also work towards NVQs and other vocational awards. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer.

About the employer

Welcome to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). Where careful planning and rigorous teamwork make sure the Royal Navy is equipped with everything it needs to be effective - no matter where in the world it deploys. Wherever. Whenever.

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