RAF Air & Space Operations Specialist - Aerospace Systems - Lvl 3 Digital Support Technician - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,670.00 to £53,197.00
37.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00
104 weeks (duration)
2 December 2020(start date)
Digital support technician (apprenticeship standard)
Digital (route)
1 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Air & Space Operations Specialist (Aerospace Systems) you’ll be an integral part of our Air and Space Operations teams utilising modern RADAR, tactical data links, communications and IT systems. You will contribute to the RAF’s counter air terrorism, missile warning and space surveillance missions.


  • As an Air & Space Operations Specialist (Aerospace Systems) you are the eyes and ears of the RAF. You will play a vital part in UK homeland defence, contribute to the security of UK overseas territories and UK Armed Forces serving abroad and be a part of the UK Government’s mission to act as a force for good throughout the world
  • Throughout your career you will operate from a hardened Command and Control Centre; a deployed Command and Control Radar Unit, working and living in field conditions both in the UK and overseas; a missile warning/space surveillance radar unit; RAF Main Operating Bases and Royal Navy (RN) Air Defence ships
  • You will assist in the direction of fighter, ground attack, surveillance and refuelling aircraft operating to maintain control of the air. In the Space environment, you will help provide a 24-hour Ballistic Missile Early Warning and Space Surveillance service to UK and US senior leadership
  • You may also have the opportunity to work with Data Links and Electronic Warfare units
  • Throughout your career you may be required to serve overseas on a detachment as part of your role for a number of months, or as a full-time posting to certain locations working alongside other services and nations
  • Your duties will be similar to those at your home station, but will be more demanding in an operational environment

Future Prospects

As your skills, experience and time in service grow, you could serve in broader trade and wider RAF roles including:

  • Missile Warning and Space duties or overseas in locations such as Falklands, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Spain and the USA.
  • Serve as an Air & Space Operations Manager working in the management of personnel, systems and information with a 3-5yr assignment duration.
  • Trade/recruit instructor or recruiting duties – 3yr fixed assignment

This is likely to be in an airspace monitoring role at the Control and Reporting Centre at RAF Boulmer or on the mobile radar unit, No 1 Air Control Centre based at RAF Scampton. You may later be selected to be employed with 49 Battery, attached to 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, assisting in the provision of an air situational awareness to the Army. Alternatively, a post on 54Sqn at RAF Waddington would see you supporting the training of E3-D Mission Crews, Electronic Warfare Operator at RAF Spadeadam or as a Space Surveillance Operator at RAF Fylingdales. In all cases you will utilise communication equipment to liaise with air, land or maritime units. All first tours are for a minimum of 3 years.

Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

After your phase one training you will then complete an 8-week Aerospace Systems Specialist Course at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. Here you will learn about:

  • Modern Air Battle Management and its development from the proud legacy of the Battle of Britain.
  • The interpretation and operation of complex radar systems.
  • Data Links and communication networks: how they work and are used to communicate with aircraft, RN ships and ground stations.
  • Missile Warning and Space Surveillance.
  • Joint Land and Maritime operations.
  • The capabilities of aircraft and weapons systems currently operated by the RAF and its allies.
  • You will be trained and examined in a simulated and/or live operational environment.
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