RAF Communications Infrastructure 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)
Network cable installer (apprenticeship standard)
Digital (route)
1 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As a Communications Infrastructure Technician you will provide communication for the RAF’s digital infrastructure ecosystem by installing and maintaining essential fibre optic and data communication cables, radome structures and antenna masts working at height or in secure operation rooms.


  • Communication Infrastructure Technicians install, maintain and recover communications equipment such as antenna masts and systems, fibre optic and data cables and radome structures, all of which play a vital role in the delivery and sustainment of RAF communications
  • As a Communication Infrastructure Technician, you will be required to work at heights in excess of 100 metres on support structures such as masts and towers, so you must have a head for heights. It could be your responsibility to assist with the erection of communications masts and systems, radome installation structures or install and repair fibre optic and data communications cables in a secure operations room
  • TG4 Communications Infrastructure Technicians are the Defence Subject Matter Experts (SME) across all three Armed Services for at working at height, so you will be trained to the highest standard in the use of various types of climbing, safety and rescue equipment, as well as fall arrest systems and other personal protective equipment

Future Prospects

As a Communication Infrastructure Technician, there are various opportunities to developing your skill sets. As you undertake new roles, you will have the chance to take courses that will help you meet the challenges in your new posts, such as; CISCO networking, Certificate in Digital Applications and Project Management.

For your first assignment, you will be posted to an RAF base in the UK with experienced Communication Infrastructure Technicians, where you will be part of small teams responsible for maintaining various RAF stations communications within the UK or overseas. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills which include maintenance of aircraft ground support and navigation aids communications, fibre optics and structured cabling, radome maintenance and installations and mast and tower construction.

Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

On graduation from Basic Recruit Training, you will move to RAF Digby and attend specialist Communication Infrastructure Technician training. This 26-week course is designed to prepare you for your first assignment by giving you necessary skill sets and knowledge across all aspects of the Communication Infrastructure Technician Trade. You will study a wide range of subjects such as Antenna Theory, Installation and Maintenance practices of Communications Components, Transmission Principles of Digital Information over Networks, Working at Height and in Confined Spaces, Rescue Procedures, Health & Safety and Basic Engineering. Your trade training also incorporates a number of non-technical elements such as sport and adventurous training activities which are designed to develop self-confidence, team work, communication skills and leadership.

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About the employer

The Royal Air Force is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.

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