RAF Electrician - Level 3 Apprenticeship Engineering Technician (Mechatronics Maint Tech (Elec) - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £18,192.00 to £20,400.00
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
40 months (duration)
5 October 2021(start date)
Engineering Technician (apprenticeship standard)
5 September 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Electrician, you will maintain and repair a wide and diverse range of electrical equipment used on all RAF bases. A diverse role maintaining, repairing and modifying the electrical aspects of specialist airfield vehicles and equipment that serve aircraft whilst on the ground.


The official trade name for an RAF Electrician is General Technician Electrical who are specialist engineering technicians that repair and maintain a diverse range of electrical equipment the RAF uses in support of its aircraft and people across UK or deployed operating bases, or within specialist facilities - essential work that ensures that RAF aircraft can take off and undertake important missions.

  • You will work on a range of equipment including power generators, air conditioning units, medical and dental specialist equipment, X-ray security machines and vehicle electrical systems
  • You will be employed in specialist engineering workshops, where you will carry out equipment servicing, investigate faults and make repairs when you find them using technically advanced test equipment
  • Your expertise could also be called upon to install temporary electrical installations into mobile forward operating bases which is another vital role of the trade

Like most people in the RAF, you could move jobs every 3 – 5 years as part of your ‘through service career management’ and have the opportunity to diversify and experience a wide range of jobs and equipment (each job is known as a ‘tour’). You will be able to set preferences for the type of tour you would like to undertake and there is also the opportunity to undertake roles outside of your trade. Within your first few years, you may get the opportunity to deploy overseas in support of the RAF’s mission.

Future Prospects

After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. As you gain experience and complete your Advanced Apprenticeship, you will achieve Technician status. As you advance through the ranks, you will have the increased opportunity to lead and direct people, managing resources and manpower within your area of work to deliver the required outputs whilst maintaining and instilling the highest standards expected within the RAF.

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills, and you will develop fault diagnosis techniques. You may be posted to a specialist area of employment such as medical and dental equipment, Air Defence Radar systems or photographic equipment. There are also opportunities to gain a degree with the foundation degree BEng program in either General Engineering or Engineering Management and also opportunities for management and leadership training; in addition, the qualifications and experience you will gain in your RAF career can be used to meet the joining criteria for civilian professional associations to attain EngTech, IEng or CEng.

The qualifications, experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist Electrical Technician are recognised and are as highly regarded in civilian industry as they are in the RAF, which means that should you ever decide to pursue a career outside the RAF, you will be well placed to find employment.

Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

Your training will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

The next step is a specialist training course, currently at MOD St Athan, near Cardiff, which lasts approximately 55 weeks but will likely reduce in the future. You will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship and a team of RAF and civilian instructors will teach you electrical engineering principles. You will then put the theory into practice when learning how to service and repair a vast range of equipment. On successful completion of the training course, you will receive your first posting. The experience you gain on the job, should lead to the award of an Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Engineering Technician - Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Electrical) at the 3-year point.

Further opportunities will be available as you gain more experience and undertake different roles within your trade. Specialist courses such as temporary electrical installation design and maintenance of airfield security screening equipment are just two examples.

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