Weapon Technician - Engineering Technician Advanced Apprenticeship



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Annual wage £15,230.00 to £20,227.00
40.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts.
duration: 37 months
start: 30 April 2020
Advanced(level 3)
Engineering Technician (apprenticeship standard)
31 March 2020 (application closing date)
Weapons Technicians maintain and manage weapons and explosives used by the RAF. These include aircraft bombs, smart weapons, missiles, ammunition and individual weapons carried by personnel. We have places available on this apprenticeship throughout the year.


Typical Responsibilities:

  • Arm aircraft with bombs, guided weapons, missiles and loading aircraft guns
  • Maintain and repair ejection seats, aircraft gun systems and missile launchers
  • Service and issue rifles, pistols, machine guns and heavier weapons like the mortars used by the RAF Regiment

Similar civilian roles include General light engineering or Electro-mechanical engineer.

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. As you gain experience and complete your two Level 3 Diplomas and advanced apprenticeship, you will achieve Technician status. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection. 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. The diplomas and Apprenticeship that you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. Furthermore, as an armament specialist and aircraft engineer in the RAF, the skills and qualifications you will have gained will place you in good stead for a wide range of employment fields when you leave the RAF.

Reality Check

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria, details of which can be found on the RAF Recruitment website.

Skills Required

  • Please view the eligibility criteira on the RAF Recruitment website

Qualities Required

  • 16–48 (Must attest before 48th birthday)

Qualifications Required

  • Grade C or equivalent (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English language, mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject
  • The link to a list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found on the RAF Recruitment role page

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance
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About the employer

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

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