The Royal Navy - Air Engineer - Aviation Maintenance Mechanic (Military) Apprenticeship

Royal Navy

Hampshire, PO2 8BY

Closes on Monday 1 June

Posted on 4 June 2024


When you join the Royal Navy as an Air Engineering Technician, you’re vital to keeping our airborne missions on track. That means working with some of the most advanced aircraft on the planet, like the F35B Lightning Stealth Fighter, the Merlin Mk2 Submarine Hunter, the Merlin Mk4 Commando Helicopter or the Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter.

Annual wage
£20,400 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Aviation maintenance mechanic (level 2)
Shifts to be confirmed.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Tuesday 2 June


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

Once qualified you will be a qualified Air Engineer - Aviation Maintenance Mechanic (Military).

You’ll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond.

Training takes place in two distinct environments: at onshore training facilities and on-board operational ships.

When you join you complete 10 weeks of basic naval training, followed by six months of training at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering, focussing on:

  • Understanding basic engineering principles
  • Engineering procedures
  • Aviation safety principles
  • Aircraft systems and equipment
  • Weapons, ordnance, munitions and explosive safety
  • Learning essential skills and techniques
  • Developing the attributes and ethos required of a rating in the Fleet Air Arm

Where you’ll work

Navy Command HQ

The Admiral Sir Henry Leach Building





An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Aviation maintenance mechanic (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Comply with health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations and procedures. Identify, handle and segregate resources for reuse, recycling, and disposal.
  • Use information technology and digital systems. Comply with GDPR and cyber security.
  • Collect and use information. For example, aircraft servicing schedules, aircraft technical log.
  • Record maintenance information: paper based or electronic.
  • Communicate with colleagues verbally.
  • Communicate with colleagues non-verbally. For example, standard signals used when marshalling and handling aircraft.
  • Select and use tools and equipment.
  • Follow tool control processes and procedures including tool calibration, storage, and condition.
  • Identify, handle and store aircraft components and parts.
  • Inspect and assess condition of aircraft components and restore to former state, including reinstating access panels.
  • Use simple measuring and test equipment. For example, steel rule, and digital multimeter.
  • Follow work instructions: verbal or written.
  • Comply with statutory military or airworthiness legislation.
  • Identify and mitigate dangers within the air environment. For example, aircraft engines running, intake, and exhaust areas.
  • Identify and report on progress and issues.
  • Prepare the work area prior to the activity. For example, pre-use checks on ground support equipment (GSE), fit and remove aircraft covers, bungs or blanks.
  • Restore the work area on completion of the activity.
  • Comply with aircraft movement procedures. For example, receipt and dispatch or as a member of an aircraft movement team.
  • Replace mechanical system components. For example, engine components, hydraulic system components, air-conditioning components, or pneumatic system components.
  • Replace electrical or electronic system components. For example, electrical power distribution, aircraft lighting, communication, navigation, or cabin equipment.
  • Contribute to team tasks for aircraft maintenance. For example, on engine assemblies, landing gear assemblies, flying control surfaces, door assemblies, aircraft cabin fixtures and assemblies or avionic rack assemblies.
  • Perform aircraft pre and post flight servicing. For example, airframe and systems: (aircraft landing gear assemblies and retraction bays or aircraft wheels and tyres).
  • Perform checks and replenishments. For example, check and replenish (aircraft gaseous system, aircraft hydraulic system fluid levels, engine oil, fuel, or tyre pressures).
  • Clean and visually check aircraft transparencies.
  • Apply external electrical power to an aircraft.
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance processes.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Math and English (grade GCSE Level C/4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience

    Other requirements

    • No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness

    About this company

    The Royal Navy (RN) is responsible for the protection of British interests at home and around the World. 95% of all world trade passes through the high seas and every year Britain imports £524 billion worth of goods. The RN takes an active part in the protection of British Shipping. Around the United Kingdom the RN protects vital fishing stocks by monitoring fishing activities in our waters. We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • Training and development continue throughout your career with the Royal Navy
    • If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you could become a Commissioned Officer
    • Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks

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    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000255419.

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    Closes on Monday 1 June

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