RAF Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) - Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture RAF

Aircraft Technicians, Mechanical, specialise in maintaining aircraft structure, propulsion systems and associated equipment. Their work ensures the optimum flying performance of all RAF aircraft.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2018

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £14,931.00 - £18,489.00

  • Working week

    Shifts including evenings & weekends TBC

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    130 weeks

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


Typical Responsibilities:

  • Examine and maintain all mechanical, structural and electrical components
  • Ensure the high performance of engines, flying controls, and hydraulics
  • Test and repair equipment on fast jets, transport aircraft, helicopters and air-to-air refuelling aircraft

Similar civilian roles include Aircraft maintenance or Aircraft manufacturing.

Requirements and prospects

Personal qualities

Aged between 16-30. This is a legal requirment for this role within the RAF.

Qualifications required

Grade C or equivalent in English language, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject.
A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found on the RAF Recruitment website. 

Future prospects

You gain the apprenticeship as part of phase two (trade) training for the role, meaning you have a guaranteed job the moment you complete it.

The NVQs and Apprenticeships that you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. Furthermore, as an 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.

    Things to consider

    To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed on the RAF Recruitment website. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    About the employer

    Today's modern RAF is the UK's aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force. It's made up of impressive full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves who come from diverse backgrounds and work side-by-side to make a difference at home and abroad. When it comes to recruitment our focus is attracting the best personnel, and ensuring they're well taken care of during and after their service in the RAF. We offer 60+ roles ranging from drivers and photographers to engineers and nurses, but the opportunity and lifestyle that comes with joining the RAF is bigger than that. Regardless of role, gender, age, background or qualifications, we offer: World-class training and ongoing development. A highly competitive benefits package. A culture of camaraderie. Individual responsibility within a wider team of exceptional individuals. Full-time Regular and spare-time Reserve commitment levels. The ability to see and stay in touch with your friends and family, while also forging new friendships. Sporting opportunities and facilities. Top-of the line kit. The opportunity to be part of an equal opportunity organisation listed as one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

    Training provider

    NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
    Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance
    Level 2 Functional Skills in Mathematics,
    Level 2 Functional Skills in English
    Level 2 Functional Skills in Information and Communication Technology
    Employee Rights and Responsibilities
    Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

    Apprenticeship framework

    Engineering Manufacture

    Training provider


    Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


    Adam Proctor

    Employer's Application Instructions

    We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates. To find out more information and begin your application please visit the RAF Recruitment website.

    This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

    Apply now

    Closing date: 02 Oct 2018