Survival Equipment Specialist - Advanced Apprenticeship at RAF

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Role May Involve:

Survival Equipment Specialist - Advanced Apprenticeship

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Test and repair cutting edge night vision devices and emergency pilot locator systems
  • Maintain anti-G force protective equipment like flying helmets for aircrew
  • Repair emergency-escape parachutes and survival packs
  • Basic engineering and maintenance practices and skills
  • Standard operating procedures are produced for survival equipment
  • Using engineering data, drawings, manuals, specifications and aircraft documentation
  • Using hand and mechanical maintenance tools and equipment
  • Specialist survival equipment maintenance skills or operations training
  • Health and safety practices and regulations relating to aviation

Similar civilian roles include Specialist equipment repair or General light engineering.

Desired skills

Please view the eligibility criteira on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

16–47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or above in English Language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 or above in English and Mathematics.

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 your skill levels, professionalism and leadership potential develop 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 your subordinates, 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 qualifications, experience and skill-sets that you develop as a specialist in SE and AEA are recognised and 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.

Things to consider

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

About the RAF

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.

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