POAEA(M) Charlie Cole

Engineering by its very nature allows me to be creative, question, explore, invent, discover, and create. I enjoy the problem solving that engineering presents, along with being able to question various concepts and logically devise solutions to complex issues.

After already deciding on a career in Engineering and possessing an interest in aviation, I believed in combining the two and joining the Royal Navy as an Air Engineering Technician.  The Royal Navy allows me to tackle a range of complex problems, in challenging environments, all over the world. I am part of a team of engineers that is responsible for maintaining the airworthiness and operational capability of a variety of aircraft and aircraft operating equipment across multiple platforms.

The best part of my job is the amount of diverse engineering roles you can be employed in. Currently I am serving on 1710 NAS which is a support organisation based in HM Naval Base Portsmouth that is tasked with the recovery, repair, modification and scientific support of UK military aviation. Here my roles include ensuring the timely and efficient production of fabricated parts for inclusion in Trial Installations (TIs) Proof Installations (PI’s) and batch production of Service Modifications (SM).

Engineering in the RN is an excellent choice as the qualifications you acquire are fully transferrable onto Civvy street. It is a highly rewarding job supplying immense job satisfaction. The challenges differ from day to day so every day is unique and never dull. The skills developed from being employed in the military means you’ll be highly sought after if you decide to return to civilian life.

The future is bright reference engineering in the RN. This is down to the exciting launch of the state of the art F35 Lightning II, which will provide the ultimate punch of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, also due in service.

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