Air Engineering Technician

Fast track role A high priority role with an accelerated joining process.
Service:Fleet Air Arm
Air engineering technician

At a glance

What you’ll do

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. You’ll carry out maintenance, as well as services and inspections, before and after each flight. The Fleet Air Arm increases our reach as an armed force, and you will have the opportunity to serve on the world's most advanced ships and aircraft carriers deploying all around the world.

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Your role

  • Be a central part of the Royal Navy’s aviation capabilities, getting hands-on with our planes and helicopters, and making sure that they can take off whenever they’re needed.
  • Develop your engineering skills and specialise in mechanical technology and avionics. You’ll need to use all of the knowledge you gain in training, to find innovative solutions to complex problems, often under pressure.
  • You will have the opportunity to serve  on the world's most advanced Frigates, Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers with new and exciting aircraft Forces.  This includes the F35B Lightning Stealth fighter at RAF Marham, the Merlin Mk2 Submarine Hunter, at RNAS Culdrose, the Merlin Mk4 Commando Helicopter and the Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter at RNAS Yeovilton.
  • Maintain, service and inspect the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft, working with your team at the highest levels of the engineering industry.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Professional qualifications in aircraft engineering, including Level 2 Aviation Maintenance Mechanic

Opportunities open to you 

  • Study for GCSEs, then A-Levels in subjects including English, Maths and Science
  • Gain specialist vocational qualifications – like Level 3 Apprenticeship Foundation Degree Modules depending on career progression
  • The potential to gain a Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering through the University of Portsmouth as you qualify for professional promotion
  • Streamlined route to registration as EngTech and IEng with a professional body

Skills you'll develop

  • As an Engineering Technician you will be embarking upon one of the country's top apprenticeship schemes
  • We need your enthusiasm to maintain and report cutting-edge equipment on our most sophisticated helicopters and fighter jets, becoming familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical, avionics and weapon systems
  • You will become a quick thinker and a problem solver who can integrate and become an essential part of the team

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You must be aged between 16 to 39
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • You must be a United Kingdom citizen or British Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • You must have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously prior to application
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology
  • A problem-solver who can work well as part of a team
  • An affinity for aircraft and avionics
  • Enthusiasm for fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical systems
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

    You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
    To prepare, you can practise the DAA

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform 

  • Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)
    This is a four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, which is a pass or fail course. This will include:  

    - Pre-Joining fitness test  
    - Swimming test  
    - Medical test  
    Start training

     Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape.

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

Once you have the essential military and maritime skills under your belt, it’s time to start your specialist training. As an Engineering Technician you will be embarking on one of the country’s top Modern Apprenticeship Schemes, beginning with six months of training Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS) at HMS Sultan part of 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