Be a central part of the Royal Navy’s aviation capabilities, getting hands-on with our jets and helicopters, and making sure 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 your knowledge to find innovative solutions to complex problems, often under pressure.
Serve on board a frigate, destroyer, aircraft carrier, at a Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS), or with a frontline squadron based overseas, looking after everything from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to our Merlin helicopters.
Maintain, service and inspect the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft, working with your team before and after every flight, and operating at the highest levels of the engineering industry.
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
An Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3) in Aircraft Engineering
Opportunities open to you
You could work toward a degree like Aeronautical Engineering
Skills you'll develop
Use your natural aptitude for fixing things, on a massive scale. You’ll choose between rotary and fixed wing aircraft, developing all the specialist knowledge you need to become an engineering expert.
Learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet.
Work with interesting, sophisticated mechanical systems, like the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the Wildcat and Merlin helicopters.
Pay and benefits
A starting salary of £33,000, rising to £51,000 as your career progresses.
An excellent non-contributory pension scheme we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary.
Six weeks of paid holiday every year plus public holidays.
Free medical and dental care.
Amazing opportunities, including world travel and adventurous training for two weeks every year.
Free gym and sports, from football to kayaking to kite-surfing.
Forces Help to Buy scheme a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder.
Subsidised travel, accommodation and food.
Handy discounts with lots of top brands, from Marriott hotels to Audi cars to high street stores.
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A minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and at least one science
You need to be aged 17 to 25
You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
You must be a British or British Dual National, who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying
There are 2 options for acceptable vocational qualifications which are required in addition to the basic academic criteria above :
A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma (with a minimum of a Merit Pass) in an engineering discipline
At least 48 UCAS points in A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a STEM subject
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 system