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As a Royal Air Force aircraft engineering specialist, Aircraft Technicians (Avionics) carry out maintenance and repair work on the sophisticated electronic and avionic on board RAF aircraft such as:

• Radar.
• Communication and Identification systems.
• Image and data acquisition including reconnaissance and target acquisition equipment.
• Navigation.
• Aircraft defensive aides systems.
• Weapon aiming and delivery systems.
• Aircraft flight control systems.

You will also maintain the aircraft electrical generation and distribution systems that provide power for the electronic systems on RAF aircraft. In addition, you will maintain on-board weapon management systems that allow aircrew to select, arm and release aircraft weapons. There are also opportunities to undertake instructional duties or work within a software development organisation. Furthermore, you could form part of the aircraft flight crew to provide engineering support to aircraft systems that are operated whilst in flight or to provide aircraft engineering support when the aircraft is deployed.

We offer an apprenticeship with an almost guaranteed job at the end.  Throughout the apprenticeship and beyond, there are opportunities for adventurous training, sport and an excellent benefits package.  As a training provider we are rated as Ofsted Outstanding. Our apprentices earn over twice the apprenticeship minimum wage with annual incremental rises (performance related). 

We also offer free medical and dental support, subsidised accommodation and catering coupled with 6 weeks paid holiday a year plus public holidays and much much more.  Search for "RAF Recruitment Benefits" for more info.

The RAF Aircraft Technician (Avionics) is not just an apprenticeship; we take applications up to the age of 30 for those who want a change in carrer. 

Key Facts;

Pay During Training

£15K + Benefits

Initial Pay After Training

£18.5K + Benefits

Entry Level


Qualifications you need;

Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17)or equivalent in English language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject. 

Joining age;


Other entry requirements;

You must be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality

Whether or not you were born in the UK, you should have resided there for 5 years immediately preceding your application


RAF Aircraft Technicians (Avionics) will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering during specialist training. The Apprenticeship is achieved over a period of 3 years and takes place both at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford and through practical assessment in the workplace. On successful completion technical training you will have achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Military), followed by Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance in the workplace and after completion of an end point assessment the award of the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship.

For more information about the role and details of our application process, visit the RAF Recruitment website. To be directed straight to our site Click 'Apply Now'.

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