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As an aircraft engineering specialist, Aircraft Technicians (Mechanical) carry out maintenance and repair work on the airframe and propulsion systems on RAF aircraft such as:

  • Engines
  • Flying Controls 
  • Hydraulics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Landing Gear
  • Fuel

If you work on our helicopters, you may also check rotor blades, rotor heads and transmission systems and be involved in the adjustment, repair or replacement of any defective parts. All our aircraft get a full overhaul at regular intervals. When this happens, Aircraft Technicians (Mechanical) examine all the mechanical components, the structure of the aircraft, the engines and the associated electrical components that support these functions and you could examine test and repair equipment on everything from fast jets to air transport, helicopters and air to air refuelling aircraft. There are also opportunities to undertake instructional duties or expand your skills in the role of an Aircraft Ground Engineer who provide aircraft engineering support when the aircraft is deployed. In addition to the specialist work you will be trained to undertake aircraft servicing work, preparing aircraft for flight and ensuring that they are fit for flight.

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.  

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 (Mechanical) is not just an apprenticeship; we take applications up to the age of 47 for those who want a change in job into this aerospace role.

Averaged Minimum pay in the first year

£19,100 + Benefits (6 months at £16,840 then 6 months at £21,420)

Initial Pay After Training

£25,360 + Benefits*

*Conditions apply

Qualifications you need;

GCSE or equivalent at Grade C/4 or above in English language, Mathematics and an approved Science/Technology-based subject.

Joining age - 16-47

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 but candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered,


During your specialist training you will be enrolled on a Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship, the Technical Certificate element of which is a Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Military) and delivered entirely in training. You will be required to complete the portfolio element of the Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance competence qualification during your first tour when you leave specialist training and conduct an End Point Assessment to be awarded your Apprenticeship.

A Modern Force:

The RAF recognises the value of a person’s ability no matter their ethnicity, social background, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status/civil partnership.

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'.


United Kingdom
Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeship, Full Time, School Leaver
GCSE/GNVQ/O levels

Published on 3 Aug 2022

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