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As a Royal Air Force Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) you will be responsible for the mechanics of the RAF’s aircraft, from the small components such as flying controls right up the whole airframe – the structure of the aircraft itself. You will also be responsible for repairing and maintaining aircraft engines and propulsion equipment.

You will firstly be trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic then you will be employed on a front line aircraft flying squadron for 2 years undertaking aircraft servicing work, preparing aircraft for flight and ensuring that they are fit to fly. You will then undertake Further Training as an Aircraft Technician in the Mechanical specialisation. 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.

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 (Mechanical) is not just an apprenticeship; we take applications up to the age of 30 for those who want a change in job into this aerospace role. 

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;


Those 15 years and 9 months can apply based on expected results with an earliest entry of 16 years of 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 (Mechanical) 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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