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As a Royal Air Force Weapons Technician you will be responsible for arming our aircraft with weapons. You will also make sure all the weapons management and release systems are in full working order. Most weapons technicians spend their first tour of duty on a flying squadron helping with ground handling tasks and preparing the aircraft for the next flight, you could go on to work with ejection seats and rocket launchers, bombs and missiles or to service small arms and automatic weapons. 

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Arm aircraft with bombs, guided weapons, missiles and loading aircraft guns
  • Maintain and repair ejection seats, aircraft gun systems and missile launchers
  • Service and issue rifles, pistols, machine guns and heavier weapons like the mortars used by the RAF Regiment

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 Weapons Technician is not just an apprenticeship; we take applications up to the age of 47 for those who want a change in job into a technology role. 


Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year - £17,000+

Pay on completion of training - £20,200*

*Other conditions apply.

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 Weapons Technicians 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. The course is designed to give you a basic understanding of your role as an armament specialist and includes awareness of explosive safety requirements and the maintenance and repair skills of aircraft weapons systems, weapon launching systems and aircraft escape systems. On successful completion you will have achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Military) and will embark on an exciting and varied career! 

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

Published on 10 Jul 2020