You’ll take charge of scheduled maintenance, pre- and post-ﬂight servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm, specialising in either fast jets or one of our three main types of helicopter. At sea, you could work with Lynx or Merlin helicopters on frigates and destroyers, or the full range of helicopters and fast jets deployed on aircraft carriers. You may also serve at a Royal Naval Air Station, looking after our search-and-rescue helicopters, or the camouﬂage-painted Sea Kings, known as ‘Junglies’, that take the Royal Marines Commandos into action. All air engineering jobs are technically demanding and need knowledge, skills and teamwork of the highest order. Safety is paramount and lives may literally depend on your precision, planning and attention to detail. Keeping up to date with our rapidly changing technology means you’ll be doing further training throughout your career. This will include the chance to specialise in mechanical technology, such as airframes, engines, control and fuel systems, or avionics, including radar, communications, weapon and electronic warfare systems.
Technology is at the heart of everything We do. On both ships and submarines, the Weapon engineering department maintains the communications, radar, weapon And IT systems. As well as the missiles, torpedoes, guns and other weapons, you’ll take charge of the electronic equipment used to detect submarines and the air and surface surveillance radar that spots potentially hostile ships, missiles or aircraft. On a submarine, you could work with conventional weapons or trident missiles, the uk’s strategic nuclear deterrent. The kit you’ll be working with is very sophisticated, Often worth millions of pounds and Sometimes highly-classiﬁed. The safety of your crewmates, not to mention the Nation, will literally be in your hands.
The marine engineering department is responsible for all non-weapon-related electronics and mechanical systems. This means you’ll be working on your ship’s hull, engines, electrical, fuel, hydraulic and ﬁreﬁghting systems. You may be away from port for weeks at a time, so the workshops have everything you’ll need to repair complex parts and even make new ones if needed. On a submarine, you’ll have the extra challenge of maintaining some of the world’s most technically advanced and highly-classiﬁed nuclear reactors. You’ll also look after the vital water puriﬁcation, air-conditioning and other specialist equipment that allow your submarine to stay underwater almost indeﬁnitely. All marine engineering jobs need a high degree of technical knowledge and practical skill. You’ll need to know every nut, bolt, plate, pipe, diode, display, cog and control valve in your ship or submarine and what to do if it’s not as it should be. When the nearest source of help and spares is halfway across the world, your ability to think on your feet and come up with a solution could make all the difference.