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Army Career: Avionics Technician

Hi there.

Well basically, i've applied to join the Army as an avionics technician. I'm concerned though, mainly with the travel, the job itself, and actually doing it in the Army.

Would i be at a disadvantage to other avionics technicians? as in the Army i'd only be working on helicopters and not jet aircraft. are there any past/present avionics technicians in the forces who could tell me what its like once your in there?

I've already looked around on the internet, looking at job specs and reading peoples opinions (i've seen the previous post on here about this job)

hmm, i guess i'm after opinions of people who are in the know or anything else that might be of interest to me and others going for this job.

can anyone help?

Thanks!

Mick :smile:
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mick^
Hi there.

Well basically, i've applied to join the Army as an avionics technician. I'm concerned though, mainly with the travel, the job itself, and actually doing it in the Army.

Would i be at a disadvantage to other avionics technicians? as in the Army i'd only be working on helicopters and not jet aircraft. are there any past/present avionics technicians in the forces who could tell me what its like once your in there?

I've already looked around on the internet, looking at job specs and reading peoples opinions (i've seen the previous post on here about this job)

hmm, i guess i'm after opinions of people who are in the know or anything else that might be of interest to me and others going for this job.

can anyone help?

Thanks!

Mick :smile:



Hi Mick,

As an Avionics Technician in the Army you'll spend the first year or so in the classroom learning electronic engineering and more specific engineering on helicopters. From this you'll get a BTEC National Certificate, then get posted to your first unit. You'll return to do continuation training throughout your career, eventually culminating in a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering... all whilst being paid!!

The promotion is quicker than most Corps/Regiments and a damn sight faster than the equivalent job in the RAF, but yes, you will be limited to fixing helicopters. Having said that, the technology for modern helicopters is identical to that of the fast jets, and with the introduction of Apache, it's brand new stuff.

If you want any more information, go to your local AFCO and ask if they can arrange a visit to either a working unit (Wattisham and Middle Wallop are the two most likely), or to SEAE (School of Electronic and Aeronautical Engineering) in Arborfield near Reading. This is the home of REME engineering and there will be plenty of people willing to show you around.

All the best,

Jim