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Recovery mechanics

Recovery Mechanics have the job of racing into the field, recovering an immobilised vehicle and getting it back to somewhere safe where it can be properly fixed. All this makes them popular soldiers in the eyes of marooned vehicle crews.

Being a Recovery Mechanic is a physically arduous job, and as recovery mechanics are at the centre of the action with the armoured vehicles and infantry during operations, they also have to be quick thinkers.

First, they have to work out how to recover a vehicle that has broken down, become stuck or overturned. Then they have to put their plan into action. Recovery Mechanics use cranes, lifting gear and their training in mechanical theory to help them work out how to retrieve immobile vehicles.

As a Recovery Mechanic you’ll be taught how to estimate the amount of force required moving a vehicle that has become immobile, as well as learning to drive tracked vehicles, cut metal and use explosives.

Recovery Mechanics can expect their trade training to last around 17 weeks and receive detailed and physically demanding training in:

  • Recovery ethos 
  • Vehicle technology
  • Tracked Vehicle Driver Training
  • Special servicing techniques
  • Recovery techniques
  • Driving and familiarisation