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Aircraft technician

Aircraft Technicians are responsible for carrying out maintenance of the mechanical systems on the Army’s manned aircraft including Apache, Lynx and Wildcat helicopters and unmanned aircraft including Watchkeeper and Desert Hawk 3.

The maintenance of these aircraft will include inspection, fault diagnosis, repair and modification of aircraft structures, engines and mechanical systems.

Once any aircraft maintenance is complete, Aircraft Technicians have to certify their work and prepare the aircraft for flight. The ability to sustain high standards of engineering integrity whilst working under pressure and within demanding environments are essential for flight safety.

As well as the possibility of commanding a team of Aircraft Technicians, the job of an Aircraft Technician allows progression to become a REME Artificer, who is a soldier that has been selected by showing they have great potential in their command, leadership and technical skills to become a technical leader within the REME.

Successful completion of the Artificer course leads to promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant with further progression available to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1.

Aircraft technician training lasts for 36 weeks and on successful completion a soldier will gain a recognised national qualification. The course includes:

  • Theory of Flight
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Airframe Battle Damage Repair Techniques
  • Gas Turbines
  • Publications and Documentation
  • Maintenance Practical
  • Lynx Repair