The British Army's Military Engineers

65 Works Group (Reserves)

Professionals Making A Difference

Our nationally recruited Army Reserves provide a specialist infrastructure capability to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and international organisations in both peacetime and on operations.

Facts and Figures


Active From




Combat Support



Infrastructure Support

Our Skills

As a specialist unit, we provide an infrastructure capability in support of 170 (Infra Support) Engineer Group. The engineer specialisms include Fuel, Ports, Water, Rail, Power and Works.

We comprise of:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Draughtsmen
  • Quality Surveying and many more engineering related skills


Current Deployments

Operation TRENTON

Providing engineering and infrastructure support to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Previous Deployments

  • British Virgin Islands - Operation RUMAN
  • Sierra Leone (Ebola Crisis) - Operation GRITROCK

Our People

Our Specialist Engineer Reserves bring their civilian skills and experience to the heart of Military Engineering and Infrastructure projects.

In return 65 Works Group offers:

Leadership and life skills that are transferable into civilian life. An opportunity to work closely with the Regular Army as part of an integrated force.

Challenge, new friends, adventurous training and sport. An annual commitment of 19 days' paid training and the opportunity to do more.

Our Location

The works group is based in Chetwynd Barracks Nottingham. However, as a nationally recruited Army Reserve unit, there will be opportunities to train at a variety of locations within the United Kingdom. In addition, there will also be opportunities to conduct annual overs training. Recent Exercises have included Singapore, Latvia, Cyprus and Gibraltar.

Chetwynd Barracks
0115 957 2170

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Life in the Army

I enjoy working in a close team! Sapper Garmin, 24

Life in the Army

65 Works Group Royal Engineers provides the Army Reserve critical Infrastructure capability within 170 (Infra Support) Engineer Group and has significant utility across Defence and wider government.

Comprising of Headquarters, Support Elements and six Specialist Teams Royal Engineer (STRE) supporting UK and overseas Defence Commitments, including support to Operations.

Our highly specialised people and teams bring their civilian engineering skills to the forefront of Military Engineering, often in the most demanding of conditions.

65 Works Group Timeline

170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group was formed in 2005 with the amalgamation of Military Works Force and Military Works Force (Volunteers). Comprising of 5 Separate Works Groups made up of both Regular and Reserve personnel. It is the Army's Specialist Infrastructure Engineer formation.

  1. 1986

    MWF moves to Chetwynd Barracks

  2. 2005

    Reformed into 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group

  3. 2014

    Assistance to Op GRITROCK, construction of hospitals to deal with the Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone

  4. 2017

    Support to Op RUMAN, to assist with the rebuilding of key infrastructure after Hurricane Irma


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