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Defence School of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering

The Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) is part of the Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT).

DSEME, a tri-service training establishment, is located at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire and delivers technical training to Royal Marines, Soldiers and Officers, and Aviators. 

Its mission is to deliver effective technical training that is fit-for-purpose and up to date so that the nation’s Armed Forces are supported by highly skilled electronic and mechanical engineers.

The DSEME consists of 8 Training Battalion REME, 4 School of Technical Training (RAF) and the REME Arms School. Also located at MOD Lyneham is the School of Army Aeronautical Engineering (SAAE). They all deliver electronic, mechanical and specialist trade personnel, technical leaders and engineering managers to Defence.


Technical Training

After your induction training, you will complete a period of classroom-based training to provide you with the background knowledge to ensure that you will be successful in your trade followed by further practical training that is specific to your future trade. Your training will be conducted in a classroom, on demonstration pieces of equipment and in an outside ‘exercise – type’ environment.

Soldiers are assessed on their current knowledge in order to identify their level of key skills. Further training is then provided. 

Most soldiers will then attend common foundation training which lasts for six weeks.

All Electronics, Avionics and Aircraft technicians will then attend technician foundation training that lasts for seven weeks.


Military Training

Whilst the main aim of being at 8 Trg Bn REME is to conduct trade training for each individual to become qualified as a REME soldier, it is also essential that REME soldiers maintain and improve the military skills learnt during Phase 1 basic training.

The Mandatory Annual Training Tests (MATTs) are a set of training activities that have to be completed annually by every soldier and officer in the Army. 

Every soldier is required to pass a course of Basic Close Combat Skills (BCCS) which builds upon the field skills that were taught during Phase 1 training. 

All REME soldiers apart from Technical Support Specialists complete a technical training course that lasts for a relatively long period of time. 

8 Training Battalion REME

8 Trg Bn REME is the UK’s largest electronic and mechanical engineering teaching establishment. At any time there are around 1,500 soldiers at 8 Trg Bn REME undertaking career and equipment courses and gaining transferable qualifications ranging from National Vocational Qualifications to Degrees.

8 Trg Bn REME prides itself on delivering training using modern techniques and the latest learning technologies. All training activities are focused around a new e-learning system with an associated Virtual Learning Environment to enable all trainees access to any necessary teaching material 24 hours a day and from the comfort of their own surroundings.