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As an Engineer Officer (EngO) youíll receive excellent training and have the opportunity to work with only the most sophisticated technology. Depending on your qualifications and capabilities, you could go into either Aerosystems (AS) or Communications/Electronics (CE). Whichever specialisation you enter, being an EngO is about leadership and management Ė and youíll be given a lot more responsibility at an earlier age than you could ever expect as a civilian.
Aerosystems deals with the RAFís cutting edge Ė its aircraft and missiles. As an EngO (AS) you would be dealing with the weapons, avionics and propulsion systems of all kinds of aircraft, their airborne communications and the ground support that goes with them. Early in your career, you could find yourself responsible for keeping a squadron of aircraft serviceable and ready to fly.
EngOs (CE) are responsible for maintaining every form of communications link Ė a task that is vital to the effectiveness of air operations. You could find yourself supervising the maintenance of ground radar systems, or looking after the complex satellite and ground-based communications networks of the UKís air defence system. After gaining a few yearsí experience, you could even end up controlling spacecraft.
We can invest in your future by funding your studies until youíre ready to start training as an Engineer Officer
You can qualify for sponsorship to the tune of £5,500 a year through the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) if youíre studying Engineering or a related subject at Southampton or Newcastle University. In return, we ask you to become a member of the University Support Unit, spending at least 45 days a year with the RAF Ė and to join the RAF once you finish your studies.
If youíre at another university, you can apply for a University Bursary of £4,000 a year. And if youíre in the Sixth Form, you can qualify for a Sixth Form Scholarship of £2,000. In return, we ask you to become a member of the University Air Squadron (or Air Training Corps while youíre at school) and to join the RAF once you finish your studies.
As well as financial support, itís an opportunity to get first-hand experience of the challenges youíll face working with our people, technology and aircraft Ė and weíll also give you free flying lessons!
Qualifications: degree - but professional qualifications also considered. GCSE/CSEs must include English language at grade C/3 minimum or equivalent
Nationality: citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland since birth
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Foreign language skills-particularly in Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Hindi--and military experience as an officer in an operations or intelligence command is desired