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ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS VEHICLE & MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN ON THE JOB VEHICLE & MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN TOMAS Tomas is a SAC, working as a Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician (V&MET) at RAF Wittering As a Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician you will maintain a range of ground-based machinery, much of which is used in support of aircraft. This can include power- generating equipment for starting aircraft, haulage and lifting gear, hydraulic power rigs, air compressors, mobile air-cooling and conditioning units, fire engines and more. The work ranges from routine inspection to fault diagnosis and complete overhauls, and is based at operational flying stations. 28 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AGE 16 – 48 must attest before 48th birthday NATIONALITY You must be a citizen of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth. GUIDELINE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English, Mathematics and an approved science/technology- based subject. If you do not meet this academic standard, you may still be eligible and should discuss your application with your local AFCO. TO FIND OUT MORE SEARCH: RAF ENGINEERING “I found basic training at Halton easier than expected –  I was worried that the fitness and discipline aspects would be more rigorous. It was a relief to find the instructors were all excellent mentors and they worked hard to help in the transition to life in the RAF. “Phase 2 training was technically challenging and fast paced. It was an excellent transition to my role as a V&MET. The course content was a mix of both theoretical and practical activity and the parts I enjoyed best were the practical phases of steering, suspension, brakes and engines. “I currently live in a fully furnished modern en-suite room on the base, which is great value for money. “There’s been support both on and off base from service and civilian staff to help me complete my NVQ – required as part of my modern advanced apprenticeship. My line management are moving my work location to ensure I get the most exposure to the diverse array of equipment to help me complete the NVQ early. I’ve also gained a full large goods vehicle driving licence, which was fully funded by the RAF. “I’m excited about my future in the service, with a planned detachment to Oman – my first overseas deployment.”