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ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST Survival Equipment Specialists look after the safety and survival equipment that aircrew depend on when they fly. You will be based on an operational flying station, usually in one of the specialist bays used by aircrew. You will be responsible for repairing and maintaining life rafts, air–sea rescue equipment, life preservers, parachutes, ejection seat components, flying helmets, oxygen masks and pressure suits. You will service equipment, repair faults, install modifications and help aircrew with their survival equipment. The training to become a Survival Equipment Specialist will earn you a Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace Engineering Survival equipment Maintenance with a Level 3 Survival Equipment Fitter Apprenticeship Standard achieved in the workplace. ON THE JOB SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST ALEX Alex is an SAC, working as a Unit SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Extraction) Assistant Maritime in the SERE Bay. “I turn around wet and dry drill equipment used to teach aircrew how to survive in the sea and on land. Once a week I spend the day in either the pool or at sea working as an assistant to Survive, Evade, 30 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AGE 16 – 48 must attest before 48th birthday 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 and Mathematics. 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. TO FIND OUT MORE SEARCH: RAF ENGINEERING Resist, Extract (SERE) instructors making sure aircrew are safe and confident while carrying out their annual SERE drills. “The best part of the job is packing large life rafts into small containers. It’s very enjoyable and physically demanding, ensuring that I use the hand skills learned in my training to the fullest. “The work-life balance is excellent. I live in my own property with my partner who I get to go home to every night. I also like to deploy with the RAF and I know, if needed, there is always someone at the end of a phone to help me and my family. “I like to keep fit so I regularly use the station swimming pool and the gym. I achieved a level 1 refereeing qualification in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which was provided by the RAF Martial Arts Association. I also compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the RAF and Combined Services, and used to be part of the RAF Coningsby Golf Society, which took me away from work every Wednesday in the summer. “The RAF has given me so much: opportunities to excel in sport, the amazing places I have travelled and the camaraderie I have with the people I work with.”