Technical and Engineering v16 - Page 38

ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN AVIONICS Aircraft Technicians Avionics are responsible for the electronics on our aircraft, including sophisticated cockpit technology such as RADAR, communications, navigation and weapon controls. You will also maintain and repair larger systems such as flying controls and engines. Your Technician training will earn you a Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering, Level 3 Diplomas in Aviation and Aircraft Maintenance followed by the completion of your Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard in the workplace. For your first tour you will likely be posted to a flying station where, as a specialist, you will use and further develop the skills you learnt during training as you carry out more complex tasks involved with aircraft and aircraft component servicing, maintenance and repair. Your expertise will be used in the diagnosis and rectification of faults to ensure aircraft are fit to fly to meet the Station’s mission. You could also form part of the aircraft flight crew to provide engineering support to aircraft systems that are operated while in flight or to provide aircraft engineering support when the aircraft is deployed. 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, Mathematics and an approved science/technology-based subject. NATIONALITY You must be a citizen of the UK or hold a dual UK/other nationality. TO FIND OUT MORE SEARCH: RAF ENGINEERING 38 ON THE JOB AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN AVIONICS MIKE Mike is a Senior Aircraftman based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where he works with Typhoon fast jets – the RAF’s most advanced fighter aircraft. “It’s my job to maintain and prepare aircraft for flight. I service cockpit electronics, computers and databases – basically, anything that creates power. If an aircraft isn’t serviceable it doesn’t fly, which has a knock-on effect for operations. The work can be intense, especially when you have to react quickly to a sudden technical fault. But that’s part of what makes it exciting. “Working shifts means I do different jobs at different times. During the day I see pilots off on their sorties, fixing any last minute problems and providing advice. When the aircraft returns I conduct technical debriefs and fix any faults that have arisen. If I’m working nights, it mainly involves problem solving and in-depth avionics work. “I’ve had some great experiences. I’ve been to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic on a deep-sea fishing expedition. I fish regularly for the RAF in Combined Services matches and to go where you can fish for marlin, tuna and shark was special.” “THE WORK CAN BE INTENSE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE TO REACT QUICKLY TO A SUDDEN TECHNICAL FAULT. BUT THAT’S PART OF WHAT MAKES IT EXCITING”