Technical and Engineering v16 - Page 40

ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS ON THE JOB AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN MECHANICAL GLENN AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN MECHANICAL Aircraft Technicians Mechanical maintain the mechanics of our aircraft, from the small components such as flying controls right up to the whole airframe – the structure of the aircraft itself. You will also be responsible for repairing and maintaining aircraft engines and propulsion equipment. This technician training earns you a Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering, Level 3 in Aerospace and Aviation and a Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering Survival Equipment Maintenance forming the foundation of the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard completed in the workplace. TO FIND OUT MORE SEARCH: RAF ENGINEERING 40 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 the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth. Glenn is an Aircraft Technician Mechanic and works on C-17 Globemaster Aircraft. He is stationed at RAF Brize Norton. “I started my career as an Aircraft Technical Mechanical at 1(F) Squadron at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. Once there I was introduced to the daily servicing of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and had the opportunity to put the skills I had learnt during training into practice on one of the RAF’s most sophisticated aircraft. “My time at 1(F) Squadron was an amazing experience. A five-week detachment in Malaysia experiencing the culture and foreign military working practices has so far been the highlight of my career. “Following my time at RAF Leuchars, I was posted back to DCAE Cosford to complete further training, specialising in my trade of Aircraft Technician Mechanical.   “Once I completed my training, I was then posted to 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, working on the C-17 Globemaster Aircraft. Being on such a large aircraft platform has helped me diversify my aircraft knowledge and hone my newly gained skills. This has also presented me with opportunities to travel, assisting ground engineers on the daily servicing and any rectifications required worldwide. “Every day in work is a new experience. One day I can be running engines for fault diagnosis, the next I can be inside a fuel tank making repairs. No two days are alike. “Aside from my normal duties, I’ve had the chance to carry out adventurous training activities such as mountain biking and rock climbing. Being in the military has given me these amazing experiences I doubt I would have otherwise achieved. “I’ve also had excellent opportunities to travel, visiting Malaysia, America, United Arab Emirates and Canada to name just a few. I love having a career that not only challenges me mentally but physically as well. I am looking forward to what my future in the military holds.”