Guide to the Royal Engineers 2016 by British Army

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opportunities the roles key to symbols find out where you could fit into the royal engineers the army’s specialist builders movers and enablers t he corps of royal engineers is home to 39 trades and specialist roles all with the same purpose – to help the units that they work with live move and fight on the battlefield if a unit needs a place to live the engineers will use their construction skills to build a base from scratch or repair an existing building when the time comes for its infantrymen to go into action the engineers accompany them clearing a path and building bridges as needed and they can help with the fighting effort by making fortifications or by using explosives to blast through enemy defences whichever role you choose you’ll get three sets of skills you’ll be a soldier and a military engineer but you’ll also receive training in one of a number of engineering trades so whether you want to be an electrician or a surveyor you’ll find out here what’s involved technical it territorial manual travel mechanical technician trades air conditioning fitter “the training is second to none. i now have a great trade behind me” lance corporal marc bloomfield 22 combat engineer and driver regular the role as an air conditioning fitter the installation and maintenance of in-service and civilian static refrigeration ventilation and air conditioning equipment is your responsibility you are likely to work on existing systems or construct and commission new ones in either permanent or temporary facilities the skills the air conditioning fitter is trained to install maintain and operate both military and civilian refrigeration and air conditioning equipment you will be trained in all aspects of refrigeration theory in the construction of cold stores and the workings of air conditioning units this will involve dealing with combinations of electrical installation work the brazing of pipes and understanding certain gases you will gain a category b driving licence electrician the role electricians are mainly concerned with electrical installation work power generation and distribution the army utilises existing facilities in the field as well as constructing modern bases you are likely to find yourself working either on established electrical installations or constructing and commissioning new ones the training covers electrical technologies electrical regulations with practical workshop skills power generation distribution and utilisation it also covers the installation and maintenance of a huge variety of wiring systems the skills your specialist training will teach you how to install and maintain wiring systems in camps and bases and will give you the skills needed to operate power generation and distribution systems you will also gain a category b driving licence get training and skills phase 1 training the aim is to give you basic soldiering skills from learning how to handle and fire a weapon to how to shine your boots and look after your kit phase 1 teaches you everything you need to know you’ll be with other new recruits and you’ll soon become part of a close team helping and supporting each other by the end of phase 1 you’re a fit fully trained soldier with loads of new mates phase 2a training – combat engineer now that you’ve mastered the basics it’s on to the engineering training first you’ll learn about combat engineering this is the name given to the set of skills that you use on operations you’ll find out how to keep units on the move by building bridges and clearing minefields as well as how to slow an enemy advance by putting obstacles in their path you’ll also learn how to prepare place and detonate explosive charges phase 2b training general fitter for the last phase of your training you learn specialist skills in your chosen trade the training is delivered by civilian experts as well as experienced soldiers so you’ll get the best of both worlds it combines theory and practice so you’ll get hands-on experience as well as trade qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers now it’s time to join your unit and use your new skills 12 driving the role as an general fitter your job will involve servicing maintaining and repairing some of the army’s huge range of mechanical equipment you will become ➤ to find out more about these jobs go to 13