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ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN (WEAPON ENGINEERING)

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2008
    Age on entry:
    16-36
    Nationality:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    No specific qualifications are needed, but those with the aptitude to pass a modern apprenticeship or Foundation degree will be likely to progress quickly.
    Gender:
    ET(WE)s can be men or women

    Job description

    The Royal Navy is a highly flexible, modern fighting force, able to provide military force on land, at sea and in the air. To stay on top, its sophisticated communications, sensor and weapons systems have to be maintained to the highest possible standards. As an Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) - ET(WE) - that will be your job.

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

    Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) information pack
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    On board

    Name: Gareth Parsons
    Age: 32

    Did you always want to be an engineer?

    In school, I was never that great at electronics - pretty much everything I know about my job I've learned in the Royal Navy. I work on the 996 radar system, but as well as maintaining it, I have to fully understand how it's used in action.

    What do you like best about your job?

    When I actually fix something. If I come across a defect and it is quite a complicated one and I solve it, that's really good. The high point in my job is actually feeling as if I've done something worthwhile.

    Do you have to be a special sort of person to be in the Royal Navy?

    You have to be pretty dedicated to the job and want to do it. You have to have a good sense of humour too because it can get frustrating. Some of the tasks can be a bit mundane, but then you get others that are really interesting and keep you on your toes.