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AIR ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    16-36
    Nationality:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    No specific qualifications are needed
    Gender:
    Air Engineering Technicians (AETs) can be men or women

    Job description

    You are part of a highly trained team that keeps fast jets and helicopters 'fighting fit' to do essential tasks. Without you, the Royal Navy could not complete its many missions that are only possible by air - and the ever-growing number of joint land, sea and air operations.

    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 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.

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    On board

    Name: Dawn Chatterley
    Age: 25

    What is the hardest job on the Harrier?

    If an aircraft requires a new engine, it can take up to a week to remove and fit. The aircraft may also have repairs on its airframe to be rectified.

    Do you feel trusted to take responsibility?

    Definitely. If a Pilot reports a fault with the aircraft it's up to us to find the fault and rectify it before the aircraft can fly again. I check that the aircraft is safe to fly with all the relevant signatures in the aircraft's books.

    What kind of places have you been to?

    I have been to France, the Netherlands, Poland and Cyprus and worked in the United States alongside the US Marines in Yuma, Arizona.

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