General fitter

#1
Hello, just wondering if anyone here could answer a few questions as I am considering this as my first job choice. Firstly how long is the trade training and what are you required to do?

Secondly once qualified what is the general day to day life like and what tasks are you normally given?

And finally what kind of things would be useful to gain experience in before I join up?

Any answered would be greatly appreciated,

Ginge.
 
#2
I really went out on a limb here, expecting to get nowhere, but I tried this anyway

https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=en&q=royal+engineers+general+fitter

And bugger me look what popped up

http://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/role/119/?page=2

So in short you can expect to be up at 04:00 to get breakfast ready, before taking dental sick parade. A quick NAAFI break then down to the kennels to take the WRAC element for a walk before sitting down to lunch. After changing the guard for the tourists, it's off for a sit down to look for enemy positions on the photos taken this morning by the Blue Jobs. A quick turn down the CommCen will leave you feeling a little cramped, so down to Marchwood for a quick swim under the LCLs checking for nasties, then back to the cookhouse for a well deserved chilli con carne made with baked beans and horse - make sure to dash to the deserts, poke one of the cakes and claim loudly "that's mine" before returning to the end of the queue, only to find someone has had your cake away once you get to the puddings. After a quick wash, it's into the white vectra with blue lights to make sure no one is misbehaving down town. Midnight sees you back in your chariot, a happy camper with dreams of doing it all again tomorrow.

Tomorrow, you'll be greasing a CET and checking lightbulbs
 
#3
I'm sure you've checked out the site?


http://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/role/119/general-fitter/



You service, maintain and repair plant machinery, whether that's a JCB or Caterpillar excavator. You're also an expert in workshop practice, and have a sound knowledge of petrol and diesel engines, generators, pumps and transmission systems. You can earn qualifications, opening up job prospects in the Army... and the civilian world

If you want my bit, I would train as a bricky/plasterer/sparkie or chippy. Trades that are easy to cobble in at weekends (for cash when you leave) where you don't need a workshop.

My best mate is ex RE bless him, quite a nice bloke everything considered!
 
#4
Thanks for that extremely useful bit of information, you seem to have assumed that the use of google was beyond my capabilities.

I have already conducted numerous searches, without finding anything on the length of training. Also I have used this forum so I can get an honest opinion from someone doing the job itself as opposed to a generic overview.
 
#5
That was more the kind of answer I was looking for, cheers charlie4. I've looked at that page many times and part of it seems to have loaded differently so now answers most of my questions.
 
#6
I really went out on a limb here, expecting to get nowhere, but I tried this anyway

https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=en&q=royal+engineers+general+fitter

And bugger me look what popped up

http://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/role/119/?page=2

So in short you can expect to be up at 04:00 to get breakfast ready, before taking dental sick parade. A quick NAAFI break then down to the kennels to take the WRAC element for a walk before sitting down to lunch. After changing the guard for the tourists, it's off for a sit down to look for enemy positions on the photos taken this morning by the Blue Jobs. A quick turn down the CommCen will leave you feeling a little cramped, so down to Marchwood for a quick swim under the LCLs checking for nasties, then back to the cookhouse for a well deserved chilli con carne made with baked beans and horse - make sure to dash to the deserts, poke one of the cakes and claim loudly "that's mine" before returning to the end of the queue, only to find someone has had your cake away once you get to the puddings. After a quick wash, it's into the white vectra with blue lights to make sure no one is misbehaving down town. Midnight sees you back in your chariot, a happy camper with dreams of doing it all again tomorrow.

Tomorrow, you'll be greasing a CET and checking lightbulbs
Not sure the RE are issued with Vectras with Blue lights?

Please post on the "What are you drinking thread"
 
#7
Thanks for that extremely useful bit of information, you seem to have assumed that the use of google was beyond my capabilities.

I have already conducted numerous searches, without finding anything on the length of training. Also I have used this forum so I can get an honest opinion from someone doing the job itself as opposed to a generic overview.
Then lets have a look at:

... while (17-33yrs) train for 14 weeks with males located at Winchester and females at Pirbright. You will then move to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley where you will spend 9 weeks learning military engineering skills, including knots and lashings, explosive demolitions and bridge building. Your technical training will take place at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham where, as a Fitter you will spend 35 weeks learning how to repair and service petrol and diesel engines, generators and pumps.
You asked what you should try and gain experience in, so how about:

[h=4]You should like:[/h]
  • Being hands on and fixing stuff
  • Driving vehicles
  • Computing and technology
  • Working outside

[h=4]You should be interested or have experience in:[/h]
  • Vehicle / Equip Mechanic
  • Ammunition & Explosives Handling
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Driving large vehicles
  • Driving small vehicles
So, 14 weeks Basic, 9 weeks class three engr (or whatever they call it) then 35 weeks on how to mend stuff. That's how long the training is covered.

As for things you should be interested or have experience in: Being a fitter seems to be right up there, but driving and mending stuff seem to be key points as well
 
#8
Not sure the RE are issued with Vectras with Blue lights?

Please post on the "What are you drinking thread"
They tend not to cook breakfast, take sick parade, look after MWD or any of the other myriad things I listed.

Oh, hang on

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It's to do with the information he asked for being readily available, just in case this post hits the wall behind you as well
 
#9
That was more the kind of answer I was looking for, cheers charlie4. I've looked at that page many times and part of it seems to have loaded differently so now answers most of my questions.
My mate is ex brickie and his brother is ex sparkie (both RE). Consider in 3, 6 9 years when your out, any company will snap up an ex squaddie (punctuality/work ethic) qualified tradesman. Then at the weekend you pocket another £200 that the good old HMRC don't know about? Two years down the line start your own business?
My first trade, prior to joining up (Printer) couldn't do jack cos I needed a print works/press circa £150,000, as per a fitters workshop.
 
#10
They tend not to cook breakfast, take sick parade, look after MWD or any of the other myriad things I listed.

Oh, hang on

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It's to do with the information he asked for being readily available, just in case this post hits the wall behind you as well
You are either far more intelligent than me, or I am far more drunk than you? But who really cares in the general scheme of things?
 
#11
You are either far more intelligent than me, or I am far more drunk than you? But who really cares in the general scheme of things?
Well, I don't drink. Read what you will from that.
 
#12
I've looked at that page many times and part of it seems to have loaded differently so now answers most of my questions.
What an amazing coincidence. You really are a most fortunate chap that after being given a link (by twodifferent people, despite your Google Fu skills meaning you already had the page), it now tells you what you want to know whereas before the RE General Fitter page presumably had a local bus time table, or maybe a recipe on it.

Marvellous.
 
#14
I've just noticed, on the "What you can go on and become", one of the options is "Search Specialist"

Best leave that option for someone else I reckon.
 
#15
No it just didn't seem to show anything conclusive about lengths of training. I'll look to avoid being a search specialist in that case, shall leave such roles for people such as yourself.
 
#16
No it just didn't seem to show anything conclusive about lengths of training. I'll look to avoid being a search specialist in that case, shall leave such roles for people such as yourself.
Well it's there, as it is for pretty much every trade (all that I've seen, but there may well be a couple where it doesn't).
 
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