Royal engineers , air con and refrigerating job , is it any good ?



I was ment to be going into the RE this September as a junior as a RE plant op mechanic however there is no longer any job for that till this time next year and because they have only just told me all the jobs in the hole army has more or less been taken up for this sept and this January so the job that i can go into is being a air con and refrigerating job and i want to know is it worth taking ? :spiderman: i will be most grateful for any reply as this is my first time on arrse ?
I wouldn't say so. If you want RE, i'm guessing it's a combat engineer you wanna be?

Also, as JE, you planned on going to Harrogate?

If you want it that bad, i'd wait it out.
What age are you just now?


Yes i wanna be a combat engineer im 16 years old and doing nothing , cant be arsed waiting a year for the job of pom in RE and my family say that this job will be a fare coushy job and also good for when/if i get out on civvie street ?
also it is winchester i will be going :L so dont no whats best for me
Ahh. Well I figure it's probs too late for getting a placement.

I'm hoping to go to Harrogate next year for Infantry.
So what I suggest, is you have a chat with your AFCO, and see if you'd be able to go to Winchester next year (If 17 and a half or under by September next year).

I mean, doing air con is a bit different from blowing shit up, eh?

Wheres the excitement that you'd want being a Combat Engineer, doing air con...?


but i will be doing combat engineering before my trade any way so i will still be blowing shit up and having a mint time ? but getting an okay job out of it plus everyone will be my best mate in afgan ;)
Kieran don't listen to ScotlandsLad, he hasn't a ******* clue what he's talking about.

I left the RE in 2005 so hopefully someone more current will be along to give you advice soon, but you wouldn't spend your entire career as "the unit aircon and fridge handyman".
I know, I know shit about RE.
Basically, if you think it's worth the wait, then wait it out.

Could be a good way to see what civvy life is like if you get a small job if your waiting.

The only thing I know about something like RE is that my dad was in the REME and was a GPMG Gunner what ever his role was haha.
Yo Kieranpaine I'm in the RE, I'd say go for it. If you join the RE you will be trained in combat engineering as is everyone in the RE regardless of trade. Infantry soldier first, combat engineer second, trade third. Lobster is right though, you won't hardly touch your trade unless your either on exercise or in a sandy place. I'd say take the air con/refrig trade and get straight into getting done with the whole training thing, it'll be worth more to you when you leave in civvi street too.
Yes, career for life, refrigeration is always needed, heat pumps (fridge in reverse) will be heating a lot of houses in the future. I know nothing about the RE, quite a lot about engineering. Grab it. Move onto other things when you've got the craft qualifications.
HVAC is a good trade to have, shame there are few opportunities in the Corps to take advantage of it. If you are mechanically minded and actually want to do your trade I would suggest asking if you could be a fitter (I think the new term for it is equipment mechanic). You can then specialise at Class 1 level so if you want to stick with engineer construction plant you go fitter equipment, if you fancy doing more mechanical engineering you can do utilities and petroleum and you also have fitter machinst. Ask the ACFO about that. As fitter is a pinch point trade I dare say there will be vacancies.
I spent 14 years in the Corps (as a POM). Take the Air Con trade it will be more use when you leave especially if you fancy moving / emigrating to Oz at a later stage in life. You are a soldier first, combat engineer second and tradesman last. You will get loads of Combat Engineering in fella. Dont foreget there are many other specialist courses you can also get on such as Para, Commando, Diver, Driver, EOD etc etc. Just get in!
Take the Air Con trade it will be more use when you leave especially if you fancy moving / emigrating to Oz at a later stage in life. Just get in!
Too right, I wish I was 17 again and had that option. This country is irrepairably fucked up. Carpe Diem.
HVAC posts are few & far between within The Corps BUT it will serve you on the outside of the green machine.
To echo what has been said, I would take the air con option over being a planty any day.

My mate, from my hometown who I went to my first posting with, joined as a fitter gen. When he got out he transferred his knowledge to air con and has a decent job now travelling to spain for a few weeks at a time earning some decent wedge. He didn't do a great deal of fitter type work when he was in, as we were fieldies, but he learned enough to get him a start and build on his knowledge and that has got him where he is now.

My old man has been a civvie planty all his life, and he told me to steer clear of it.

Fair enough it might be cushy (at times), but if you are after a cushy life then DO NOT join the RE, or any other regiment or corps for that matter.

It would seem at times that planties have a cushy life. The classic planty in his warm cab on exercise in the UK with his heaters on full tilt laughing at the fieldies, however on the flip side 18 hour days inside a red hot armoured cab in afghanistan tips the balance a bit. The planties on my last tour were threaders with plantying. No sympathy was received. You choose your trade.

To clear up what some mis-informed poster was on about before, you will go to phase 1 to do the normal basic training that all recuits go through. Then its on to phase 2 on your B3 combat engineer course. Pass this then its onto your chosen trade course at 1 RSME. Then you are posted to a unit in the field army.

Every man jack, in the engineers is a combat engineer (less officers). The sigs geeks, planties and drivers usually try and steer well clear of any combat engineering as it usually involves a bit of graft to some degree. However, whenever there is close support up and the inf want blokes with barmines, they pipe up with there claims of being combat engineers aswell. :)

Its your choice mate, but a year is a long time to wait when you are 16 and out of work. I'd snap there hand off for the ACR job, **** plantying.
I didn't start the thread but I really appreciate you all taking the time to reply to this. My son has ACR as his first job choice and is going for selection in a couple of weeks for Junior entry. It has helped to put my mind at rest. His dad who works in a similar trade and has also told him it would be a good trade to go for and you all seem to be agreeing.

He also wants to return to live in Australia in the future so it all sounds good.

thanks again.


Gingersnaps and born slippy thanks alot :) much appreciated well iv taken the job and went up scotland yesterday to re do a maths test ( T S T ) and iv passsed it so my date is november the 6th down winchester so cant wait :D !!!!!!!!! RE WOOOOOOOOOOOO

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