Signals Advice Please

#1
I thought I had came up with my final decision for my job choice, but have recently rekindled my interest with computers.

So, I've had a little shift around and decided on the Sigs.

I've read all they have to offer at armyjobs and sent for a pack, but no nearer on what trade. So far I've come up with...

Electronic Warfare Systems Operator
Systems Engineer Technician
Communication Systems Operator
Installation Technician

I'm half way through an ECDL course and well on my way to Module 7, would this help towards me being employed with the Sigs? I see you do gain it via the trade training, so It could'nt hurt me. Realistically, what else would put me in good stead of being accepted?
 
#2
I'd suggest you look at the Information Systems Engineer trade a bit closer first. But here's my tuppence worth on the others based on your rekindled interest in computers:

EW Sys Op - Don't bother.

Sys Tech Eng - Merging with IS Eng in April 08 to form the all encompassing Communication Systems Engineer. This will involve (eventually) playing with/ fixing/ maintaining everything from computers to radios and telephony systems. Hope you're good at maths...

CS Op - Hmm... stick with it and you'll end up with a good working knowledge of different comms systems, but not very computery (is that a word? It is now, I've decided).

Inst Tech - Pretty good trade, now they've sorted out the postings and stopped career fouling everybody. Though the closest you'll get to a computer is re-heading a network cable that some piss stained binman has accidently ripped out. Again.

Your best bet is to phone/ call in to a careers office and ask for the most up to date information about the Information Systems Engineer trade, and mention what I said above about the merger with Sys Eng Tech. Hope this helps.
 
#3
Thanks for that. Will defo follow those up. But any advice on the ECDL and what else would benefit me?
 
#4
Go for Information Systems Engineer, or wait until April and go for Communications Systems Engineer. You need to have 5 GCSEs at C or above, including maths & english I think. You also can't be colourblind. If you have ECDL then fair play but it's a compulsory part of basic training anyway, as is the City & Guilds Level 2 in ICT.

Good luck.
 
#5
PoisonDwarf said:
Go for Information Systems Engineer, or wait until April and go for Communications Systems Engineer. You need to have 5 GCSEs at C or above, including maths & english I think. You also can't be colourblind. If you have ECDL then fair play but it's a compulsory part of basic training anyway, as is the City & Guilds Level 2 in ICT.

Good luck.
PD another unbiased assessment!!! :wink:
 
#6
PoisonDwarf said:
Go for Information Systems Engineer, or wait until April and go for Communications Systems Engineer. You need to have 5 GCSEs at C or above, including maths & english I think. You also can't be colourblind. If you have ECDL then fair play but it's a compulsory part of basic training anyway, as is the City & Guilds Level 2 in ICT.

Good luck.
Everyone is colour blind to some degree. It is the level you are that can disqualify you, normally CP3 and below.
 
#7
Redshaggydog said:
PoisonDwarf said:
Go for Information Systems Engineer, or wait until April and go for Communications Systems Engineer. You need to have 5 GCSEs at C or above, including maths & english I think. You also can't be colourblind. If you have ECDL then fair play but it's a compulsory part of basic training anyway, as is the City & Guilds Level 2 in ICT.

Good luck.
Everyone is colour blind to some degree. It is the level you are that can disqualify you, normally CP3 and below.


That's me buggered then!!
 
#8
Not sure how PD got in, he is definately CP 4. Total Rose tint to his view on Labour so must be!
 
#11
soDark6 said:
BinaryWarfare said:
EW Sys Op - Don't bother.
So what is wrong with this trade out of interest ?
I would have thought that with Project Soothsayer
coming up it would be an exciting time to be in EW.
I'm a tech currently working in the EW world.

Having worked with and seen some of the more diverse roles fullfilled by the EW Op if I was to do it all again I would sure as hell reconsider.

That may be due to the job I joined up to do has changed so much and not quite what I had in mind. Being a jack of all things technical and master of none kind of thing.
 
#12
timebandit said:
PD another unbiased assessment!!! :wink:
The lad was on about computers, so it was a no-brainer. A bit like me. :p

Redshaggydog said:
Not sure how PD got in, he is definately CP 4. Total Rose tint to his view on Labour so must be!
That's slanderous filth, you capitalist pig-dog! (er...wait a minute)
 
#13
soDark6 said:
BinaryWarfare said:
EW Sys Op - Don't bother.
So what is wrong with this trade out of interest ?
I would have thought that with Project Soothsayer
coming up it would be an exciting time to be in EW.
RTFQ. I was giving advice on trades based on his rekindled interest in computers.

Now't wrong with the trade, just not very "computery" for this chap.
 
#14
just out of interest, do the signals use any programming languages?

I have worked as a computer programmer but the companies I have worked for turned out to be crap working conditions, Computing is also a hobby of mine.

I'm proficient in C++, VB, C#, Java and PHP any use for the army?
 
#16
UberSoldat said:
just out of interest, do the signals use any programming languages?

I have worked as a computer programmer but the companies I have worked for turned out to be crap working conditions, Computing is also a hobby of mine.

I'm proficient in C++, VB, C#, Java and PHP any use for the army?
Programmer's are generally contracted. Closest you'll get is a bit of scripting for admin purposes.
I've coded C++ apps for work before but it's just a hobby, I don't get paid extra for it. :(
You would be over qualified and extremely frustrated at the attitudes towards IT, mention 'open source' and you might as well declare yourself a communist spy. I proposed a Linux MySQL/PHP setup the other day when they were asking for ideas for a new db and you could have heard a pin drop. :roll:
 
#17
UberSoldat said:
just out of interest, do the signals use any programming languages?

I have worked as a computer programmer but the companies I have worked for turned out to be crap working conditions, Computing is also a hobby of mine.

I'm proficient in C++, VB, C#, Java and PHP any use for the army?
Application design and programming per se has little place in the RSIGNALS mainstream to be honest, though web scripting (XML, PHP, ASP etc) is becoming more commonplace.

deadc0de said:
mention 'open source' and you might as well declare yourself a communist spy. I proposed a Linux MySQL/PHP setup the other day when they were asking for ideas for a new db and you could have heard a pin drop. :roll:
I wish more guys would think laterally like you. Unfortunately, lots of people are scared of change.
 
#18
specop140 said:
Binary Warfare

Can you let me know please why "having a rekindled interest in computers" would not be good for an EW Sys Op?

Rgds.
I didn't say it wouldn't be good for an EW Sys Op.

I was simply indicating that it was probably the least obvious path for somebody with a rekindled interest in computers. You know, for example, somebody like the guy who asked the question that started this thread, that stated he had a rekindled interest in computers. :roll:
 
#19
Be a Radio Op dude (and on your dream sheet write 'Please send me to an Armoured Unit I wanna drive a FourThree!!!')
 
#20
Binary Warfare

I acknowledge your post and im certainly not trying to turn this in the wrong direction.

EW Sys Ops now need to have a high degree of computer related knowledge. The main one being networking principles, as a trade we need this skill set in order to carry out our job effectively.

Again, please do not see this as a negative response to your posts.
I just ask that you do not say "Dont Bother" as this may turn away people that we need.

Cheers
 

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